Watchdog group calls for investigation of Missouri Senate leader Ron Richard
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.