Missouri Auditor Criticizes Missouri Secretary of State Operations

(AP) – An audit of the Missouri secretary of state’s office shows $120,000 went to the wrong fund and there wasn’t adequate oversight of raises.

The audit released Thursday shows at least $120,000 in electronic payments went to general revenues. The money should have gone to a technology trust fund.

The office has asked that the money be transferred back. About a third has been returned.

The reporting spans the 2015, 2014 and 2013 fiscal years, which mostly falls under Secretary of State Jason Kander’s time in office, which began January 2013.

The audit also shows the office didn’t fully document reasons for salary increases.

Democratic Auditor Nicole Galloway donated $550 to Kander before assuming office in 2015.

A Galloway spokeswoman says professional standards did not require her recusal from the audit.

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