The Buzz

Paul LeVota creates new campaign committee



Former Missouri state Sen. Paul LeVota has closed his campaign account and transferred the $103,589 it contained to a new committee that lists his wife as treasurer.

LeVota, an Independence Democrat, made the move so that he can “support causes and candidates in the future,” he said in a brief interview with The Buzz.

Unless he’s raising money for another campaign, LeVota could not continue his old state Senate committee. LeVota apparently has no plans to run for office again anytime soon.

LeVota resigned from office last year in the wake of sexual harassment allegations involving Statehouse interns.

“I'm not a candidate for office, so I closed my committee,” LeVota said.

The $103,559 is enough money to give him some clout in Jackson County politics, if he chooses.

LeVota’s wife, Nancy LeVota, is listed as treasurer of the newly created “Leadership for Missouri” political action committee. The committee was formed Dec. 15, according to documents on file with the Missouri Ethics Commission.

The funds were transferred to the new committee on Wednesday. The termination of LeVota’s campaign account for his state Senate races was filed Thursday.

Gov. Jay Nixon has opted not to call a special election to fill LeVota’s seat. As things stand now, the seat will be filled following the November election. Three Democrats have filed for the 11th District seat.