Former Missouri Gov. Roger Wilson discloses campaign donations

Monday, April 23, 2012 | 3:36 p.m. CDT; updated 10:42 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, April 24, 2012

COLUMBIA — Former Missouri Gov. Roger Wilson said he wanted to report two campaign contributions that landed him in legal trouble but was asked by federal authorities not to contact state officials.

Wilson pleaded guilty this month to a misdemeanor federal charge of misusing funds for two campaign contributions totaling $8,000 to the Missouri Democratic Party.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reported that Wilson told the Missouri Ethics Commission last week that he and Missouri Employers Mutual made the campaign contributions. Wilson said he intended to contact officials in May 2011 but was asked to refrain by the U.S. Attorney's Office.

One condition for Wilson's release until his sentencing was to send a letter clearing the record about the contributions.

Wilson, a Democrat, served as governor after Mel Carnahan's fatal plane crash.

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