Missouri Ethics Commission imposes $120,000 fine - KMOV.com

Missouri Ethics Commission imposes $120,000 fine

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The Missouri Ethics Commission has ordered a political action committee and its officers to pay more than $120,000 in fines.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the Unity PAC failed to report thousands of dollars of donations and expenditures in 2006-08. The commission filed its report last week.

If the first 10 percent of the fine is paid within 45 days and the PAC doesn't violate any more election laws for two years, the fines can be reduced by 90 percent.

Attorney Elbert Walton Jr. founded and ran the PAC. It was established to help blacks gain elective office in north St. Louis County.

Walton did not return phone calls or an e-mail from the Post-Dispatch seeking comment.

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