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St. Louis aldermen seek hearing over stadium bribery allegations

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ST. LOUIS  •  The riverfront football stadium is dead, but the months of aldermanic debate continue. 

On Friday, aldermen will introduce a resolution seeking public hearings over allegations made by Alderman Megan Green that 'bribery' and 'corruption' occurred in December's stadium vote. 

Green never substantiated those claims. Federal and local law enforcement said they found nothing actionable. 

"I think it's important to clear the name of the Board of Aldermen," said Alderman Joe Vaccaro, the lead sponsor of the resolution. 

"She has accused everybody up here of being on the take except for her," Vaccaro said. "She may want to bring an attorney. She continues to keep saying it, so it either has merit or it doesn't."

Vaccaro said an aldermanic committee will call witnesses, including Green. He said they can issue subpoenas if necessary. 

"She made the allegations, we have a duty to follow up," Vaccaro said. 

After aldermen overwhelmingly endorsed spending $150 million of public money on the stadium project, Green tweeted: "The deal cutting, bribery, and [corruption] at City Hall will never cease to amaze me." She added:"I’ve had loved ones offered bribes for my support. I’m not alone. Campaign finance reports will be interesting."

Green later labeled the allegations "legalized bribery."

Green responded on Thursday, saying: "I'm looking forward to having a conversation about meaningful ethics reform at the board of aldermen in efforts to reform the this-for-that, business as usual mentality of City hall, and restore an open and transparent system of government of which St. Louisians can be proud."

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Nicholas J.C. Pistor is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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