St. Louis Co. Library Accused in Ethics Complaint
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) - The St. Louis County Library is facing a complaint with the Missouri Ethics Commission that it violated campaign laws by spending public money and using its staff to promote a tax increase referendum.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the complaint filed by Tom Sullivan of University City alleges that the library spent $175,000 for radio ads and brochures aimed at generating support from Proposition L on the Nov. 6 ballot.
Sullivan also says the library's website links to a campaign site that promotes the tax increase, a violation of campaign laws.
Library Director Charles Pace says the ads and brochures are strictly informational.