eMailbag: On English’s MEC Fine


This may be the only time in my life I will defend Keith English…. But MEC’s interpretation is based on this statute: 130.033. Any reasonable attorney’s fees accrued by a person who is the subject of a complaint which are used in defending such person in any matter resulting in an investigation arising from holding or running for public office may be paid out of such person’s committee, as defined in section 130.011.


They have read that language for a number of years to then conclude that all other attorneys’ fees are not allowable. It is more likely that the legislature intended to specifically include these as allowable expenses and then to fall back to the general test in section 130.034 for other attorney fees. 


As you may know in many contexts like tax law attorneys fees are can be considered ordinary expenses.



Originally in April 20 MOScout.