Aldermanic President Lewis Reed was in Jefferson City yesterday asking the Missouri Ethics Commission to let him keep his over-the-limit campaign contributions.
From the Kansas City Star‘s Prime Buzz blog:
Reed was elected president of the board in an election last April, but campaign finance reports show he continued to receive over-the-limit contributions after the election.
In total, Reed accepted more than $27,000 in over-the-limit contributions. His campaignâ€™s latest finance report shows just over $9,000 on hand…
Reed, who was accompanied by an attorney at the hearing today, declined to comment, and only reluctantly gave his name to a Star reporter.
A law removing limits on contributions went into effect Jan. 1 of last year, but was overturned by the Supreme Court in July. The Ethics Commission is holding hearings to allow candidates who believe returning the excessive funds would be a hardship to argue for keeping the money.
According to the Star, Republican State Senator Tom Dempsey also appeared before the Ethics Commission yesterday.