Kemper Plant Opponent Cleared of Misspending State Money

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Jackson, Miss.
Mississippi's state auditor and a legislative watchdog committee say there's no merit to allegations that an opponent of Mississippi Power Co.'s Kemper County plant misspent state money.

The committee and the auditor said in December that Bigger Pie Forum isn't funded with state money, stopping inquiries.

JobKeeper Alliance, a union-linked group based in Montgomery, Ala., charged Bigger Pie was using public money from the private Institute for Technology Development. ITD was created to commercialize research from Mississippi universities, receiving millions in state and federal money.

PEER and the auditor say ITD no longer has any state funds.

Bigger Pie President Ashby Foote says he welcomes the findings, saying the charges were "trumped up."

JobKeeper Executive Director Patrick Cagle said the inquiries were flawed and seeks a full audit of ITD.