Friday, Harry Kennedy sent an email to members of the St. Louis Democratic City Central Committee on behalf of Recorder Sharon Carpenter.
“Many have wondered why I have not responded to the accusations made against me by my opponent.”
“I am not responding because so much of what has been placed before you is either untrue or made to look as though something was completely wrong. All I can say is, the money from the Recorders account has been expended in accordance with the law and with legal opinions. The account is audited with regularity.”
First, if anything I have written about the Recorder’s office is untrue, Sharon Carpenter should correct the record.
Does Sharon Carpenter deny that she continued to smoke in her City Hall office after the City banned smoking inside public buildings? No.
Does Sharon Carpenter deny being absent from her City Hall office most workday hours (8 am to 5 pm) since her last re-election? No.
Second, the last State audit on the Recorder’s Technology Fund was 2010. Then the State Auditor requested Sharon Carpenter comply with state law and move the account to the City Treasurer’s office. Sharon Carpenter has not done that.
As for Sharon Carpenter’s arguments that the expenditures are legal, I have not argued to date that these expenditures were illegal. I have argued they are, in some cases, a misuse of public funds or inappropriate use of funds designated by state law for technology and preservation.
Misuse of Public Funds in general: $493.53 total spent from Technology and Preservation Fund on food and other items categorized by Sharon’s Office as “office supplies” for a City Hall Open House (Nov. 2, 2013).
Inappropriate use of Technology Fund: $2,378.04 spent from Technology and Preservation Fund on rugs for Sharon Carpenter’s and Chief Deputy Recorder’s offices.
Edward McFowland 314-600-1261
Democratic Candidate for Recorder of Deeds