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EXCLUSIVE: Todd Graves Sends Letter to Ethics Commission

October 4th, 2007 by mopns · No Comments

 The Missouri Political News Service has obtained an eleven page letter that former U.S. Attorney Todd Graves has sent on his firm’s legal stationary to the Missouri Ethics Commission. The Commission meets today to decide the fate of millions of dollars in campaign contributions. Mr. Graves, brother of Rep. Sam Graves, writes in the letter that he hopes to “provide the Commission with useful guidance sorting out its statutory and constitutional duties from the enflamed rhetoric.” 

Graves argues – that in light of the Supreme Court’s July 19th decision to invalidate unlimited contributions and the Court’s later impotence in not deciding if candidates must return money over the old limits – there is not a statute giving the commission the power to decide if candidates should return excess money. Mr. Graves is concerned that “many inaccurate statements” and “wishful media spin” may motivate the Commission to involve itself in “value making and policy judgements that are legislative.”

Click HERE to read the entire letter.

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