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Last week at the Missouri Ethics Commission:

C051254 11/03/2011 MCGHEE FOR SENATE Sam Howard Regional Group, Imagine Schools, Inc. 107 Concord Street Holliston MA 01746 11/3/2011 $7,500.00

On the same day in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Imagine Schools places top executive on leave

BY ELISA CROUCH […] Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2011 12:06 am

….The company has placed Sam Howard, executive vice president, on administrative leave pending the results of an internal investigation. Imagine spokeswoman Lori Waters said. The Post-Dispatch reported that a contracting firm that renovated Imagine school buildings had made $32,000 in payments to a “Sam Howard.” Howard had no explanation for the payments.

The Missouri Public Charter School Association is now calling for an investigation of the schools by the state auditor….

Well, that’s interesting.