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Missouri: state rep spent campaign funds for personal expenses

AP reports: A state lawmaker has acknowledged spending campaign money on personal expenses, which could be a violation of state campaign finance laws.

Freshman Rep. Michael Brown, D-Kansas City, says he made a mistake when he dipped into campaign funds to help pay for such things as personal utility bills.

"When I moved to Jefferson City, we were in a pinch," Brown told The Kansas City Star for a story published Friday. "It was keep the lights on, keep the gas on, keep the phone on. It wasn't (spent on) trips. It wasn't vacations. It wasn't going out to dinner.

"It was a mistake to use that money," Brown, 42, said. -- AP Wire | 08/19/2005 | State lawmaker says he spent campaign money on self