PAC Donations to Independence Mayor, Days Before Vote on Project, Draw FBI Interest

Kansas City Star

Just days before voting to spend nearly $1 million to buy a golf course for a solar farm project in 2017, Independence Mayor Eileen Weir received more than $10,000 from political action committees funded by the company that would go on to operate the project. Brendan Fischer, director of federal reform with the Washington, D.C.,-based campaign-finance watchdog Campaign Legal Center, said that while he can’t speak to the legality of the donations, the timing “certainly creates the appearance that the money was given as an incentive or reward.”

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