Editorial: U.S. attorney should investigate Missouri Senate leader Ron Richard

By: The Kansas City Star Editorial Board, April 21, 2017

This Ron Richard thing is not going away.

Democrats and Republicans continue to raise serious questions about changes in state law that the leader of the Missouri Senate is proposing and a $100,000 campaign contribution he received from a prominent Joplin businessman who might benefit from the bill.

This week, a government watchdog group in Washington, D.C., weighed in and asked the U.S. attorney from these parts to investigate. The Campaign for Accountability wants to determine if Richard’s actions violated federal law that bars “pay to play” practices in which legislative favors are bestowed as a result of campaign donations.

We want answers, too. The U.S. attorney’s office should clear up yet another lingering ethics issue in the Missouri Capitol.

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