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“That’s our job.”

These were the words that former St. Louis Alder John Collins-Muhammad allegedly said to John Doe in a pay-to-play scheme that has rocked the city. Doe was being assured that he was going to get the big hook-up once he made the big payoff.

This is where some elected officials get it all wrong: extortion, embezzlement, bribery, political favoritism, sexual favors and lining one’s pockets are NOT part of the job. For too many, it’s incorporated into public or appointed office under the noses of an unsuspecting public often too consumed with their own survival to notice or feeling powerless to do anything about it. Read more.