No ‘paid for by’ disclosures result in fines for two former municipal candidates

   

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Ethics Commission (MEC) has assessed fees to two Missourians for failure to include a “paid for by” disclosure.

A $1,000 fee — reduced to $500 if a check is cut within 45 days — was appraised in both cases the commission issued orders on last week.

According to the complaint, Dustin McKissen — an unsuccessful candidate for City Council Ward 7 in the St. Charles municipal election in April — purchased and distributed 50 signs in support of his candidacy. None of the signs contained a “paid for by” disclosure statement.

Tonya Finley-McCaw — an unsuccessful candidate for the 22nd Ward alderman in St. Louis in the March 5 primary election — distributed cards and flyers in support of her candidacy, none of which contained a “paid for by” disclosure, according to the complaint.

The MEC found in both cases there was probable cause to believe McKissen and Finley-McCay violated state statute and “did so knowingly.”

Last week, the MEC also dismissed two complaints.

The complaint against Joe All, former city administrator for Lexington, alleging he used city resources to advocate for a ballot measure was dismissed. The commission also dismissed a complaint against Gary Summers, Mark Baker, Debbie Hahn, and Concerned Citizens for Camerons Progress.