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Kacie Starr Triplett: Former St. Louis Alderwoman Admits Looting Campaign

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Kacie Starr Triplett: "I know I have disappointed you."
A former St. Louis alderwoman used her campaign funds to treat herself to salon and spa services, pay her mortgage and student loans and pad her wallet with spending cash.

In 2007, a 26-year-old Kacie Starr Triplett became one of the city's youngest politicians ever when she was elected alderwoman of the city's Sixth Ward. Five years later -- in November 2012 -- Triplett resigned while in office to take a job working as a homeless advocate and consultant with the nonprofit Behavioral Health Network of Greater St. Louis.

In an apology letter emailed to her former supporters today, Triplett admitted wrongdoing.

It will soon become public that, while serving as Alderman, I converted campaign funds for personal use. My actions were illegal and indefensible. Regrettably, my mistakes resulted not from need, but from greed and selfishness. I fell into a behavior in which, if I desired something that I could not afford, I used my campaign funds to buy it. This was wrong.

According to a 52-page consent order with the Missouri Ethics Commission (viewable below), Triplett acknowledged converting between $8,000 and $18,900 in funds for personal use out of the Friends of Kacie Starr Triplett campaign.

The list of personal expenditures include:

  • $4,284 in cash withdrawals
  • $4,450 in mortgage payments
  • $1,925 in credit card bills
  • $1,068 in spa and salon services
  • $513 for clothes, shoes and jewelry
  • $125 for a fitness club and massages

The consent order further alleges that Triplett failed to timely and accurately report political contributions and accepted anonymous cash donations in violation of state law. In an agreement with the Missouri Ethics Commission, Triplett is to pay a penalty of $100,000 but that amount would be dropped to $10,000 if she pays it within 45 days and reports all missing campaign reports within the next six months.

A call to Triplett was not immediately returned Thursday afternoon.

Continue on to read Triplett's apology letter in its entirety as well as the consent order agreement that Triplett signed with the Ethics Commission.

Dear Friend:

I am full of regret for not fulfilling the trust, support and friendship you have given me. But most of all, I am sorry.

It will soon become public that, while serving as Alderman, I converted campaign funds for personal use. My actions were illegal and indefensible.

Regrettably, my mistakes resulted not from need, but from greed and selfishness. I fell into a behavior in which, if I desired something that I could not afford, I used my campaign funds to buy it. This was wrong.

My conduct began on a small-scale that I erroneously convinced myself was innocent and harmless. However, I now realize that the misappropriation of any amount is improper and beneath the standards for anyone who serves the public.

Last fall, I contacted the Missouri Ethics Commission to notify them of my violations of our state's election law. Along with legal counsel, I met with them in Jefferson City and laid out every dollar spent on personal use. We provided every transaction and bank statement in an attempt to provide complete transparency for my mistakes. This week, we finalized an agreement documenting my violations and stipulating the restitution and fines I will pay as a result of my actions.

While the official inquiry has concluded, this letter is the first step of my journey to rebuild the trust of individuals like you. So many people took a chance and voted for me at the age of 26. You knocked on doors for me and stood out in the rain for me. You believed in me and I know I have disappointed you. Nothing is more important to me than repairing the damage I have done.

Please know that I am committed to making good on my very bad judgment. I am not yet sure what God and the future holds for me, but I know the first step is to admit what I have done and to no longer keep things in the dark. I pray that somehow out of this mistake, God in the end will get the glory.

Again, I am deeply sorry for my actions, ask for your forgiveness, and welcome your prayers and continued friendship.

Sincerely,
Kacie Starr Triplett


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16 comments
msrdls
msrdls

I suspected she was on the take when I called her and challenged her on why she allowed a private party to "makeshift" a surface parking lot at the corner of 20th/Washington. The parking lot IGNORED all the City regulations for a new parking lot development: water run-off control, lighting, landscaping, fencing and landscaping. She IGNORED my questions, promised she would look into it, and then sluffed me off. I reported it directly to City Hall, and EVENTUALLY City Hall closed down the parking lot--but without Triplett's input.

Hank Rearden
Hank Rearden

This isn't an issue of rational selfishness. This is an issue of brute sided Nietzschean altruism. The one where you believe you can sacrifice others to yourself. Selfishness, is the most misused and misunderstood word in the language of man.

Shayne Hummel
Shayne Hummel

I am glad that she did come clean, now let's she if she does the right thing and make amends.

Shayne Hummel
Shayne Hummel

Try find where it came from and what it was intended use for......da.....

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

Throw her in jail. Worthless lying bitch.

Riverfront Times
Riverfront Times

Quick poll: If you were to have access to a pile of illegal money, what would you spend it on? Massages, clothes, bills or... uh... puppies?

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

hope and change. just keep blaming white people for your problems.

Chris Ferguson
Chris Ferguson

Her "Mistakes"? Are they mistakes when done deliberatly? More like her "Lack of ethics".

Victoria L. Schultz
Victoria L. Schultz

She was even featured in Oprah magazine as a respected up and comer. How sad and disappointing.

Erin Fuson
Erin Fuson

I like to see people admitting fault. Good for her. She didn't have to publicly come clean. Now, she needs to pay up and stay out of public service...

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

I would donate a couple of hundred grand to the society for intensifying cruelty to animals, maybe try to bribe the rft into canning and publicly shaming some of the insufferable cunts who currently 'write' 'articles' for them. Idiots.

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