Fact Check: Greitens claim that Koster had used “$3.2 million to redecorate his office” was rule “misleading” by the AP and “false” by KMOV.

VIDEO: KMOV Had Fact Checked Greitens Claim About Koster’s Renovation, Ruled Attack “False.” [KMOV, 10/6/16]

Greitens Had Accused Koster In Ads And At The Debate Of “Spending $3.2 Million To Redecorate His Office.” “Greitens: At a debate Sept. 30 in Branson and in ads, Greitens has accused Koster of spending $3.2 million to redecorate his office.” [AP, 10/13/16]

AP: “The Allegation Is Misleading.” [AP, 10/13/16]

Koster’s Request To Use Money From Consumer Fraud Cases To Renovate Was Office Was Approved – Koster Did Not Even Work In The Office The Was Renovated. “In 2013, lawmakers approved Koster’s request to use money recovered from consumer-fraud cases to pay most of a $3.2 million renovation of an office that houses staff for the attorney general. Koster works in a different building. The work included replacing a ceiling, replacing carpet, improving the heating and cooling system, and addressing potential health concerns. ‘We tore asbestos out of a building that was seeping water through the mold and had no windows,” Koster said at the debate.’” [AP, 10/13/16]

Springfield News-Leader: “None Of The Money Came From The State’s General Revenue. Instead, The Repairs Were Funded Mostly By Money Brought In By The Attorney General’s Office, Such As From Consumer Fraud Cases, With The Remainder Coming From The Federal Government.” [Springfield News-Leader, 9/8/16]

KOSTER PROPOSED USING MONEY HIS OWN CONSUMER PROTECTION UNIT RECOVERED AND FEDERAL FUNDS TO PAY FOR THE “MODEST” RENOVATION

Koster Proposed Renovation Of “Long-Neglected” State Office Space With Money Recovered From Consumer Fraud Cases. “Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is proposing to use money recovered from consumer fraud cases to help pay for a $3.2 million renovation of his staff’s office. Koster said Wednesday that the remodeling would spruce up a long-neglected part of the Broadway State Office Building, complementing repairs made over the past couple years to the building’s leaking windows and roof.” [AP, 2/22/12]

Koster Said The Goal Was To Make Office “A Modest, Model-Quality Law Office. We’re Not Trying To Make Anything Fancy Over There.” [AP, 2/22/12]

Koster: “State Buildings Should Be Maintained And Not Allowed To Crumble. There’s Only So Long We Can Turn Our Back On Decaying Infrastructure.” [AP, 2/22/12]

PHOTOS SHOWED AN OFFICE IN DESPERATE NEED OF RENOVATION

Photos Of Office Before Renovation [AGO]

RECORDS SHOWED OFFICE HAD ASBESTOS

Broadway Office Tested Positive For Asbestos. [AGO Request, Accessed 2009-2010]

KOSTER’S PROPOSAL USED NO GENERAL REVENUE FUNDS TO RENOVATE OFFICE

St. Louis Business Journal: “Funding The Proposed Renovation Would Not Come From General Revenue, But Rather About $400,000 In Administrative Allowances That Accompany Federal Grants, And About $2.8 Million From The Merchandising Practices Revolving Fund.” “Funding the proposed renovation would not come from general revenue, but rather about $400,000 in administrative allowances that accompany federal grants, and about $2.8 million from the Merchandising Practices Revolving Fund. Money recovered by the state in consumer fraud cases goes into the fund, which is available to pay expenses of the attorney general’s office. ‘We’ve been setting aside money for several years for this,’ Gonder said.” [St. Louis Business Journal, 2/23/12]

Koster’s Proposal “Would Not Use General State Funds” – But “Tap Nearly $2.8 Million From A From A Special Fund Set Up To Receive Money From Consumer Fraud And Unfair Merchandising Cases Brought By The Attorney General’s Office, As Well As Nearly $400,000 From Federal Funds.” [AP, 2/22/12]

IN 2013, THE YEAR AFTER KOSTER’S REQUEST, THE MISSOURI SENATE UNANIMOUSLY AND THE MISSOURI HOUSE NEARLY UNANIMOUSLY PASSED $141 MILLION FOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND

In 2013, The Missouri Legislature Passed A $212 Million Capital Improvement Bill That Would Have Spent $141 Million Over Two Years From General Revenue For Capital Improvements. [HB 18, 2013]

HB 18 Showed No General Revenue Money Went To Attorney General’s Office, $3.4 Million In Capital Improvements Came From “Federal And Other Funds.” [HB 18, 2013]

Office Of Administration Showed Nearly $2.8 Million Came From “Other Funds” And Nearly $400,000 Came From Federal Funds – $0 Came From Taxpayers Funded General Revenue For AGO Jefferson City Broadway Building Improvements. [Missouri Office Of Administration, 2013 Capital Improvements]

The Missouri Senate Passed Capital Improvement Bill (HB 18) Unanimously 33-0, Including Sen. Will Kraus Who Had Been Critical Of Koster And Sen. John Lamping Who Supported Greitens. [Activity History HB18, Vote, 2013]

The Missouri House Passed Capital Improvement Bill (HB 18) 149-5. [Activity History HB18, 2013]

GREITENS HAD CAMPAIGNED WITH LEGISLATORS WHO HAD APPROVED THE RENOVATION

Greitens Had Attacked Koster For Office Renovations While Campaigning With Caleb Jones And Caleb Rowden – Two Representatives Who Had Approved The Renovation. “Greitens also criticized renovations for the attorney general’s office that Koster lobbied for, though the 2013 Capitol improvements were approved unanimously by the Senate and only five representatives voted against it. Representatives Caleb Jone and Caleb Rowden voted for the funding Greitens attacked. None of the money used for those renovations came from general revenue, most of it from federal grants.” [Missouri Times, 8/27/16]