The State Ethics Commission says Governor-elect Matt Blunt did not use state money for political purposes when he ran get-out-the-vote advertisements in newspapers – with his picture in the ads. About $48,000 worth of ads were run in almost 300 newspapers throughout the state just days before the primary election in August. Four of Blunt’s opponents in the Republican Primary and a supporter of Democrat Claire McCaskill filed the complaints with the Ethics Commission. The Ethics Commission has ruled taxpayer funds were not used to support a candidate in that ad.