Missouri Ethics Commission

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    July 15, 2014

    Alderman Florida Takes Charge After Recorder of Deeds Resigns Over Nepotism Claims

    Recorder of Deeds isn't the most exciting position in City Hall. Recorders don't typically make much news while officiating the city's official records, including birth, death and marriage certificates. But the last month hasn't been typical. After making a splash in the headlines for signing fou ... More >>

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    April 14, 2014

    Ex-Alderwoman Triplett Avoids Charges; Fined $22,000 For "Breaking Community's Trust"

    In a series of decisions she herself called "indefensible" and motivated by "greed and selfishness," former St. Louis alderman Kacie Starr Triplett admitted in February to using a campaign fund as her personal ATM, paying for everything from spa outings to her gas bill and withdrawing thousands in c ... More >>

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    February 27, 2014

    Kacie Starr Triplett: Former St. Louis Alderwoman Admits Looting Campaign

    A former St. Louis alderwoman used her campaign funds to treat herself to salon and spa services, pay her mortgage and student loans and pad her wallet with spending cash. In 2007, a 26-year-old Kacie Starr Triplett became one of the city's youngest politicians ever when she was elected alderwoman ... More >>

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    February 4, 2014

    Trash Talk, F-Bombs Get St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley in Trouble Again

    County Executive Charlie Dooley's political appointees anonymously accused him of dropping some serious f-bombs and trashing opponents before asking for money at a closed-door campaign event last week. Unnamed sources who attended the private meeting told KMOX that Dooley's rallying speech was "sur ... More >>

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    December 20, 2013

    Mystery Solved: Glenn Jamboretz Was Behind Brentwood's Most Bizarre Election Ever

    After a year and a half, one of Brentwood's most bizarre political mysteries -- one that involves strawberry jam, a dead pregnant possum and a 1950's novel -- has finally been solved. Glenn Jamboretz, CEO of Glennon advertising firm and a former consultant for Brentwood Mayor Pat Kelly, is the man ... More >>

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    July 16, 2013

    Mayor Francis Slay Raises A Lot Of Money, May Run for Reelection in 2017 for Fifth Term

    Mayor Francis Slay made history earlier this year when he was reelected for a fourth term and officially became the longest serving mayor in the city. He and his staff have not made any announcements about yet another bid in 2017 for a fifth term, but he's not ruling out. And his latest campaign ... More >>

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    June 6, 2013

    Freeman Bosley Sr. Solicits Donations For Child's College Tuition: "I've Spent All...I Have"

    St. Louis alderman Freeman Bosley Sr. has spent many years giving back to the community -- and now he needs a little help in return. So says Bosley, who is getting a lot of attention this week -- including a front-page Post-Dispatch story today -- for a letter he sent to some of his local contacts ... More >>

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    January 31, 2013

    Lewis Reed Vs. Francis Slay: Mayor's Campaign Attacks Challenger For Out-of-State Donations

    As the March primary election nears, the intensity of the mayoral race is increasing -- and so is the inflow of cash. As we reported on Monday, Lewis Reed, the current president of the Board of Aldermen, more than doubled his donations after a weekend of fundraising. But where is the money coming ... More >>

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    January 28, 2013

    Lewis Reed: Francis Slay Opponent More Than Doubles Donations Over Weekend

    On Friday, the biggest news in the race for St. Louis mayor was that one of Lewis Reed's top donors is the "Grim Reaper of Radio" Bob Romanik, a convicted felon with ties to a major racketeering scandal. But just two days later, Reed's campaign now has two more filings out -- and they're ones that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2012

    Alderwoman Krewson Will Make Her Case Today for Shining a Light on Dark Money

    In Missouri, anybody can donate as much as they want to a political campaign, as long as they disclose who they are with the state Ethics Commission. Well, anybody except 501(c)(4) "social welfare" corporations. These non-profits are not required by any law to reveal where they get their cash, but c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2012

    Cheap Cigs Spent Big Money Defeating Missouri's Prop. B

    Tobacco companies financed the bulk of the paid opposition to last week's Proposition B that would have raised cigarette taxes in Missouri.Two off-brand cigarette manufacturers -- Cheyenne International and Xcaliber International -- each contributed more than $900,000 to the Missouri Petroleum Marke ... More >>

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    July 10, 2012

    Former Gov. Roger Wilson Sentenced to Probation and Fines

    Former Missouri Governor Roger B. Wilson, 63, and attorney Edward Griesedieck III, 53, were sentenced yesterday for misappropriation of insurance funds. Wilson received two years probation and a $5,000 fine, and he must pay $5,000 in restitution and perform 100 hours of community service. Griesediec ... More >>

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    July 2, 2012

    Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder Burned by Former Donors

    Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder lost two big donors last week to his challenger in the Republican primary, Brad Lager. David Humphreys, owner of the Joplin-based Tamko Building Products, cut a check for $250,000 to Lager's campaign last week in what is only the latest slap in the face to Kinder from a forme ... More >>

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    August 25, 2011
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    August 18, 2011

    Top Missouri GOP Consultant Hasn't Paid His Taxes

    courtesy of Fired Up! MissouriDavid Barklage (right) with Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder​As the main political consultant to Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder -- and a key strategist for the Missouri Republican Party -- David Barklage preaches the gospel of financial responsibility and ac ... More >>

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    August 12, 2011

    Peter Kinder: This Weekend, You Can Meet Him in St. Louis

    Peter Kinder is making his first public appearance in St. Louis this weekend -- but we expect he'll be avoiding Verlin's (and the entire Metro East).​Embattled Lt. Governor Peter Kinder -- suddenly more famous for his brief appearance at a bar known for its pantsless parties and alleged wooing of ... More >>

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    August 9, 2011

    Penthouse Pet Dishes on Peter Kinder: "He Was One of My Best Customers"

    Tammy Chapman, featured in this August 1992 Penthouse spread, says Peter Kinder asked her to move into his condo -- which was paid for by his political campaign.​Tammy Chapman, the former Penthouse Pet photographed earlier this year with Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder at a south-city bar k ... More >>

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    June 13, 2011

    Robin Wright-Jones: State Senator Decries Post-Dispatch "Hit Piece"

    Wright-Jones blames reporter for stirring things up on "sleepy summer afternoon."​Updated 9:35 a.m. with reaction from Jake Wagman.In a page-one story Sunday in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, political reporter Jake Wagman exposes several accounting irregularities in the campaign filings of state se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    Man Says Marketing Firm Promoting Menthol Ciggies Canned Him Because He's White

    Image viaThe firm told Hogan STL didn't have a market for any more of these. ​The second sentence of Daniel P. Hogan's federal complaint reads, "Plaintiff is a white male." Not usually the basis for complaining. But Hogan's lawsuit, which just got transferred into Missouri's Eastern federal distri ... More >>

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    February 21, 2011

    Missouri Legislature Targets Midwives

    The Missouri Medical Association is trying to stop midwives -- again.​Four years ago, the Missouri Legislature decriminalized midwifery -- making it legal for a woman who's certified by one of two national midwives' organizations to deliver babies here.But the state's physicians don't like the com ... More >>

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    December 30, 2010
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    November 22, 2010

    How Much Are Lobbyists Spending on Your St. Louis Alderman?

    kaciestarrtriplett.comKacie Starr Triplett (Ward 6) leads the Board of Aldermen with $1,327 in lobbyist expenditures this year.​Poor St. Louis Aldermen. Sure, their $32,000 a year salary is nothing to sneeze at and roughly on par with what state reps ($36k) and senators ($31k) earn. But when it co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2010

    Could Anti-Prop B Campaign Be Sneaky Influential?

    image via​​It seems that Prop B is the issue that just won't die. Voted in by a 60,000-vote margin a week and a half ago, there's already talk of state legislature gutting the new regulations come January. Here at Daily RFT we did a little electoral math of our own. Like, actual math. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2010

    Sinquefield Gives $200,000 to Politician Who Ran Unopposed, Wants to End State Income Tax

    Tilley: Young power broker has Sinquefield to thank for part of his fortune. ​Last Tuesday, financier Rex Sinquefield won the first round of an effort to rid St. Louis and Kansas City of income taxes. On Wednesday, the man whose million of dollars in campaign contributions are transforming Missour ... More >>

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    November 3, 2010

    Rex Sinquefield: Victory for Prop. A Costs Him $8.67 Per Vote

    Rex Sinquefield appreciates buying your vote.​Rex Sinquefield spent at least $11,218,000 of his own money to ensure the passage of Proposition A, the ballot initiative that will require St. Louis and Kansas City residents to vote every five years on whether to keep their cities' earning tax.As rep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2010

    Edward Jones Dome Officials Get Fat on Freebies -- You Foot the Bill

    In 2008, sports authority staff and their guests helped themselves to six kegs of beer.​Eliot Davis, you're welcome. Feel free to use the above headline for your next You Paid for It installment. State auditor Susan Montee is out today with a less-than-flattering review of the management at the St ... More >>

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    October 1, 2010

    Rex Sinquefield Gives $3.9 Million to Earnings Tax Repeal; Has Now Given $10.7 Million

    One campaign contribution filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission over the past 48 hours stands out from the others. See if you can pick it out below:​With yesterday's gift of $3.9 million, financier Rex Sinquefield has now given in excess of $10 million to his pet project of overturning the ear ... More >>

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    September 20, 2010

    Anti-Puppy Mill Prop B Fundraising Goes to the Dogs

    MOFed: This doxie wants you to vote for America.Fundraising in support of Proposition B, the anti-puppy mill initiative that will be on Missouri's ballot come November 2, is far outstripping the funds raised by those who oppose its passage, reports the St. Louis Beacon. The Humane Society of th ... More >>

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    August 10, 2010

    Missouri Puppy Mills Protest: Don't Call Us Puppy Mills!

    Last week, Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan approved Proposition B for placement on the November ballot, preparing the way for state voters to approve restrictions on dog breeders -- in essence, banning puppy mills. It's dog lovers v. dog breeders on Proposition B​But don't ready your vo ... More >>

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    May 6, 2010

    Who's Funding Lt. Governor Peter Kinder's Lawsuit Against Health Care Reform?

    Kinder has set up a limited-liability company to fund his lawsuit. ​That's the question the Missouri Democratic Party is asking of the state's top Republican, who last month announced his plans to file a lawsuit to stop federal health care reform. In a statement yesterday, Brian Zuzenak (head of t ... More >>

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    April 8, 2010

    County Republicans Desperate for Black Leader, Turn to Controversial Chris Arps

    move-on-up.orgChris Arps​The St. Louis Area Young Republicans are hosting their April meeting tonight with guest speaker Chris Arps. Arps was also the guest speaker a couple weeks back out in west county when the Wild Horse Township Republicans invited him to speak to their group. So who is Arps a ... More >>

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    June 30, 2009

    Claims of Cynthia Davis' Ass-Clownishness Substantiated Davis may have won last week's highly-coveted Ass Clown of the Week award (though she was only Keith Olbermann's Worse Person in the World for the week, not Worst), but was it deserved?Some of our commenters thought that Keith didn't go far enough. Despite popular opinion, Daily ... More >>

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    February 27, 2009

    Allegations Fly in City Aldermanic Race

    The candidates for alderman in north St. Louis' 21st Ward are getting in some last-minute jabs prior to next Tuesday's primary election. Last week alderwoman Bennice Jones-King sent out an e-mail to local media drawing attention to challenger Antonio French. Jones-King notes that French lives in a h ... More >>

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    April 18, 2008

    Hearing for Missouri Bail Bond Bill Canceled

    This week's cover story on bail bondsmen mentions Senate Bill 1247, in which we wrote: "In February, Sen. Maida Coleman, a St. Louis Democrat, introduced Senate Bill 1247 that would take oversight of the bail industry away from the Department of Insurance and place it in the hands of a "professional ... More >>

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    April 16, 2008
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    October 31, 2007

    Grudge City

    OFallon, Missouri: Home to petty feuds, poisonous politics and prickly postcards.

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    August 11, 2004

    All Aboard!

    We get political with Kerry and Dean, feel the bite of a "Mad Dog" and discover something amazing about Prius ownership. Plus, confidential to Unreal readers: Parking downtown is easy!

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    January 21, 2004

    Bill's Bills

    The St. Louis school board might have to pony up for the defense in Roberti v. Haas

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    January 15, 2003


    Her Honor takes her hits, and her friend Judy takes a pass

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    March 27, 2002

    Bud Bank Shot

    King of Beers plays the angles to put money in Krewson's pocket

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    October 31, 2001

    We Deserve Better

    Letters from the week of October 31, 2001

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    October 24, 2001

    Feeding Frenzy

    Two developers, three cities, the airport and the county are engaged in a dogfight over 438 acres of prime North County land. And there's plenty of sleaze to go around.

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    October 3, 2001

    The Ethics Cop

    Mike Reid knows firsthand what it's like to bend the rules

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    October 3, 2001

    The Ethics Omission

    Enforcers of Missouri's campaign-finance laws would rather hide than seek.

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    September 13, 2000

    Filthy Riches

    The Ashcroft and Carnahan campaigns profit from money laundered through a new and deliberately confusing fundraising scheme

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    July 19, 2000

    Hand-Me-Down District

    After 32 years, Bill Clay is retiring from his congressional seat. He wants to leave it to his son, but a crowded, eccentric field of candidates is contesting the will.

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    November 10, 1999


    A desperate St. Louis pays top dollar to gamble on a risky convention-center hotel