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Ethics Commission dismisses complaint against Temporiti

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 16, 2010 - The Missouri Ethics Commission has dismissed as unsubstantiated a complaint filed by the state Republican Party against John Temporiti, the manager of St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley's re-election campaign.

In January, the state GOP asked the ethics commission to investigate what it said was Temporiti's violation of lobbyist regulations. Basing its complaint on a story in the Post-Dispatch in November, it said Temporiti lobbied for two companies pursuing projects in St. Louis County even though he had let his lobbyist registration lapse.

The commission made no comment on the complaint but in its actions taken last Thursday, it listed it as one of those that had been dismissed as unsubstantiated.

In a statement Tuesday, Lloyd Smith, executive director of the Missouri Republican Party, said:

"We think John Temporiti's admission in the Post-Dispatch is proof enough to the general public that he was acting as an off-the-books lobbyist. The Missouri Ethics Commission ruling does nothing to lessen the cloud of suspicion that hangs over Temporiti or County Executive Charlie Dooley's administration."

In a statement of his own, Temporiti criticized the campaign being run by Bill Corrigan, the Republican running against Dooley, and said:

"So far, they have managed to get themselves corrected by the FBI and rejected by the state Ethics Commission. They have not yet accused my dog of anything and they have not been contradicted by the Vatican -- so, I expect their Big Lie Campaign to continue."

Dale Singer began his career in professional journalism in 1969 by talking his way into a summer vacation replacement job at the now-defunct United Press International bureau in St. Louis; he later joined UPI full-time in 1972. Eight years later, he moved to the Post-Dispatch, where for the next 28-plus years he was a business reporter and editor, a Metro reporter specializing in education, assistant editor of the Editorial Page for 10 years and finally news editor of the newspaper's website. In September of 2008, he joined the staff of the Beacon, where he reported primarily on education. In addition to practicing journalism, Dale has been an adjunct professor at University College at Washington U. He and his wife live in west St. Louis County with their spoiled Bichon, Teddy. They have two adult daughters, who have followed them into the word business as a communications manager and a website editor, and three grandchildren. Dale reported for St. Louis Public Radio from 2013 to 2016.

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