Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Is Dooley Pressuring Employees to Donate

From KSDK, St. Louis

Charges of fundraising ethics violations are surfacing in the race for St. Louis County Executive. Republican challenger Bill Corrigan is accusing Democrat incumbent Charlie Dooley of forcing his department heads and political appointees to contribute one percent of their salaries to his re-election campaign.

In checking the contribution list, it appears nearly two dozen appointees made one percent donations.

One administrative assistant, who earns $54,700 a year, contributed $548 to the Dooley campaign. That works out to roughly one percent of her salary. One administrative assistant who makes $42,000 a year donated $420 to the Dooley campaign. Another who makes more than $57,000 donated $575 to the re-election effort.

"When you look at the fact that 24 people who are unique individuals gave one percent of their salary at the same time, it's inconceivable to me that could just happen voluntarily," Corrigan said.

Dooley spokesperson Katy Jamboretz denied the charges.

"They're coming from Mr. Corrigan's camp. I think he looked at the donation and he jumped to a conclusion that was incorrect," Jamboretz said. "I think the message to him is find a real message to run on."


  1. Anonymous2:23 PM

    This is too much of a coincidence that 24 employees made a donation to Dooley's campaign that equaled 1% of their salary. Residents of St. Louis County are not stupid. Just put two and two together. There's many ways to suggest to people to do something. Maybe Dooley didn't do it, but somebody in his behalf did.

  2. Anonymous10:41 AM

    Dooley pressures everyone to donate to his campaigns. Not only his employees, he also comes on heavy to Vendors, special interestes, freinds, family, attorneys, Labor Unions (big time), anyone connected with county government, Charlie Dooley is a money raising fanatic.
    Can you say, Pay to Play?