Watchdog group calls for investigation of Missouri Senate leader Ron Richard

By: Jason Hancock, The Kansas City Star, April 19, 2017

A government watchdog group filed a complaint Wednesday asking federal prosecutors to investigate pay-to-play allegations against Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard.

The Washington, D.C.-based Campaign for Accountability filed a complaint with Tom Larson, acting U.S. attorney for the Western District of Missouri, requesting an investigation into whether Richard violated federal law by accepting a $100,000 contribution from a donor just days after filing legislation that would have affected a lawsuit against that donor’s company.


Dan Stevens, executive director of the Campaign for Accountability, said the situation “begs for a grand jury investigation.”

“It’s a crime for elected officials to accept benefits in exchange for official action,” he said.

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