The complaint with the Missouri Ethics Commission alleges Musgraves failed to file a campaign finance report eight days before the primary election.
“The voters of Missouri’s 50th District deserve to know how James Musgraves is funding his campaign and how his campaign committee is spending its funds,” Mann campaign manager Cole Bower wrote in a news release announcing the complaint filing.
Bower asked in the release if Musgraves doesn’t follow the rules during the campaign, how would he be expected to follow rules if elected.
It’s a simple misunderstanding, Musgraves said by phone Tuesday.
“I didn’t do anything to require an eight-day report,” Musgraves said.
He said he filed a letter of testament with the Missouri Ethics Commission that he didn’t have any campaign finance activity for the period. That doesn’t show up online, so his opponent wouldn’t have known about it, he said.
“It’s no big deal,” Musgraves said.
He has contacted the ethics commission since the complaint was filed to confirm that he was doing things correctly, he said.
“I don’t want to speculate about why my opponent filed the complaint,” Musgraves said.
Both Musgraves and Mann were unopposed in the primary.
The 50th District now comprises southern Columbia and a little bit of eastern Columbia after redistricting.
Roger McKinney is the education reporter for the Tribune. You can reach him at email@example.com or 573-815-1719. He’s on Twitter at @rmckinney9.