August 30, 2011 •
Auditor’s Reports Finds Funding and Staffing Issues at Missouri Ethics Commission
A report by state Auditor Thomas Schweich found that the Missouri Ethics Commission is underfunded and understaffed.
The ethics commission was given new responsibilities in 2010, including additional abilities to initiate investigations and enforce new campaign finance laws.
The commission had been seeking seven new employees to address the new responsibilities, but budgetary constraints led to only two new hires.
The auditor’s report suggests raising lobbyist registration fees to increase revenue.
The report notes, “According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Missouri’s current lobbyist registration fee of $10 per year is one of the five lowest registration fees in the nation.”
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