TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY EAST SIDE POLITICAL GROUP FREEDOM, INC. SETTLES MISSOURI ETHICS COMMISSION COMPLAINTS!!!
For more than a year we've reported on fines and leadership challenges facing Kansas City powerhouse political group Freedom, Inc.
Today there's important news to reveal regarding the future of the organization.
Check it . . .
FREEDOM, INC. HAS FINALLY COME TO TERMS WITH THE MISSOURI ETHICS COMMISSION AND HAS RECENTLY SETTLED COMPLAINTS!!!
Behind the scenes, we know that the first round of fines was along the lines of $175k but that number was knocked down to only $9,500 with a probation peroid of two years.
Now . . .
READ THIS OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM FREEDOM, INC. REGARDING THEIR SETTLEMENT WITH THE MISSOURI ETHICS COMMISSION FIRST ON TKC!!!
Statement on behalf of Freedom, Inc.
Resolution of Missouri Ethics Commission Complaints
On behalf of the Freedom, Inc. Leadership team I am pleased to announce that complaints pending before the Missouri Ethics Commission have been resolved. In a Joint Stipulation, Freedom, Inc. acknowledged a series of campaign finance law violations dating back to 2008. Pursuant to a Consent Order issued by the Missouri Ethics Commission on October 26 2012, we paid a fee assessment (fine) in the amount of $9,500.00. The Freedom, Inc. officers responsible for the violations have been removed and replaced. Under the terms of the settlement the organization is, in effect, on probation for a 2 year period during which we must comply with campaign finance laws.
This matter was resolved in a fair and equitable manner by the Ethics Commission. We commend and thank the Commission, their staff, and attorneys for their cooperation and even headed disposition of this case.
Freedom, Inc. has a rich legacy. After fighting Jim Crow and eradicating faction control of the predominantly black wards, Freedom, Inc. organized and mobilized voters to elect the first African Americans to the Kansas City Council, the Missouri Senate, the Mayor's office and the United States Congress. Members of the organization continue to hold elected of appointed positions at every level of government. We are proud of our accomplishments.
A new leadership team comprised of Senator Kiki Curls, Dr. Gayle Holliday, and former Councilman Charles Hazley is managing the organization. There is a new Treasurer and a new secretary who are proficient in accounting, compliance, and record keeping. Under this leadership team the organization is competent, professional and successful. In the August 7th primary election all of the candidates for government office and the issues we are supported won with large majorities. The margins in the predominantly black wards were overwhelming. After 50 years of successfully working for the political empowerment of African Americans the organization is revitalized and moving forward in service to the community.
Clinton Adams, Jr., Legal Counsel
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