St. Louis Public Radio News
6:18 am
Wed August 6, 2008

Ethics complaint against Koster dismissed

Jefferson City, MO – An ethics complaint filed against Missouri Attorney General Candidate Chris Koster has been dismissed.

The complaint accused Koster of forming the Economic Growth Council as a vehicle for getting around campaign contribution limits that were reinstated last year by the Missouri Supreme Court.

Those limits will be revoked again by a new law that takes effect on August 28th.

The Missouri Ethics Commission says it found no evidence to suggest that Koster had broken the law.

Danny Kanner is Koster's campaign spokesman.

"The ruling is certainly not surprising, since the campaign consistently acted in consultation with the Ethics Commission," Kanner said.

KWMU contacted the offices of state senators Maida Coleman (D, St. Louis) and Scott Rupp (R, Wentzville), who filed the complaint, but so far neither one has responded.

"The Ethics Commission confirmed what the senator and the Koster Campaign have been saying all along, which is that these complaints were really nothing more than political stunts," Kanner said.

Koster is also claiming victory in Tuesday's Democratic primary.

Fellow Attorney General Candidate Margaret Donnelly has not conceded and is considering a recount.