Gov. Jay Nixon ran for office on promises of transparency and accountability, yet the recent Department of Revenue scandal calls into question whether these are truly the values of the Nixon administration.
After weeks of delay and obfuscation, Missourians now know that Nixon’s Department of Revenue has made a practice of illegally scanning personal documents, such as birth certificates, when citizens renew their drivers licenses or apply for concealed-carry permits. This is itself a violation of citizens’ privacy and of privacy laws. Worse yet, as reported by the Columbia Daily Tribune, these documents were twice sent to the federal government, in clear violation of Missouri law, HB 361, signed by Gov. Nixon himself in 2009. Missourians are told that the federal bureaucrat receiving this information destroyed the data; they are right to be skeptical.