Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

3 Felons among Fund-Raisers for Comptroller Green Says She Was Unaware of Hosts' Backgrounds

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

3 Felons among Fund-Raisers for Comptroller Green Says She Was Unaware of Hosts' Backgrounds

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Three felons were among the hosts of a fund-raiser held in Kansas City in April for St. Louis Comptroller Darlene Green.

The fund-raiser netted at least $6,000 for Green's campaign. She is running as a Democrat in the Aug. 6 primary against Alderman James Shrewsbury, D-16th Ward.

The three hosts with felony convictions:

Troy P. Campbell of Kansas City, who was convicted in 1987 of six federal counts of fraud, including defrauding lending and credit institutions. Campbell went to prison for three years for defrauding the government of $135,000 to build middle-class homes in Kansas City. The work was never done.

Campbell is president of North American Communications Group, which in 1993 won a four-year, $1 million contract as a partner with AT&T to provide long-distance pay-phone service at Lambert Field.

Charles A. Hazley, a former Kansas City councilman convicted in 1988 in federal court for income tax evasion and failure to file an income tax return.

William J. Black, president of American Business Communications Inc. in Kansas City. Black served 16 months in prison for stealing six televisions from an appliance store in 1968.

None of the three showed up on Green's campaign finance disclosure filed last week with the Board of Election Commissioners. They were included in a list of the 30-member host committee that threw the fund-raiser. They asked for contributions ranging from $100 to $1,000. The fund-raiser was April 9 at the Westin Crown Center in Kansas City.

Yet, Campbell's company, North American Communication, made a $933 in-kind donation to Green's campaign on June 21.

Green also got $1,000 on April 10 from Kansas City lawyer Byron Fox and his firm. Fox, who represents gaming interests in Missouri, has represented organized crime figures.

Green said she was unaware that the three men were part of the host committee.

"I'm shocked," Green said. "I knew the host, but I didn't know all the members of the committee personally. I will look into it. …

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