Who Are SLPOA’s Elected Allies?

It started with a question on Twitter. One with an answer, I thought, that I had already started researching.


I’ve gone back and reviewed campaign finance reports filed by St. Louis Police Officers Association with Missouri Ethics Commission. I looked at contributions, including in-kind, made after the shooting of Michael Brown, August 9, 2014, in Ferguson. I chose that date because it seemed to me like no candidate or elected official in their right mind should have accepted* a check from SLPOA after that date.

Here is what I found.

SLPOA Donations to Aldermen
Includes current aldermen and current aldermen who ran for another office during the period but did not win.

7th Ward Jack Coatar (Total $3500) – $500 1/5/2017; $1000 1/27/2016; $2000 1/22/2015
6th Ward Christine Ingrassia (Total $1200) – $200 6/22/2015; $1000 1/5/2015
23rd Ward Joe Vacarro (Total $1200) – $700 7/18/2016; $500 6/22/2015;
22nd Ward Jeffrey Boyd (Total $1000) – $500 8/11/2016; $500 2/2/2015
26th Ward Frank Williamson (Total $1000) – $500 2/2/2015; $500 10/16/2014
8th Ward Steve Conway (Total $500) – $500 1/27/2015
5th Ward Tammika Hubbard (Total $500) – $500 2/23/2017
16th Ward Tom Oldenburg (Total $500) – $500 3/20/2017
12th Ward Larry Arnowitz (Total $500) – $500 2/2/2015
27th Ward Pam Boyd (Total $350) – $100 4/27/2017; $250 3/13/2017
25th Ward Shane Cohn (Total $250) – $250 12/13/2016
13th Ward Beth Murphy (Total $150) – $150 3/23/2017

Aldermen- Adding January 2013** to August 10, 2014…
22nd Ward Jeffrey Boyd (New Total $1800) – $300 7/31/2014; $300 4/21/2014; $200 1/13/2014
6th Ward Christine Ingrassia (New Total $1600) – $400 4/10/2014
23rd Ward Joe Vaccaro (New Total $1400) – $200 10/2/2013
12th Ward Larry Arnowitz (New Total $1000) – $500 3/23/2014
13th Ward Beth Murphy (New Total $350) – $200 4/21/2014
14th Ward Carol Howard (Total $200) – $200 6/11/2014

SLPOA spent thousands of dollars on the failed aldermanic campaigns of Ken Ortmann (9th Ward), including donations to his ward organization, and Jennifer Florida (15th Ward).

SLPOA Donations to Board of Estimate & Apportionment
The real decision-makers on money and policy matters for City of St. Louis.

Mayor Lyda Krewson, previously 28th Ward Alderwoman, has received $6,529.99 in checks and in-kind from SLPOA since August 2014.

Comptroller Darlene Green received a $1000 donation from SLPOA in January 2016.

Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed received $500 from SLPOA in February 2015.

SLPOA Donations to Missouri House (St. Louis City Delegation)
Includes current state representatives and current state representatives who previously were aldermen during the period.

81st District Fred Wessels (Total $675) – $175 8/1/2016; $100 6/16/2016; 400 4/27/2016
79th District Michael Butler (Total $600) – $200 8/18/2016; $100 8/26/2015; $200 10/21/2014; $100 8/25/2014
82nd District Donna Barringer (Total $600) – $200 2/15/2016; $200 10/15/2015; $200 2/18/2015
77th District Steven Roberts (Total $500) – $250 4/20/2017; $250 2/9/2016
80th District Peter Meredith (Total $400) – $100 5/15/2017; $300 5/24/2016
76th Dsitrict Josh Peters (Total $300) – $100 3/24/2016; $200 10/14/2015

Missouri House- Adding January 2013** to August 10, 2014…
82nd District Donna Barringer (New Total $1100 ) – $500 8/4/2014
79th District Michael Butler (New Total $700) – $100 8/23/2013
76th District Josh Peters (New Total $400) – $100 1/22/2014

Miscellaneous SLPOA Donations

Stephen Webber, now Chair of Missouri Democratic Party, received a total of $1250 in 2015-2016 as a State Representative and unsuccessful Missouri Senate candidate.

State Auditor Nicole Galloway received a $250 in June 2017 and $200 in October 2015 from SLPOA.

I know a number of elected officials who received donations from SLPOA have recently supported protesters and hit the streets with them during actions. But I am unclear as to which elected officials were protesting, which were there for a photo op, and which were just loitering to see what was going on or just passing through the crowd.

To be clear, I am not saying elected officials are bought and paid for by SLPOA. My position is that these are elected officials that SLPOA believes were or are allies. They have a confidence about them that a majority of elected officials stand with them and will stand with them no matter what. We don’t know right now who SLPOA’s allies are, but we will. Voters who want Black Lives to actually Matter will work to hold them accountable.

*SLPOA made a donation to Alderwoman Sarah Martin. She was under the impression that the donation was returned but it was not. After brought to her attention, my understanding is that the refund is being made, so I have not included it as a donation. If there is anyone else who refunded or rejected an SLPOA donation, let me know and I will edit the post to acknowledge.

** January 2013 was chosen as that 2013 was the previous election year for aldermen. Some aldermen only raise funds during their election year.

Previous post regarding SLPOA and donations.

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman


SLPOA Does Not Support Public Safety Sales Tax Hike

Because someone forgot, it’s all about them.

“We are not signing off on an agreement that doesn’t include significant raises and full funding of Sergeants overtime. If the Mayor’s office thinks that we are going to support a sales tax on the ballot without an enforceable agreement on competitive wages, she’s simply lost touch with reality. We’re not going to spend our political capital to pass another sales tax where—at best—only about 1/3 of the money will be for police raises….without any guarantee. We will not mislead voters that this is pro-police measure. To accept the terms currently offered by the Mayor would be a slap in the face to every member and would be nothing more than a lie to the voters we are sworn to protect and serve. We will stand firm. Remember, every member will have the opportunity to vote on any deal we reach with the City before any contract becomes final.” 

“We are also planning rallies and an aggressive media campaign to drive our message home. Stay tuned for more on that.”

“This fight is far from over and we need everyone’s participation. This is no time to be complacent.”

“We need to show the Mayor and other elected officials that they woke a sleeping giant.”

-St. Louis Police Officers Association Executive Board


20 Democratic Candidates Have Accepted Money From St. Louis Police Officers Association PAC In 2016, So Far

SLPOAUPDATED with 8-Days Before Primary contributions.

According to April, July, and 8-Days Before Primary campaign finance reports filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission, St. Louis Police Officers Association PAC has made 30 campaign donations to date in 2016:

3 checks to other PACs
1 check to a St. Louis City Democratic Ward Organization 

28 checks to 24 candidates
20 Democrats and 4 Republicans
10 Candidates from St. Louis City, 5 from St. Louis County
2 Statewide Candidates
17 candidates for Missouri Legislature

Receiving $1,000 or more from SLPOA in 2016, so far, are St. Louis City Circuit Attorney candidate Mary Pat Carl, Governor candidate Chris Koster, St. Louis City 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar, and St. Louis City Comptroller Darlene Green.

$2,000: Citizens for Mary Pat Carl (St. Louis City, Democrat, candidate for Circuit Attorney) – 6/29/2016

$1,250: Koster for Missouri (current Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, Democrat, candidate for Governor) – $1,000 3/7/2016, $250 6/1/2016

$1,000: Coatar for St. Louis (current 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar, Democrat, St. Louis City) – 1/27/2016
$1,000: Missouri Fraternal Order of Police PAC – 1/28/2016
$1,000: Darlene Green for Comptroller (current Comptroller, Democrat, St.Louis City)

$800: Anne Zerr for Missouri (current 18th District State Representative, Republican, St. Charles County, candidate for 23rd District State Senator) – $500 3/7/2016, $300 6/27/3016

$750: Committee to Elect Jon Carpenter (current 15th District State Representative, Democrat, Clay County) – 6/1/2016

$700: Vaccaro for Sheriff Inc (current 23rd Ward Alderman Joe Vaccaro, Democrat, St. Louis City, candidate for Sheriff) – 7/18/2016

$500: Friends of Fred Wessels (former 13th Ward Alderman, Democrat, St.Louis City, current candidate for 81st District State Representative) – $400 4/27/2016, $100 6/16/2016
$500: Silvey for Missouri (current 17th District State Senator Ryan Silvey, Republican, Clay County) – 5/26/2016
$500: Committee to Elect David Gregory (St. Louis County, Republican, candidate for 96th District State Representative) – 6/29/2016

$300: Jerome Burke Election Committee (St. Louis County, Democrat, candidate for 69th District State Representative) – 3/24/2016
$300: Peter Meredith for Mo Progress (Democrat, St. Louis City, candidate for 80th District State Representative) – 5/24/2016

$250: Hensley for Missouri (Teresa Hensley, Democrat, candidate for Missouri Attorney General) – 1/28/2016
$250: Roberts for St. Louis (Steven Roberts II, Democrat, St. Louis City, candidate for 77th District State Representative) – 2/9/2016
$250: Lavender for State Rep (current 90th District State Rep Deb Lavender, Democrat, St. Louis County) – 4/11/2016
$250: Berg for Change (Karen Berg, Democrat, Jefferson County, candidate for 113th District State Representative) – 6/9/2016
$250: Friends for Travis Barnes (Democrat, St. Francois County, candidate for 117th State Representative) – 6/29/2016

$200: St. Louis Labor Council AFL-CIO Project 2000 – 2/15/2016
$200: Citizens for Donna Baringer (current 16th Ward Alderwoman, Democrat, St. Louis City, unopposed candidate for 82nd District State Representative) – 2/15/2016
$200: Robert Stelzer Campaign Fund (Democrat, St. Louis City, withdrew as candidate for 80th District State Representative, candidate for 10th Ward Committeeman – 2/15/2016
$200: Voters for Susan McClintic (Democrat, Boone County, candidate for 47th District State Representative) – 5/25/2016
$200: Citizens for Vicky Lorenz Englund (current 94th District State Representative and Lindbergh School Board Member, Democrat, St. Louis County) – 6/13/2016
$200: Citizens for Shane Roden (current 111th District State Representative, Jefferson County, Republican) – 6/30/2016

$100: Joshua Peters for the 76th District (current 76th District State Representative, Democrat, St. Louis City, unopposed for re-election) – 3/24/2016
$100: Citizens for Patricia Yaeger 6th District County Council (former 96th District State Representative, Democrat, St. Louis County, candidate for St. Louis County Council) – 4/26/2016
$100: 9th Ward Democratic Organization (St. Louis City, associated with 9th Ward Committeewoman Pat Ortmann and 9th Ward Alderman Ken Ortmann) – 7/20/2016