Firefighters give $32,800 to Polizzi’s campaign

Diehl, Ocello, Rose file reports in school-board election

By BURKE WASSON

Of $35,410 collected by Citizens for a Safer South County to support Peter “P.J.” Polizzi’s candidacy for a seat on the Mehlville Fire Protection Board of Directors, $32,800 has come from Mehlville firefighters and their political-action committee.

Polizzi squared off against incumbent Treasurer Bonnie Stegman in Tuesday’s election — after the Call went to press — for a six-year term. Stegman first was elected in 2005.

As of April 2, Citizens for a Safer South County had reported combined collections of $35,410 to the St. Louis County Board of Election Commissioners.

The group’s March 30 report also showed $18,866.77 in expenditures and a $100 contribution to the Tesson Ferry Democratic Organization.

The group had received $28,300 from Mehlville firefighters and $4,500 from the Mehlville Firefighters Local 1889 Fire Fighters Action Committee to Elect, or FACE, according to the March 30 report and an April 1 addendum.

Conversely, South County Citizens for Public Reform reported to the Missouri Ethics Commission that it had raised $1,650.47 and spent $7,641.36 as of March 30 in support of Stegman’s candidacy for re-election.

MFPD Board of Directors Chairman Aaron Hilmer serves as treasurer of South County Citizens for Public Reform.

Besides the $32,800 from Mehlville firefighters and FACE, Citizens for a Safer South County reported receiving contributions of $500 from former MFPD Board of Directors Chairman Tom O’Driscoll, $300 from the Maryland Heights Fire Fighters Shop Fund, $300 from the Professional Fire Fighters of Eastern Missouri Local 2665’s political-action committee, $200 from International Association of Fire Fighters District 2 Vice President Mark Woolbright and $200 from Mehlville IAFF Local 1889 attorney John Goffstein.

The committee also reported collecting a total of $1,135 from people each giving $100 or less.

Of Citizens for a Safer South County’s reported March 30 expenditures totaling $18,866.77, itemized expenditures include: $7,539.62 to Aloha Print & Copy for printing, $6,488.67 to the U.S. Postal Service for postage, $1,631.92 to FedEx Kinko’s for printing and mailing, $1,460 to Call Newspapers for advertising, $898.09 to MFPD Lt. Doug Weck for reimbursement for postage and fund-raiser refreshments, $416.60 to MFPD Capt. Mike Yemm for reimbursement for fund-raiser supplies and $388.80 to Trio Graphics.

As for South County Citizens for Public Reform, the committee reported March 30 that it has received contributions of $525.47 from Citizens for Accountable Education, $500 from Telegraph Center LLC, $200 from ArtCo Fabricating and $100 from Oakville resident Victor Wendl. The group also reported receiving $300 from people each giving $100 or less.

The committee also reported expenditures of $5,084.36 to City Graphics for mailers and fliers and $2,557 to Call Newspapers for advertising.

FACE reported March 30 to the Missouri Ethics Commission that it had raised $4,950, spent $6,024.78 and contributed $4,850. FACE reported receiving contributions of $3,000 from the Missouri State Council of Firefighters and $1,950 from MFPD Union Local 1889.

Expenditures reported by FACE include: $2,075 to MFPD Union Local 1889 President Nick Fahs for plastic fire helmets, $1,769.48 to Aloha Print and Copy for printing and handouts, $1,144.80 to Peace Printing for printing and copy, $805.82 to St. Louis Pre-Sort Inc. for mailing and labeling and $137.68 to FedEx Kinko’s for copying fliers.

FACE contributions include: $4,500 to Citizens for a Safer South County, $100 to the Oakville Democratic Organization, $100 to the Tesson Ferry Democratic Organization, $100 to NFCC PAC and $50 to Fenton Ward 1 aldermanic candidate Paul Seemayer’s campaign committee.

Besides the Mehlville Fire Protection District election, candidates for the Mehlville Board of Education also had reported contributions and expenditures.

Incumbent President Tom Diehl and Vice President Micheal Ocello were challenged for two three-year seats in the April 7 election by William Klemm, Linda Mooy and Gary “Brit” Rose. Diehl and Ocello first were elected in 2006.

Citizens for Tom Diehl reported March 30 to the county election board that it had received $235 and spent $1,901.50.

All of Diehl’s $1,901.50 in expenses were paid to the Committee to Re-Elect Micheal Ocello. Those expenses include $950 for yard signs, $591.50 for advertising in Call Newspapers and $360 for fliers.

Diehl reported receiving $100 from the Committee to Elect Joan Barry and $135 from people each giving $100 or less.

The Committee to Re-Elect Micheal Ocello first reported March 27 — before Diehl’s report — to the county election board that it had received $5,992 and spent $2,650.

Contributions to Ocello include: $5,000 from IEC Inc. in Lakewood, Col., $300 from Rubin & Shulman PLC in Southfield, Miss., $292 from Chelmsford Printing Inc. and $100 from the Committee to Elect Joan Barry.

Ocello also reported receiving $300 from people each giving $100 or less.

The Committee to Re-Elect Micheal Ocello reported paying $2,650 to Chelmsford Printing Inc. for campaign fliers and yard signs.

The Elect Brit Rose Campaign reported March 24 to the county election board that it had received $2,885.21 and spent $2,835.21.

Rose contributed $2,485.21 to his own campaign and received $400 in contributions at a fund-raiser.

Rose’s reported expenditures include $2,515.84 to Trio Graphics for printed materials and $280 to the Kennedy Recreation Center for rental.

Klemm and Mooy had not reported any campaign activity.

Only candidates who collect or spend $1,000 during an election cycle are required to file campaign-finance reports.