Messenger: Ethics Spit On The Payday Loan Industry In St. Louis Takes Another Turn | Tony Messenger
When the dispute arose, Dueker went to great lengths to separate from the payday lending industry. She said she didn’t work for them and, in fact, told reporters and others that she had never – ever – benefited financially from the payday loan industry.
In a series of tweets defending his complaint, Dueker’s language could not have been clearer:
“I never received a dime from predatory lenders,” she wrote on Twitter in October, after the complaint against Spencer was dismissed.
Earlier, on September 30, it was even more definitive:
“I have never been paid or hired by the payday loans industry. I think the alderman should disclose conflicts. Ald Spencer refused.
I haven’t been paid or hired by the payday loan industry yet, I think the Alderman should disclose any disputes. Ald Spencer refused.
– Jane Dueker (@JaneDueker) September 30, 2016
In fact, Spencer has revealed his potential conflict on several occasions. Like other elected officials, she files a personal financial statement that describes her job. She discussed council bills and any potential conflicts with Tim O’Connell, counsel for the council of aldermen, before tabling legislation. She openly discussed her employment in other aldermen’s questions.
“I took the advice of the board of directors,” she told me.
So why did Dueker claim she had no connection to the payday lending industry when just a few years ago she won a lawsuit on behalf of payday lenders in court? Supreme of Missouri?