Florissant Rep. Resigns After Campaign Cash Scandal
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Missouri State Rep. Steve Webb, D-Florissant, has formally resigned his House seat.
In early November, Webb, 38, was charged with seven campaign finance law violations and one count of felony stealing. Rumors of his pending resignation have circulated for nearly a month.
“Today is a tough day for me personally,” Webb said in a statement. “But, this job is never about oneself. It has been an honor to serve the people of Missouri’s 67th District. I’ve enjoyed this opportunity because it’s given me a platform to voice for common, everyday people. My commitment to serving others goes far beyond political office.”
Prosecutors allege Webb solicited $3,000 to host a reception in Washington D.C. for the Missouri Black Legislative Caucus but instead funneled the donation from Community Loans of America into his own bank account.
The other campaign finance violations accuse Webb of failing to report donations and spending donations for personal use.
The Florissant Democrat is accused of failing to properly report contributions totaling $25,000; of failing to report expenditures of $36,000; of making cash expenditures totaling $40,000; of co-mingling $5,100 in campaign funds with other accounts; and of converting $6,600 in campaign funds to his personal use.
There was much confusion about Webb’s pending resignation in the days after the charges against him were made public on Nov. 6. Minority Leader Jacob Hummel, D-St. Louis, issued a statement on Nov. 7 claiming that Webb intended to resign but Webb then responded with a statement of his own, calling Hummel’s statement untrue.
“Representative Steve Webb told me Wednesday morning that he intended to resign his House seat by day’s end,” Hummel said in a second statement on Nov. 7. “Several hours later, he evidently had a change of heart and now has told reporters that he doesn’t plan to step down at this time.”
Webb served three terms in the Missouri House. He said Monday that his resignation is not an admission of guilt and he maintains his innocence.
“I strongly believe the allegations against me will work themselves out. It’s only right and fair that my family, the people and my colleagues not be negatively be impacted [sic] by the distractions these legal challenges present.”
Webb is married to his wife Shalonda and has three children. He is also the owner of a small business, SW Portrait Group, which he is accused of funneling campaign donations to.
Governor Nixon will now set a date for a special election to fill Webb’s seat. The 67th District in north St. Louis County is strongly Democratic.