Ex-Missouri House member fined for campaign violations

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 | 7:46 a.m. CDT; updated 9:09 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, September 21, 2011

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.

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