Thank You St. Louis City Voters for defeating Proposition A Body Cam Scam
51.6% to 48.4%
(60% needed to pass a Charter Amendment)
51.6% to 48.4%
(60% needed to pass a Charter Amendment)
As of Saturday, April 1, Billionaire Rex Sinquefield had dumped a total of $512,057.00 in cash and in-kind contributions into the campaigns for Prop A Body Cam Scam (Make St. Louis Safe PAC) and Prop B Election Date Scam (STL Votes PAC). The donations come via his Great St. Louis Inc, which is not the political action committee by the same name.
The money is going to canvassing workers and field organizing via BML Consulting and Fuse Advertising; and mailings and media via Fuse Advertising and Show Me Victories.
BML Consulting is owned by Blake Lawrence, Chief Counsel or recently former Chief Counsel to State Senator Jamilah Nasheed.
Gerald Hawthorne, Deputy Treasurer for Sinquefield’s Make St. Louis PAC and Treasurer of Sinquefield’s Great St. Louis PAC, is or was associated with Fuse Advertising.
Show Me Victories is the Kelley Group, also the contractors for Prop 1 Economic Development Sales Tax and Prop 2 Use Tax for Soccer Stadium.
Prop A seeks to abolish the Office of Recorder of Deeds and immediately make the elected Recorder of Deeds an employee under the mayoral appointed Assessor for the remainder of her term of office. Prop A’s Initiative Petition/Ordinance states…
The Missouri Constitution specifically requires an elected official to serve out the term, as in carry out the duties, and says changes cannot take place until the end of that term.
Oddly enough, that Article VI, Section 32(b) is the section that State Senator Jamilah Nasheed often cites as legal basis to abolish the office.
Furthermore, under Missouri Statute, you cannot provide Recorder of Deeds services without an elected or appointed official named Recorder of Deeds. Every county must have a Recorder of Deeds.
The Prop A Initiative Petition/Ordinance fails to name the Assessor as Recorder. It states..
This is video by the Missouri Association of Recorders explains what Recorders do and types of records maintained. The St. Louis City Recorder has older records than most counties and more services and types of records than any other county in Missouri.
The basic recording and marriage license services are the same in all 115 Missouri counties.
County Recorders duties and services are regulated by over 50 chapters of Revised Statutes of Missouri. Major chapters affecting Recorders include…
Because the St. Louis City Recorder of Deeds is also Vital Records Registrar, the office must also comply with Chapter 193 RSMo and Missouri Code of State Regulations Title 19, Chapter 10.
The St. Louis City Recorder of Deeds is also governed by City Charter and City Code. Affecting customers the most is the Title 15.152 Deeds Law, which require both grantor and grantee notarized signatures on title transfer deeds. St. Louis City is the only county in Missouri with this requirement. The purpose is to prevent problem properties from being deeded into the names of persons without their consent.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial Board was against the Police Body Cam Scam before it was for it.
“Singling out Carpenter, on the dubious pretext that it would permit the city to afford body cameras, is local politics at its worst,” wrote the Editorial Board in City’s longshot ‘body camera initiative’ smells like revenge.
That was during the signature gathering phase of the initiative petition to eliminate the Recorder of Deeds position and transfer Recorder duties to the Assessor (without naming the Assessor as Recorder and complying with the Missouri Constitution and statutes).
That was August 2016. But March 26th, the Editorial Board decided to join Billionaire Rex Sinquefield and State Senator Jamilah Nasheed in their “local politics at its worst” and endorsed Proposition A with the unflattering note, “There is no data supporting this savings estimate, which seems inflated…”
We are required by law to have a Recorder of Deeds. Getting rid of the office doesn’t get rid of the responsibility. Plus, with a looming budget shortfall, there’s absolutely no guarantee that the money saved will be appropriated to public safety.
— Tishaura Jones, St. Louis City Treasurer
Proposition A is a misleading attempt to combine the Recorder of Deeds office with the Assessor’s office under the false pretense of funding a police body camera program. The minimal amount of projected savings of Prop A far exceed the cost of a police body camera program and would not make our city safer. Additionally, Prop A will make it harder for citizens to secure important legal documents that are currently overseen by the Recorder of Deeds office.
Proposition B aims to move the current Primary Municipal Election from March to August and the General Municipal Election from April to November. This would result in local issues being pushed to the bottom of the ballot.
Both Props A & B are backdoor attempts by Rex Sinquefield to push his agenda on our city and are a step towards defunding important city services. Please join us on April 4 at your local polling place to vote NO on Propositions A & B.
— Gregory F.X. Daly, St. Louis City Collector of Revenue
The Labor Tribune called the ballot issue “Fiscal Insanity” and noted opposition from various labor organizations.
The St. Louis American labeled the proposal “a contrivance” and noted, “St. Louis will still need employees to handle the land deeds, marriage licenses, birth certificates and all the other recorder’s functions that aren’t going away. With all the costs inherent in the recorder’s office, there’s no way the savings could make even a dent in the total cost for body cameras.”
The list of Proposition A Supporters:
Billionaire Rex Sinquefield
State Senator Jamilah Nasheed
Outgoing Mayor Francis Slay
Former Recorder of Deeds, Former 15th Ward Alderwoman Jennifer Florida
Rex Sinquefield’s Great St. Louis pac last filed a report in January and had a very small amount on hand.
The money so far going to Make Saint Louis Safe, Sinquefield’s Proposition A campaign committee, and STL Votes, Sinquefield’s Proposition B campaign committee, is actually coming from Great St. Louis, Inc., not Great St. Louis pac.
Treasurer Marc Ellinger has served a legal counsel and spokesperson for Sinquefield ballot issues, including Sinquefield’s quest to get rid of the City’s earnings taxes.
Thursday, Great St. Louis, Inc., donated another $60,000 to Make Saint Louis Safe (total to date $110,000) and another $60,000 to STL Votes (total to date $110,000).
The 13th Ward Regular Democratic Club opposes Prop A because we do not feel that any costs savings that are reached will be anywhere close to the amount necessary to pay for police body cameras and, in addition, the Prop aims to eliminate voters’ ability to elect a city official.
– Lisa Bertke, 13th Ward Democoratic Committeewoman
– Michael Dauphin, 13th Ward Democratic Committeeman