Former Missouri lawmaker fined $77,500 for ethics violations

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A former Missouri lawmaker now running for mayor of Ferguson has been fined $77,500 after a state ethics panel determined he used campaign money on spas, concerts, and other personal expenses.

The Missouri Ethics Commission on Tuesday announced the fine for Courtney Curtis, a Democrat who served three two-year terms as a state representative from St. Louis County starting in 2013. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Curtis also failed to report 10 contributions.

The fine could be waived if Curtis pays $7,750 and remains in compliance with state law for two years.

In 2018, the Missouri Supreme Court blocked Curtis from running for the Missouri Senate because he had not paid a separate fine for campaign finance law violations.

Curtis didn’t immediately respond to a phone message on Wednesday.
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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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