St. Francois Recorder of Deeds, Jay Graf, Responds to Ethics Commission Violations

(Farmington) We asked the St. Francois county recorder of deeds, Jay Graf, if he wanted to provide us a statement on the campaign violations found against him by the Missouri Ethics Commission. Graf responded to us with a short letter that reads, “There was a misunderstanding of the MEC Self-funding Campaign Committee filing regulations. Lesson learned. When I file to run for the Recorder of Deeds Office in the next election, I will form a committee.” The Commission found that Graf failed to register a candidate committee with them for his candidacy for recorder of deeds. He did not establish or maintain an official fund depository for his candidacy, nor did he report contributions or expenditures of his campaign. The commission fined him $3000, but Graf can avoid paying the total if he pays $300 within 45 days of the date of the order and avoids committing any more violations over the next two years.