Attorney General Accused of Asking Ameren for Money During Taum Sauk Investigation

FEBRUARY 8, 2007 - Posted at 7:46 a.m. CST

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Governor Matt Blunt's chief of staff is accusing Attorney General Jay Nixon's office of soliciting campaign contributions from Ameren Corporation.

Ed Martin alleges the office solicited the contributions after Nixon launched a criminal investigation of Ameren over the Taum Sauk reservoir collapse.

Martin tells The Associated Press that Nixon's office asked Ameren's top lawyer, Steve Sullivan, to donate money to Nixon's gubernatorial campaign.

Nixon spokesman Scott Holste points out that a Missouri Ethics Commission investigation cleared Nixon of any wrongdoing in relation to the contributions.

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