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Resource ID: #18641
Subject: Ethics
Source: Riverfront Times (St. Louis)
Date: 2022-10-03



A Riverfront Times investigation chronicles how the Missouri Ethics Commission built "a history of mismanagement and ineptitude dating back to its formation in the early 1990s." The story reveals how a PAC - called Rely on Your Beliefs - contributed significant amounts of money to local Republican candidates Roy Blunt and Matt Blunt, but did not file reports with the ethics commission for more than a year. The ethics watchdog tolerated the late filing, and accepted the PAC's fake excuses, the Times reports. The article examines the background of Mike Reid, the "commission's top ethics cop, a former lawyer twice disbarred for a litany of ethical violations." Reid lied to one of his clients that her divorce procedure was completed, while in fact it was not, and failed to defend another client's interests in a traffic accident lawsuit. The ethics cop blamed his previous missteps to psychological problems at this time.

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