Page PAC Gets $50,000 Contribution from Laborers’ Union after County Council Passes Prevailing Wage Ordinance Initiated by County Executive Sam Page

From Tom Sullivan

(CLAYTON) — A few months after the St. Louis County Council enacted a prevailing wage requirement, which was initiated by County Executive Sam Page and had the strong support of local unions, Page’s political action committee received a $50,000 contribution from the Laborers’ Union. It was received last week on December 27. (See link below to “Campaign Finance Reports.”)
The contribution is many times larger than the $2600 limit on campaign contributions that was enacted last year by county voters as an amendment to the St. Louis County Charter. But that only applies to candidate committees. The Page PAC is a political action committee. Page has a separate candidate committee.

The county executive supported the campaign limit proposal last year when he was chairman of the County Council. The Council approved putting it to voters. Charter amendments require voter approval.
Prevailing wage is the hourly wage, benefits and overtime paid to the majority of workers, laborers, and mechanics within a particular area. Governments can require it be paid by contractors on government projects. In St. Louis County it would apply to any project using county tax incentives.
Prevailing wage requirements are generally seen as being pro-union and can be something of a political football. Unions are mostly supporters of the Democratic Party and are a source of large campaign contributions for Democratic candidates. Republicans sometime try to reduce the prevailing wages by passing legislation changing how they are calculated. Or they might want to eliminate the prevailing wage requirement entirely.
Supporters say prevailing wage requirements prevent underpaid and under-skilled workers from disrupting the local workforce while keeping spending local, thereby increasing tax revenue to local and state government. Critics say it unfairly profits the unions, discriminates against non-union firms and causes increased costs for public works projects.
Prevailing wages are established by the Missouri Department of Labor for each occupation in each county. According to a recent story in the Missouri Times, the prevailing wage for a carpenter in Jefferson County is $54.69 an hour. The prevailing wage for a carpenter in St. Louis County is presumably around the same wage.

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On September 27, 2019 County Executive Page sent a letter to the County Council stating he believed a prevailing wage ordinance should be enacted for St. Louis County. (The letter is attached.) The legislation was finally approved on October 15 and was signed by Page shortly after. On December 27 the Page PAC received the $50,000 contribution from Laborers’ International Union of North America Local 110.

Page also has issued an executive order that created the position of Prevailing Wage Enforcement Coordinator to ensure compliance with the county’s new prevailing wage ordinance. (See link to Labor Tribune article below.)

Prior to being appointed County Executive by the County Council in April, Page was on the County Council for four years and four months. For the last two years and four months he was council chair with majority support on the council. During that time he never suggested or tried to get council approval for prevailing wage legislation.

Page has railed against pay-to-play and the influence of money in county government, especially as it relates to former County Executive Steve Stenger. Yet he is doing pretty much the same thing with no small amount of hypocrisy involved. Page is pandering to any group he feels can get him elected and unabashedly using county resources and tax dollars to do so.

Stenger is doing time in a federal prison for, among other things, giving a $130,000 contract for work that didn’t exist in exchange for campaign contributions. After Page stepped over then-Councilwoman Hazel Erby to become County Executive, it created bad feelings with Erby and her supporters. Page then offered her a job for a position that didn’t exist but with a $121,000 annual salary. All was then forgiven. Same as Stenger, Page uses a lot of tax dollars to further his political interests.

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According to filings made with the Missouri Ethics Commission, the Page PAC  has taken in $85,100 since it was formed on August 21 this year. In addition to the $50,000 contribution from the Laborers’ Union, other contributions came from Ozark Anesthesia Associates, Inc. ($5,000), Anesthesia Associates of Kansas City ($10,000)Western Anesthesiology Associates, Inc. ($10,000) and August A. Busch III ($10,000). The PAC committee treasurer, Brad Bakker, gave $100.

Sam Page’s candidate committee, Page for Missouri, has taken in $157,291 in contributions for next year’s election, according to filings with the ethics commission. The committee has made $135,387 in expenditures and has $37,457 on hand. The next campaign finance reports, for the last quarter of 2019, are due next month by January 15 and contributions to both Page committees are likely to substantially increase.

St. Louis County Assessor Jake Zimmerman has announced he is also running for County Executive. According to his latest ethics commission report, filed on October 15, 2019 his committee has $503,265 on hand. Zimmerman did not announce he was running until October 29 so his contributions since then will be shown on his report due next month.

December 31, 2019

Campaign Finance Reports

Missouri Governor Parson’s statement on President Trump’s announcement on a second term

parsonsJefferson City, MO, June 18, 2019 – Supporters gathered at watch parties across the state of Missouri on Tuesday night to tune into President Trump’s announcement that he is running for reelection. Missouri Governor Parson released an official statement regarding the announcement: “In a little over two years, President Trump has accomplished more for everyday, hard-working families and businesses than any other president in recent history. As 2020 Democrat candidates argue over who is the most socialist, who can raise taxes higher, or who can increase government control of our lives sooner, President Trump has unleashed America’s potential, delivered historic tax cuts, put Americans and our businesses first, fulfilled his promise to secure our borders, prioritized fixing our broken health care system, and restored America’s military strength. President Trump has sparked an economic boom across our entire nation, including historic job growth, higher wages, and record-low unemployment right at home here in Missouri. The case for electing President Trump for a second term is simple: America needs more freedom and less government, more jobs and higher wages, stronger borders, and an improved health care system. I’m proud to support President Trump and will make sure that Missouri delivers another big victory for President Trump in November 2020.”

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Start gathering about 5:30 pm.




3311 Ashby Road

Across from Hoech Middle School, between Midland and St. Charles Rk. Rd.

Bring Something to Share

(main dish, sides, desserts)


Deann and I usually bring chicken, water, utensils and plates.

There are tables and benches but you can bring a chair if desired. If you like to drink anything other than water please feel free to bring it.

Paid and prepared by Becky Buwalda, Airport Township, Becky Buwalda, treasurer.

Councilman Fitch asks for Steve Stenger’s Resignation

County Executive Resign

This month’s North St. Louis County Republican Club

The North St Louis County Republican Club will have their monthly meeting  this Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 7:30 PM.  They meet at Cannoli’s Restaurant at 462 US 67 (Lindbergh) at Washington/ Elizabeth next to Walgreen’s in the Florissant Meadows Shopping Center.

There will be a candidate forum for candidates running for school board in the  Ferguson/Florissant and Hazelwood School Districts.

Also, they will be discussing “Proposition S”, Metropolitan Sewer District tax increase.  A speaker has been invited to speak on this issue.

Gary Wiegert will speak on April 25th about the city/county merger.

For information contact Lou Hannibal at 314-831-6442 or our speaker chairman, Dave Blanke at 314-837-0484

Remember to vote on April 2nd.  We still need Republican election judges for this election.  If you can serve please contact John Minard at 314-615-1871.


St. Louis County Republicans Reject Better Together’s Plan

At this month’s regularly scheduled meeting, the Republican Central Committee of St. Louis County members voted unanimously on a resolution to oppose the organization Better Together and their plan to unite St. Louis City and County. The Committee joins many local St. Louis County municipalities that have passed similar resolutions.

The Better Together plan is to combine the City of St. Louis and the many St. Louis County municipalities into one large mega city. There would no longer be a county and most services would merge. The purpose would be to end duplication of services and make the government more efficient, therefore saving voters millions of dollars.

However, according to the “Riverfront Times,” the Better Together people could not come up with any evidence that their plan would work. Rene Artman, Chairman of the Republican Central Committee of St. Louis County recently commented, “this is just a transfer of wealth from the citizens of St. Louis County to the failed politicians of the City of St. Louis.” Mrs. Artman was referring to pension funds for City employees that are dramatically underfunded.

Further concerns voiced include the fact that savings may never materialize, and a combination of the City and County would permanently lock out one political party leaving many citizens unrepresented.

Republican Central Committee of St. Louis County is an organization of Republican Committeemen and Committeewomen elected in their respective Townships in St. Louis County.

Contact: Rene Artman  (314) 398-6667 for more information

For more information about the Republican Central Committee of St. Louis County go to:


See how you can help to stop Human Trafficking

In 2018, Missouri approved House Bill 1246 to combat the scourge of human trafficking by requiring the placement of posters containing resources to assist human trafficking victims in many public buildings throughout the state of Missouri.

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Bonhomme Township Republican Club Meeting

Thursday, February 7, 2019

6:30-7:30 PM Meet and Greet

7:00-8:00 PM Program

413 S Clay, Kirkwood, MO (American Legion Post)

Neal Breitweiser

Executive Director

Jefferson County Port Authority


Neal will talk about plans to develop Mississippi River ports in Crystal City, Herculaneum, and Kimmswick, including the re-activation of the Delta Queen.  Neal is also the Republican Committeeman for Creve Coeur Township.


Questions about the Club?

Alan Wheeler, President, 314-691-2526

Jan DeWeese, Committeewoman, 646-343-5360

Matt Maher, Committeeman, 314-898-3625

Why Sheriff Joe?

There has been a lot of interest in our Republican Party activities as to why Sheriff Joe Arpaio will speak at the St. Louis County Lincoln/Reagan Day Dinner.

Retired Sheriff Joe Arpaio – famously known as “America’s Toughest Sheriff” – represents the values and principles of St. Louis County Republicans.

He does for obvious, and not so obvious reasons.  To illustrate, here is a glimpse of Joe Arpaio’s past – a remarkable one of which most are unaware.

We all know Joe Arpaio as the Sheriff who cracked down on illegal migration decades before it was in vogue; and a man who made headlines for his staunch position on law enforcement and his revolutionary prison reform programs.  But consider Joe Arpaio’s lesser known background and why he is rightfully a conservative legend, hero, icon and importantly, a relevant voice to represent the Republicans of St. Louis County this year.

Joe Arpaio was the youngest Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Regional Director in the history of the institution.  At 35, Joe was placed in charge of every DEA office in Latin America from Mexico to Argentina.  While developing revolutionary DEA programs, Joe met with US and foreign presidents.  As the Regional Director, operating in South America, Joe attended meetings with Panamanian President Noriega at the time when the United States rightfully maintained control of the Panama Canal and it is believed to be the only American invited to visit with Chilean President Augusto Pinochet.  Arpaio also served as the head of the DEA offices in Turkey and other middle-eastern countries.

This background alone makes Joe Arpaio a relevant voice to the controversial issues raging in 2019, illegal drugs, law enforcement, border wars, Latin America, diplomatic relations with nation states teetering on economic and physical collapse.

These are issues that affect us here in St. Louis County, as well as Missouri and the United States.

Joe Arpaio famously went on to become “America’s Toughest Sheriff”.  It is a name he lived up to and was re-elected six times for a total of 24 years in the state of Arizona.  A champion for ICE, Arpaio’s Sheriff’s office became famous for helping deport and report illegal migrants flooding the southern border.  Arpaio’s revolutionary prison reform programs reduced prison recidivism rates and was praised nationwide for his “out of the box” solutions for prison reforms.

Arpaio has been a staunch advocate for sealing our southern border.  His sheriff’s office was on the front lines of this issue for decades.  His record speaks for itself.

These are all issues that are incredibly relevant for St. Louis County and our Nation as a whole.

Joe Arpaio has drawn strong criticism from Republicans and the Democratic Party apparatchiks for decades and for exactly the reason we conservatives celebrate him – he is a defender of our Constitution, and he enforces the law.

When John McCain, knowingly mislead the American people in his book, “The Restless Wave”, that Joe Arpaio was a “felon-to-be”, it established the line between Republicans who sold out for Obama’s agenda and those Republicans who maintained their integrity and examined facts.

The Left and Big Media want us to ignore the fact that President Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio for a contempt of court Misdemeanor, NOT as urban legend has it, a “felony”.  Why?  Because Arpaio’s particular brand of conservatism did not agree with a liberal Federal 9th Circuit Judge.

Any American duped into this “Arpaio is a Felon” hogwash, is a textbook victim of the Open Borders Globalist agenda; one that has been trying to destroy Joe Arpaio for decades.

In December, Arpaio, together with the founder of Freedom Watch, filed a $300 million lawsuit against CNN and what most of us call the “Fake News” conglomerate for propagating this “Arpaio is a Felon” lie.  Arpaio’s case has real standing and could well make a difference in today’s war against a corrupted news machine that has for too long, been using the 1963 “Times v. Sullivan” case as justification to abuse their powers of the press in an effort to infect the American public with lies for political purposes.

The Republican war against Globalism, Leftist Big Media and Obama’s disastrous legacy are all issues that we Republicans here in St. Louis County discuss and fight against daily.  Arpaio has been in the thick of this fight all of his life.

If our Republican Party strives to represent integrity, honesty, and dignity, then I can think of no one better than Sheriff Joe Arpaio to speak at our Lincoln/Reagan Day Dinner.  Joe dedicated himself to the service of this nation and we are honored to have him.  Let us take this opportunity to learn from someone who represents the values we hold dear, while never compromising his service to this nation, even under the heat of character assassination.

Joe Arpaio is a conservative icon for many reasons, but Joe Arpaio’s leadership and survival under a ceaseless barrage of political persecution is a testament that you and I have a voice; that we all have a vote; and that you and I are the rightful captains of our destiny.

Rene Artman

Chair of the Republican Central Committee of St. Louis County Missouri

Happy New Year from St. Louis County Republicans

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