St. Louis County Library accused in ethics complaint

Friday, October 26, 2012 | 8:08 a.m. CDT; updated 12:04 p.m. CDT, Friday, October 26, 2012

CLAYTON — 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 reported 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 for Proposition L on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Sullivan also said 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.

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