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Senator calls for House Education Chair to step down

February 8, 2005
By: Tim Carnahan
State Capital Bureau

A Saint Louis County state representative has called for the chair of the house education committee to step down because of unethical behavior. Tim Carnahan has more from the Capitol.

Representative Rachel Storch said Jane Cunningham used her position as chair of the House Education Committee to raise campaign funds for Republican politicians.

She then used that fundraising work to lobby for reappointment as chair.

Storch is referencing a letter Cunningham sent to the House Republican Caucus asking for reappointment.

In the letter, Cunningham states "Remaining in that leadership position will help secure the continuation of these benefits to our caucus and to the State."

Storch calls Cunningham's behavior tantamount to bribery.

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Storch says she may call for a full investigation if Cunningham fails to release documents related to her fundraising.

Representative Cunningham says she did not break any conflict of interest or campaign finance laws.

From the State Capitol, I'm Tim Carnahan.

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Several state Democrats are calling for the Chair of the House Education Committee to step down. Tim Carnahan has more from the Capitol.

Representative Rachel Storch says Education Committee Chair Jane Cunningham's behavior is tantamount to bribery.

Storch referenced a letter Cunningham wrote to GOP caucus members stating she used her position as chair to raise campaign dollars for fellow Republicans, and that she would continue fundraising efforts if reappointed.

The letter also details Cunningham's work to raise money from a special-interest group in favor of school voucher programs.

Storch says that reflects a conflict of interest.

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Storch says she is going to submit legislation tightening laws related to bribery of state officials.

Representative Cunningham says she did not break any conflict of interest laws or campaign finance laws.

From the State Capitol, I'm Tim Carnahan.

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A Saint Louis County representative is calling for the House Education Committee Chair to step down. Tim Carnahan has more from the Capitol.

Saint Louis County Representative Rachel Storch says the chair's actions are tantamount to bribery.

At issue is a letter House Education Committee chair Jane Cunningham wrote to the GOP caucus, lobbying for reappointment.

In the letter Cunningham illustrates how she used her position as chair to raise money for Republican candidates from a school voucher advocacy organization.

Storch says Cunningham has a conflict of interest.

Cunningham says she did nothing wrong.

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However, Cunningham attached several pages to the letter listing her fundraising results: the amounts raised, and who received the money.

These amounts included a gift of more than $190,000 from the school voucher advocacy organization to Governor Blunt's campaign.

From the State Capitol, I'm Tim Carnahan.