Peter Kinder
5:33 pm
Tue April 26, 2011

Kinder pays Mo. more than $50K for questionable expense reimbursements

Updated 5:42 p.m. to reflect that the state has received Kinder's check:

Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder has paid the state $52,320 to cover any potentially questionable expense reimbursements during his term in office.

Kinder wrote the check from his personal funds - a change of plans from when he announced earlier this month that his campaign would pay the state $35,050 to cover St. Louis area hotel stays cited in a story by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Kinder campaign attorney Jared Craighead says the new, higher amount is roughly equal to the Republican official's total instate lodging reimbursements during the past six years. But Craighead also said the payment is intended to cover any potentially questionable expense reimbursement, whether it is for lodging, travel or meals.

The Missouri Democratic Party says an independent audit should be conducted to determine how much Kinder owes.

Original Story:

Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder plans to pay the state more than $50,000 to cover questionable expense reimbursements during his term in office.

Kinder campaign attorney Jared Craighead told The Associated Press that the Republican lieutenant governor planned to write the check Tuesday from his personal funds.

Kinder had said April 5 that his campaign would pay the state $35,050 - an amount equal to hotel stays in the St. Louis area that had been the subject of a story by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Craighead says the new, higher amount is roughly equal to Kinder's total instate lodging reimbursements in the past six years. But Craighead also said the payment is intended to cover any potentially questionable expense reimbursement, whether it is for lodging, travel or meals.