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Audit says former Missouri Gov. Nixon overspent on office

Democratic Auditor Nicole Galloway's office released a report Monday that said Nixon exceeded lawmaker-approved spending on his office, flights, mansion and security in fiscal years 2015 and 2016. (File)

An audit says former Democratic Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon spent $2.2 million more on his office than what lawmakers budgeted for and used taxpayer dollars for personal food and security costs.

Democratic Auditor Nicole Galloway's office released a report Monday that said Nixon exceeded lawmaker-approved spending on his office, flights, mansion and security in fiscal years 2015 and 2016 by shifting expenses to other agencies and delaying paying bills. Galloway's office said that hides the cost of running the governor's office.

A former Nixon staffer in a response included in the audit said the split reflects how work was performed.

The audit also said Nixon used state funds for transportation and security during personal and political events, as well as for personal food. Nixon's staffer argued state law permits that.

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