Pro-Parson committee fined for taking out-of-state donation

November 18, 2021 GMT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — An independent political action committee that supports Missouri Gov. Mike Parson was fined this week for taking a donation from an out-of-state committee, according to the state campaign finance oversight agency.

At issue is a $150,000 donation in October 2020 from the RAGA Action Fund, the Republican Attorneys General Association’s federal political committee, to Uniting Missouri, a pro-Parson PAC based in Missouri.

The Missouri Ethics Commission found probable cause that Uniting Missouri violated a state law by accepting the money. Missouri law prohibits political committees from taking donations from out-of-state committees that are not also registered in the state.

The Ethics Commission fined Uniting Missouri $2,000, according to a consent order filed Monday. The PAC only has to pay $1,000 as long as it doesn’t violate any more campaign finance laws in the next two years.

The treasurer for Uniting Missouri signed the consent order.