Kansas Prosecutor Looking into Election Official’s Conduct

By: Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press, 5/9/16

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas prosecutor is looking into allegations of misuse of public funds against a top U.S. election executive when he was a county election commissioner in the state, two county officials confirmed Monday.

Johnson County spokeswoman Sharon Watson said that the county had concerns over the findings of an audit completed after Brian Newby left Kansas to take a job as executive director of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission in November last year. The federal commission was created in part to help make voting easier but advocates have said Newby has worked for restrictions.

“No one who has abused his state office as Mr. Newby clearly did should be awarded a new perch in the federal government,” said Anne Weismann, executive director of the Campaign for Accountability. “The Election Assistance Commission should demand his resignation and its inspector general should also take a close look to make sure Mr. Newby hasn’t been replicating his Kansas spending habits in Washington.”

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