Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Joe's St. Louis: Rep. Bruce Franks Faces Heat; St. Louis Family Will Play 'Feud'

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Joe's St. Louis: Rep. Bruce Franks Faces Heat; St. Louis Family Will Play 'Feud'

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PLAYING CATCH-UP - State Rep. Bruce Franks is being called out for not reporting money he got from numerous political action committees.

A complaint filed Tuesday with the Missouri Ethics Commission claims that Franks, a St. Louis Democrat, took in about $16,000 that he did not list on his campaign finance reports.

Later Tuesday and Wednesday, Franks' campaign filed amended reports noting that the contributions had been missing from the original filings. Franks was unavailable for comment.

The complaint was filed by Barbara Whitaker of St. Louis, who also could not be reached for comment.

The donations, 27 in all, were made between September 2016 and June 2018 and tallied up to $16,025, according to the complaint.

The largest contribution was from the Shamrock PAC, made on June 4, for $2,600. This committee has donated to other Democratic candidates in Missouri.

The Slay Committee donated $2,500 to Franks in September 2016. That committee originally received contributions for the campaigns of former St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, who did not seek re-election last year.

Franks' reports were filed by his wife, Dana Kelly Franks, who was treasurer of his committee until July.

Franks became well-known in 2014 as an activist during the protests over a police officer's fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson.

In 2016, Franks was involved in a hotly contested race for the seat he now holds. Originally losing the August Democratic primary to Penny Hubbard, Franks successfully argued in court that there were irregularities with absentee ballots. The court ordered a new election, which Franks won.

In September 2017, Franks helped lead protests after former St. Louis police Officer Jason Stockley was found not guilty of murder in the death of drug suspect Anthony Lamar Smith.

Franks is unopposed in the November general election.

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