Spence Campaign Asks Koster To Investigate Knowing Sunshine Law Violations By Jay NixonOctober 10, 2012
SAINT LOUIS, MO – After almost a year of Jay Nixon knowingly violating the Sunshine Law, the Spence Campaign today asked Attorney General Chris Koster to investigate and prosecute the case.
“Jay Nixon has knowingly violated the Sunshine law and Attorney General Koster needs to investigate and prosecute this case,” said Dave Spence, Republican gubernatorial nominee. “Jay Nixon’s lack of transparency and the corruption in his office is truly astounding. Not only can Missourians not get information they are lawfully entitled to receive, Nixon stonewalls citizens and reporters to hide information that might be politically damaging,” Spence continued.
As Attorney General, Chris Koster has a duty to investigate this case even though it means he’ll be investigating a member of his own political party. Now’s the time to see if his campaign slogan means what he says.
To view a copy of the letter that was sent to Attorney General Koster click here. The letter makes clear that Jay Nixon has failed to respond to an open records request he received almost a year ago. The only conclusion that can be drawn from his refusal is that the records are politically damaging and explain why hundreds of board and commission appointments have gone unfilled, or worse. When boards and commissions go unfilled Missouri families are hurt and necessary government functions grind to a halt. This situation is unacceptable.
Vacancies include but are not limited to:
- 7 vacancies or expired terms on the Child Abuse and Neglect Review Board
- 3 vacancies or expired terms on the Clean Water Commission
- 11 vacancies or expired terms on the Drug Utilization Review Board
- 15 vacancies or expired terms on the Hispanic Business, Trade and Culture Commission
- 16 vacancies or expired terms on the Missouri Workforce Investment Board
Members of the media should be outraged by the lack of transparency in Jay Nixon’s administration. Recent revelations that Jay Nixon’s office is insisting that all open records requests be routed through his office is a clear violation of the law, is obstructing the public’s access to records and needs to be aggressively investigated and prosecuted by the Attorney General.