Campaign contributions from payday lenders come under scrutiny

The chairman of the Missouri Republican Party accused Democratic candidate for governor Chris Koster of pay-to-pay politics Tuesday because Koster accepted campaign funds from payday lenders.

In a conference call with reporters, Missouri GOP chief John Hancock said the $217,000 Koster has from the industry dating back nearly a decade is “repugnant.”

But Koster’s campaign, with one week to go before he faces off against Republican Eric Greitens, says he has the record to prove he has taken on predatory lenders as Missouri’s attorney general for the past eight years.

A separate Post-Dispatch review of campaign donations finds that Republicans – including the state party – also have accepted contributions from the payday lending industry.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Kansas City Star

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