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The group backing the proposed transportation sales tax is the biggest money-raising operation in the state – but it has yet to air a single TV ad.

Missourians for Safe Transportation and New Jobs, the campaign committee for the sales tax known as Amendment 7, appears to be entering the final weeks of the campaign with more than $2.5 million to spend.

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Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, has been tapped to deliver the Republican response to next Tuesday’s State of the State address by Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat.

Jones had been on the short list for the response, usually delivered within minutes of the governor's annual speech. Others believed to be in the running had been Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, who has delivered the response several times since Nixon took office, and state Auditor Tom Schweich, who’s running for re-election this fall.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: The Missouri Supreme Court has tossed out state Auditor Tom Schweich’s suit challenging Gov. Jay Nixon’s authority to withhold money allocated in state budget, ruling among other things that the auditor acted too quickly.

The 6-0 decision, released Tuesday, also reaffirmed that the Missouri constitution grants the governor broad powers to reduce or restrict state spending during the budget year.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: State Auditor Tom Schweich has a message for all those fellow Republicans who’ve already announced for office in 2016, or about to do so.

His two bits? Hold off.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Amid the fight in the state Capitol over whether to cut taxes, state Auditor Tom Schweich – a Republican – has issued a report that potentially could lay to rest any notion that Missouri state government is awash in cash.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: St. Louis businessman Sam Fox, a former ambassador to Belgium and one of the state’s most generous political donors, has given $100,000 this week to state Auditor Tom Schweich, who is expected to seek re-election next year.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: State Auditor Tom Schweich sharply criticized the Missouri House and Senate for its contention that records from individual lawmakers are not covered under the state’s open records laws.

Schweich, a Republican, released audits of the House and Senate on Friday. Among other things, the audits criticized both chambers for not properly retaining e-mail correspondence. The audits then went on to question the contention that records from individual lawmakers aren’t subject to the state’s Sunshine Law.

Mo. Auditor Questions Welfare Expenses In Audit

Mar 19, 2013
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Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich is questioning millions of dollars of welfare payments made to low-income residents.

Schweich released an annual audit Tuesday examining Missouri's use of $12.7 billion of federal funds during the 2012 budget. He raised concerns about $68 million of expenses, mainly through programs run by the Department of Social Services.

(We have the full audit for you below)

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 7, 2011 -  The St. Louis Election Board, under fire for more than a decade and the subject of a federal lawsuit, fared only slightly better in the latest state audit -- which questioned some of the agency's practices when it comes to finances, following the state's open-meetings laws, tracking voters and monitoring campaign finance reports.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 21, 2011 - Missouri state Auditor Tom Schweich today sharply criticized the state Tourism Commission's financial practices in an audit, including the $3.21 million that the panel spent over two years on the now-defunct bicycle race, Tour of Missouri.

The audit also faults Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, who sits on the commission, saying he failed to disclose that he also was chairman of Tour of Missouri Inc. 

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 21, 2011 - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is citing specific and broad constitutional powers to keep Missouri's budget balanced in court filings this week that challenge state Auditor Tom Schweich's assertion in a suit that the governor violated the state's constitution when he withheld money from some state programs to pay for Joplin disaster relief.

State Sen. Chuck Purgason's smaller-than-expected vote tally in Tuesday's Republican U.S. Senate primary, coupled with the defeat of state Rep. Allen Icet in the GOP contest for auditor, has prompted some post-primary talk about the true clout of Missouri's Tea Party movement.

"The Tea Party movement did not show a lot of strength,'' said Dave Robertson, a political science professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. "The Republican 'establishment' was able to withstand the assault from the Tea Party wing."

Based on their ads and major campaign events, one might think that Republicans Tom Schweich and Allen Icet were running for a post in Washington instead of state auditor in Jefferson City.

The two are vying on Aug. 3 for the GOP nomination for state auditor, and the right to challenge Democratic incumbent Susan Montee in November. But for the moment, she's not the focus of either potential rival.