Kander, Blunt face questions over controversial campaign funders

With just a week left until the Nov. 8 election, Missouri’s leading candidates for U.S. Senate, Jason Kander and Roy Blunt, are answering questions about campaign contributors.

Democratic candidate Kander’s campaign said Monday it would write a $25,000 check to the U.S. Treasury after a report surfaced that Kander received contributions from a law firm that handed out bonuses that may have illegally obscured the source of donations.

Kander received $25,000 from nine members of the Thornton law firm, all on May 14, 2015. A Boston Globe story said the law firm’s bonuses coincided with political contributions made by employees to a number of prominent Democrats and Democratic campaign committees. Compensating individuals for their political contributions is broadly seen as illegal.

Meanwhile, Blunt, the Republican incumbent, is under fire for contributions to his campaign from the for-profit college industry and its lobbyists.

Blunt is the second-highest recipient in the Senate of donations in the 2016 election from individuals who work for for-profit education companies and their political action committees, with a total of $28,800.

He’s gotten at least $73,550 more from lobbyists hired by for-profits, and an unknown amount from fundraisers those lobbyists threw for him, according to an analysis of public records by McClatchy.

Read more: Kansas City Star

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