ST. LOUIS — A former Missouri House member has been fined more than $500,000 for several campaign contribution violations.
Talibdin "T.D." El-Amin of St. Louis, who was recently released from federal prison for corruption charges, was fined for violations going back to 2006.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that El-Amin controlled several campaign committees before he went to prison for accepting a bribe in 2009. The state Ethics Commission found that El-Amin used thousands of dollars from those committees for personal expenses, and paid thousands to family members.
The commission found El-Amin didn't properly account for tens of thousands of dollars in contributions and expenses and treated campaign accounts like a cash machine.
On Tuesday, El-Amin called the ethics penalty an "administrative charge" and said he had no other comment.