- Associated Press - Monday, January 12, 2015

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A former Missouri Democratic lawmaker faces a $100,000 fine from the state’s ethics commission for campaign finance disclosure violations.

Former Rep. Steve Webb, of Florissant, said Monday, he was not shying away from personal blame for his actions.

“You have to be personally responsible for some of the things you do and I should have done a better job keeping my books straight and filing my reports on time,” Webb said.

The consent order with the ethics commission allows most of the fine to be waived if Webb pays $3,550 within 60 days.

Webb pleaded guilty to seven misdemeanors and one felony charge of theft related to his handling of campaign funds in March. He resigned from the Missouri House in December 2013 after charges were filed.

The felony charge related to a $3,000 contribution that was intended for the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus, according to court documents. Webb said he had not stolen the funds but pleaded guilty because it was easier than going to trial.

The misdemeanor charges included misuse of campaign funds and failure to report contributions. Those violations were the focus of the ethics panel’s fine, according to the consent order dated Friday.

The criminal charges resulted from an investigation by the ethics commission that began after discrepancies were noted in Webb’s filings, executive director James Klahr said.

Usually, the ethics commission charges 10 percent of the total fine if it’s paid in a timely fashion. The commission took into account Webb’s felony conviction and the potential effect on his future income in asking for less than 10 percent of the total amount, Klahr said.

The commission also reached an agreement for Rep. Mark Parkinson, R-St. Charles, to pay $270 of a $2,700 fine within 45 days for failing to report some contributions and expenditures in a timely manner.

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