It’s all a money grab fam and the consequences are minimal…<br><br>”A former state lawmaker running to be mayor of Ferguson used his campaign account like a personal piggy bank, spending money on visits to spas, hotels and concert events, state ethics regulators said Tuesday.<br><br>Courtney Curtis, who has had multiple run-ins with the Missouri Ethics Commission over his campaign accounts, was fined more than $77,000 by the panel for a variety of alleged transgressions, including spending money from his account on gas and hotels while also receiving daily expense reimbursements from the state during his time as a member of the House.<br><br>Curtis, who is a Democrat, also failed to report 10 contributions, including a $25,000 check from Republican mega donor David Humphreys of Joplin.<br><br>Curtis’ fine could be waived if he pays $7,750 and stays in compliance with state law for two years, the MEC said.<br><br>Action by the commission came 15 months after the Missouri Supreme Court blocked Curtis from running for a seat in the state Senate because he had not paid a separate fine for violating numerous state campaign finance laws.<br><br>In that case, the commission fined him $114,000 for maintaining at least 11 bank accounts for his campaign fund, potentially allowing him to use some of those donations for personal use.<br><br>He also accepted cash donations in excess of state limits, deposited campaign contributions into a personal bank account and used campaign funds to pay for items that were already covered by the state.”

It’s all a money grab fam and the consequences are minimal…

“A former state lawmaker running to be mayor of Ferguson used his campaign account like a personal piggy bank, spending money on visits to spas, hotels and concert events, state ethics regulators said Tuesday.

Courtney Curtis, who has had multiple run-ins with the Missouri Ethics Commission over his campaign accounts, was fined more than $77,000 by the panel for a variety of alleged transgressions, including spending money from his account on gas and hotels while also receiving daily expense reimbursements from the state during his time as a member of the House.

Curtis, who is a Democrat, also failed to report 10 contributions, including a $25,000 check from Republican mega donor David Humphreys of Joplin.

Curtis’ fine could be waived if he pays $7,750 and stays in compliance with state law for two years, the MEC said.

Action by the commission came 15 months after the Missouri Supreme Court blocked Curtis from running for a seat in the state Senate because he had not paid a separate fine for violating numerous state campaign finance laws.

In that case, the commission fined him $114,000 for maintaining at least 11 bank accounts for his campaign fund, potentially allowing him to use some of those donations for personal use.

He also accepted cash donations in excess of state limits, deposited campaign contributions into a personal bank account and used campaign funds to pay for items that were already covered by the state.”

Ferguson mayor candidate nabbed — again — for spending campaign cash on himself

Former state Rep. Courtney Curtis faces new fines totaling more than $77,000

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