Wednesday, August 23, 2017
TKC TIPSTER QUESTION ON THE BOOKS: IS COUNCIL LADY JOLIE JUSTUS TOO SLOPPY TO BE THE NEXT MAYOR OF KANSAS CITY?!?
As Council Member Jolie Justus launches her bid for mayor, here's a take on her sloppy financial reporting . . . Part II of a series on her political hopes and dreams . . .
TKC TIPSTER: Oops! No Room For Justus On KCMO Council
KCMO Councilmember Jolie Justus is very bad with money and financial reporting. In fact, I can't recall ever seeing so many amended campaign finance reports from a single candidate. Seemingly none of her campaign finance reporting can be trusted to accurately reflect reality.
In reviewing her campaign reporting for the KCMO Council (and now KCMO Mayor) we find questionable campaign contributions, questionable campaign expenditures, issues relating to possible violations/conflicts of interest between her role as a Councilmember and as a campaign candidate.
Here's a sample of Jolie Justus amending her campaign finance reports after the initial filing:
"Two monetary contributions were incorrectly reported and one monetary contribution was not previously reported. Additionally, two expenditures under $100 were reported incorrectly and a spelling correction was needed for a miscellaneous receipt."
Then, almost 3 years after the original filing, Jolie Justus revised history and changed the report yet again!
THE TIPSTER ALSO OFFERS DOCUMENTATION OF DOZENS OF CONTRIBUTIONS DOCUMENTED AND THEN DELETED . . .
"Adjustments to prior report totals, contributions, expenditures, miscellaneous receipts and disbursements to correct and reconcile all activity to bank statements."
ON THE TOPIC JOLIE'S AIDE AND MORE SLOPPY BOOKKEEPING . . .
########## is paid by the City of KCMO to serve as Councilmember Justus' aide.
According to the KCMO City Council Handbook:
"The salaries, benefits and payroll taxes for City Council aides are budgeted separately from each individual office budget."
"The annual city wide budget will set out guidelines for raises for all exempt employees, which include City Council aides. Changes to a City Council aide’s salary shall be processed through the Mayor Pro Tem’s office."
"No outside funds may be accepted by a City council office to supplement its budget."
"Employees of the City Council are members of the unclassified service, unless otherwise designated as a classified employee by the hiring authority."
"City Council staff must adhere to City policies and procedures."
"City staff shall not undertake personal errands for the members of the City Council, or any other staff member. City staff shall not perform political tasks during work hours unless on vacation or other appropriate leave. Political tasks will never be performed using City property."
(TKC NOTE: THIS TIPSTER REVEALS COUNCIL LADY JOLIE JUSTUS AIDE AND A CAMPAIGN WORKER OF THE SAME NAME ALSO EARNING CAMPAIGN PAYMENTS . . . THIS IS ALLOWED AND COMMON PRACTICE BUT THE SEPARATION OF DUTIES MUST BE CLEAR CUT.)
TIPSTER Conclusion . . .
It seems preposterous that she would currently be serving as a member of the KCI terminal proposal selection committee. If a Councilmember can't be trusted on something as basic as the filing of accurate campaign finance reports, why in the world are they playing a significant role in awarding KCMO's largest ever municipal construction project? We ask the entire KCMO City Council to immediately intervene in this process before an irrevocable mistake has been set in stone. Jolie Justus must recuse herself from all Council deliberations/votes until an ethics investigation has concluded.
You decide . . .