Missouri Ethics Commission dismiss complaints against STL County Executive challenger

The Missouri Ethics Commission dismissed an ethics complaint against St. Louis County executive hopeful Mark Mantovani regarding a contribution but still fined the candidate for not filing campaign finance reports in a timely manner.

According to a letter sent on Dec. 21 from James Klahr, executive director of the Missouri Ethics Commission, there was a complaint filed against Mantovani and Mantovani for STL group alleging that they failed to timely file a 48 Hour Report disclosing a contribution in excess of $5,000.

The Missouri Ethics Commission staff reviewed the complaint and determined that Mantovani made a contribution of over $5,000 to Mantovani for STL on Sep. 30, 2017.

According to Missouri law, a group receiving a contribution of over $5,000 from any single contributor must report the contribution within 48 hours to the Missouri Ethics Commission.

Mantovani for STL reported the September contribution on Oct. 10 which was eight days after required to be reported. The Missouri Ethics Commission assessed the group an $80 late fee, which according to the commission, paid promptly and before the complaint had been filed.

As a result of the complaint, the Missouri Ethics Commission dismissed the complaint and reminded Mantovani and his group to timely file all required campaign finance reports.

Mantovani is a candidate in the August 2018 Democratic primary for St. Louis County executive position. Other Democrat candidates include current County Executive Steve Stenger, and Bill Ray, a real estate agent from University City.

The general election will take place November 2018.

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