Tuesday, February 3, 2015

(FEB. 3, 2015) Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says he’ll release $1.5 million in funds designated to fight child sexual exploitation. Nixon has held back the funds for months, despite objections from across the state. Several law enforcement agencies have laid off trained counter-child-exploitation personnel as a result of Nixon’s reckless actions.

Media reports say Nixon released the funds after his state won a $21 million windfall lawsuit settlement against Standard and Poors. In other words, flush with new cash, Nixon decided Missouri could finally afford to stop child predators and pornographers from preying on its children.

PROTECT was preparing a campaign to back Nixon down when the news was released today. We now will be moving to get legislation introduced to create a permanent revenue stream for counter-child-exploitation units in Missouri, beyond the reach of Nixon or future politicians.