Mavis Thompson Responds to Ethics Complaint

Kevin Killeen (@KMOXKilleen)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Did she use taxpayer-funded pamphlets to push her campaign?

That’s the complaint filed against St. Louis License Collector Mavis Thompson with the Missouri Ethics Commission.

Her opponent in the August primary, Alderman Jeffrey Boyd, says Thompson’s staffers mingled in-house pamphlets with an envelope seeking campaign donations at a ward endorsement meeting.

“I was not there, I can’t tell you what happened,” she says. “What I’m saying is, if I go out myself, I have my campaign literature in one hand, and I have the license collector’s informative pamphlets in another hand.

Thompson says she was not at the meeting and isn’t sure what her staffers passed out, but she makes no apologies for the power of the incumbent.

“Yes, I already have an unfair advantage,” she says. “I am the license collector. I was appointed by the governor in October. I’ve been in the position. My name is on the door. I sign the licenses.”

The Ethics Commission is investigating.

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