Missouri Auditor Claire McCaskill on Monday issued a report on fee-agent offices -- the place where you go to get your vehicle license. Gov. Matt Blunt took away 11 such offices in Missouri from the Department of Revenue and awarded them to friends and campaign contributors.
Blunt swears there's nothing illegal going on, but there's an ongoing FBI investigation.
McCaskill's audit found no smoking gun, only the stench of smoke. Equipment was auctioned off at ridiculously low prices; the Springfield office's equipment was sold for $3,100 (The Blunt-run Department of Revenue calls the equipment "essentially worthless" and claims it made a profit).
About 250 pieces of state-owned equipment are missing. Bad business practices abound; several offices were opened by private contractors who didn't have signed contracts with the state.
The Springfield offices -- the sole office on Park Central Square has been split into three locations -- are big money makers. McCaskill's report says the Springfield offices brought in fees of $975,000 in fiscal year 2004. Being tight with Matt and Roy Blunt has its privileges.
Read the summary here, or read the complete audit (.pdf) by clicking here.