Friday, February 22, 2008

Montee Audit Targets Blunt Vehicle, E-mail Policy

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) A state audit of the governor's office released Thursday points out continued problems with political and personal use of state vehicles.

The audit from Democratic State Auditor Susan Montee recommends legislation be enacted to explicitly define when state-owned cars can be used by the governor for purposes other than official business.

But Republicans call Montee's audit "a taxpayer financed media release" for Jay Nixon's campaign for Governor. "In particular, Montee’s attempt to question the use of vehicles as part of the governor’s security detail is a transparent political attempt to try and counter Jay Nixon’s clearly illegal use of state vehicles for political events exposed late last year by the media," said Republican party spokesman Paul Sloca. “Susan Montee is clearly using her office and taxpayer dollars to support Jay Nixon’s political campaign which is pathetic.”

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