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Senior Mo. Rep. Accused of Misusing Campaign Funds

October 24, 1996
By: Jennifer Horton
State Capital Bureau
Missouri State Representative Gene Copeland, the longest serving member of the House, is being accused of illegally spending campaign funds.

Jennifer Horton has the details from the state capital.

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The Missouri Republican Party accuses State representative Gene Copeland of illegally using over 80-thousand dollars in campaign funds over ten years.

State GOP spokesman Daryl Duwe, says Copeland's campaign finance reports prove he is spending the funds on country club dinners and other personal entertainment...like over a thousand dollars on golf balls and his home cable bill.

But Copeland says he can explain all of the expenditures.

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Contents: He uses some of the money to donate to the Mayo clinic so that his friends can get in easier.

Copeland calls the accusation a personal attack made by John Cozad, chairman of the Missouri Republican Party.

From the capital, I'm Jennifer Horton.