Updated at 8:45 p.m. to clarify the location of mingled funds.
The Missouri Ethics Commission has fined St. Louis city Alderman Antonio French nearly $38,000 for a series of campaign finance violations that occurred during his successful 2009 campaign for the 21st Ward seat.
French, a Democrat, was charged with five violations, including failing to maintain a checking account at a chartered bank for about nine months, and failing to update campaign records to indicate the closure of the old account and the opening of a new one.
Gov. Jay Nixon is asking Missouri lawmakers to move quickly to restore a government ethics bill the state Supreme Court struck down on Tuesday.
The legislation - which was struck down on procedural grounds - required campaigns to report contributions of more than $500 within 48 hours, banned certain committee-to-committee transfers, and allowed the state's Ethics Commission to investigate without first receiving complaints.
Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich has acknowledged that his campaign failed to follow a state law requiring quick reporting of certain campaign contributions.
The law requires statewide officeholders to report contributions greater than $500 to the state Ethics Commission within 48 hours of receiving them, if those donations occur while the Legislature is in session or the governor is considering whether to sign or veto bills. The governor had until Thursday to act on bills.
Updated 5:08 p.m. April 15, 2011 with information about Kinder:
Missouri Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon has reported raising about twice as much campaign money as Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder in the past six months.
Nixon's campaign committee said Friday it raised $1.7 million during that period and had $2 million in the bank at the end of March. Kinder's campaign reported raising $771,000 and said it had $902,000 on hand.
Nixon reported spending $625,000 during the past six months, and Kinder's campaign said it spent $240,000.
An effort to cap campaign contributions to candidates in Missouri has moved one step forward.
The secretary of state's office on Friday approved a summary for a proposed ballot measure. That clears the way for supporters to begin collecting the more than 91,000 signatures needed to put the question to voters in 2012.
The proposal would bar candidates from accepting more than $5,000 per donor for each election.
Missouri's campaign finance laws have undergone numerous makeovers in recent years.