Koster’s office lacks conflict-of-interest policy, audit finds

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster’s office has not instituted a policy to guard against conflicts of interest, according to a report released Tuesday by the state auditor’s office.

The investigation follows Koster’s pledge last fall to institute “sweeping new transparency measures” after a New York Times article suggested the attorney general had dropped or altered investigations of certain companies after his campaign had received gifts from lobbyists with ties to those companies.

Koster, a leading Democratic candidate for governor in 2016, said in response to Tuesday’s audit that his campaign organization had instituted changes following the New York Times report.

The audit is the first released by the state auditor’s office since the suicide of Tom Schweich, the former state auditor and Republican gubernatorial candidate. Schweich had recused himself from the audit.

Read more from St. Louis Public Radio and the Columbia Missourian


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