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Sen. Danforth Asked to Help with History Museum’s Troubles

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Former U.S. Senator John Danforth
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - He’s been a U.S. Senator, Special Envoy to Sudan, Ambassador to the United Nations and a Special Counsel to the U.S. Attorney General  and now John Danforth is being asked to help in a local matter.

Its the financial dealings at the Missouri History Museum where the salary of Pres. Bob Archibald and a recent land deal have come under heavy criticism. Danforth’s job is to help negotiate a new contract between the History Museum and the Museum’s sub-district.

“I’m not being asked to be a fact finder, investigator or somebody who looks into the past but rather somebody who helps work out an agreement” Danforth told KMOX News.

The request for Danforth’s involvement comes in a letter from Mayor Francis Slay, County Executive Charlie Dooley, Ben Uchitelle , Chair of the Board of Commissioners at the Zoo Museum District, Romondous Stover the Chair of the Board of Commissioners at the Missouri History Museum Subdistrict and V. Raymond Stranghoener the Chair of the Board of Trustees at the Missouri History Museum.

The letter points out that 60% of the Museum’s funding comes from taxpayers and private donors.  Those who made the request to Danforth want him to make sure there is more transparency in how the money is spent.

“I’ve got to see whats there now , see where the parties are and what if anything can be worked out thats good corporate governing practices.” said Danforth

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