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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – They were there to learn about crime prevention in their district, but the talk soon turned to politics and campaign cash.

Missouri State Senators Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City) and Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis) were captured on a police dashboard camera in February,  discussing campaign money Nasheed had received from St. Louis billionaire investor and political activist Rex Sinquefield.

During the laid-back ride-along, with the song Brandy by Looking Glass playing on the radio, Chappelle-Nadal asked, “How much do you have in your (campaign account) after Mr. Rex Sinquefield’s 25-whatever?”

“I had 80, then I paid Patrick and Slay ten-grand – I gave Slay ten, so I’m at like 65,” Nasheed responded. She went on to say she expects to fundraise around $150-thousand over  the next couple of years.

The video appears to show no criminal wrongdoing, but it does show a rare glimpse into campaign cash shop talk between two politicians who were on a police ride-along to learn about crime prevention efforts. .

  • See video below


This is the same ride-along where two St. Louis Police officers were accused of pocketing a small bag of marijuana during a traffic stop, then never reporting it.

Rex Sinquefield has pusehd for the elimination of the earnings tax and personal property tax in Missouri.

KMOX obtained the video above through a Sunshine Act request to the St. Louis Police Department.

Editor’s note: Sen. Chappelle-Nadal called KMOX News after the story was published to clarify that she has not received donations from Mr. Sinquefield.

“I have never taken money from Rex Sinquefield,” Chapelle-Nadal said.

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