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Former Governor Gives Gift to Lt. Governor
Last Updated on Monday, 3 January 2011 03:10 Written by rslcpol Monday, 3 January 2011 03:00
Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder has received a $300,000 gift from former Gov. Matt Blunt — just in time for the new political year.
Blunt has forgiven a large loan he made to Kinder’s 2008 lieutenant governor’s campaign. The decision frees Kinder to focus on fundraising for his likely challenge of Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon in 2012 instead of on paying off his past political debt.
Jefferson City attorney Jared Craighead, who handles campaign finance issues for Kinder, confirmed to The Associated Press on Thursday that the debt had been canceled. He provided a letter dated Wednesday from Blunt’s brother and campaign treasurer — Andy Blunt — informing Kinder’s committee of the loan forgiveness.