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Missouri Ethics Commission Decision Puts 2012 Mayoral Election In Rear-View Mirror

The state agency dismissed complaints filed against campaigns of Barry Glantz and Laura Bryant.

Five months after the vote to elect Creve Coeur's next Mayor, action this week may have finally tied a bow around the campaign..

The Missouri Ethics Commission voted to dismiss a complaint filed by Barry Glantz against his opponent, Laura Bryant, over a missed February deadline for a campaign finance report.

The Bryant campaign later filed the report. In April, Glantz defeated Bryant at the polls.

In a statement to Patch late Thursday, Bryant said:

The Missouri Ethics Commission's decision confirms precisely what my campaign treasurer and I said all along -- that our late filing on the "40-day-before report" was a simple oversight and an honest mistake. The fact that this particular deadline is the only one missing from the official campaign finance form is still a problem, and one that the MEC should address so that no other Missouri candidate makes the same mistake.

Missouri Ethics Commission Director Julie Allen was out of the office Friday and a deputy did not return a call seeking comment on MEC procedures. It is against state law for MEC officals to discuss specifics of individual cases.

In a letter filed on the agency's website, the Commission reminded Bryant to "follow all campaign finance reporting requirements and deadlines."

Bryant's statement also said Glantz and his supporters, "chose to grossly exaggerate this honest mistake for political gain. Unfortunately, they succeeded in distracting voters and the local media from important public-policy issues and the stark difference in our respective track records."

Reached Friday afternoon, Mayor Glantz declined to react to the accusation. He said he respects and abides by the decision, as he said he did when the MEC dismissed a complaint against him over campaign finance disclosures.

"Hopefully all this is behind us," he said, adding "Creve Coeur's a great place. We have to keep our eye on the ball."

 

Complete Statement by Laura Bryant:

The Missouri Ethics Commission's decision confirms precisely what my campaign treasurer and I said all along -- that our late filing on the "40-day-before report" was a simple oversight and an honest mistake. The fact that this particular deadline is the only one missing from the official campaign finance form is still a problem, and one that the MEC should address so that no other Missouri candidate makes the same mistake.

It is worth noting that Barry Glantz -- who personally filed the complaint against me -- and campaign supporters like Donna Dill, Jeff Mitchell and Ted Ruzicka chose to grossly exaggerate this honest mistake for political gain. Unfortunately, they succeeded in distracting voters and the local media from important public-policy issues and the stark difference in our respective track records.

Unlike Mr. Glantz, I have never filed an ethics complaint against anyone. But if I did, I would make sure that it was about something more significant than a missed deadline due to an incomplete form. The City of Creve Coeur deserves much better, particularly from someone campaigning to be mayor. 

Scott Simon September 17, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Of course Mayor Glantz isn't going to say anything about the MEC. After all, he had business with them too! Let sleeping dogs lie...

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