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Campaign finance complaint filed against Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner | Law and order

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St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly M. Gardner (left) is being challenged by former prosecutor Mary Pat Carl in the Democratic primary on Aug. 4, 2020 (file photos)

UPDATED with statement from the St. Louis circuit attorney.

ST. LOUIS — A supporter of Mary Pat Carl, the Democratic challenger in the race to become the city’s next top prosecutor, has filed an ethics complaint against Circuit Attorney Kimberly M. Gardner.

Fred Wessels, a former state representative and city alderman, filed a complaint July 21 with the Missouri Ethics Commission alleging Gardner violated probation of a 2019 ethics violation by failing to file within 48 hours a report disclosing a $78,000 in-kind donation from a political action committee based in Washington, D.C.

Wessels’ complaint claims Gardner “failed to report her contracts and payments to the media company who produced the video on her campaign page. That video is also on the circuit attorney website.” Wessels also complained Gardner’s campaign filed its April and July reports late.

A spokeswoman for Gardner provided a statement saying “At the current time, Citizens to Elect Kimberly M. Gardner is in full compliance with all ethical and legal requirements.”