Waterloo Mayor, Buck Clark, says he'll pay a one hundred dollar fine.
That's because The Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board ruled Wednesday that Mayor Clark violated campaign ethics rules by using his City of Waterloo email for political purposes on several occasions.
In March, former Waterloo School Board member, Bill Kammeyer, filed an ethics complaint with the state board, after obtaining some 800 pages of City of Waterloo emails.
In Des Moines Wednesday, the Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board found that a small number of the Mayor's emails had made reference to political activities, such as campaign phone calls, commercials, union support and yard signs. the Board fined Clark $100.00.
Bill Kammeyer issued this statement: "Today the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board confirmed what I alleged months ago, that Mayor Buck Clark has used Waterloo taxpayer resources for political purposes. As a twelve year veteran of the Waterloo Board of Education, I understand the responsibilities that come with holding elected office. At the forefront of those responsibilities is honesty and trustworthiness, both in which Mayor Clark has violated.”
Kammeyer added; “I, like many in the community, are fed up with the Washington DC style of partisan politics that has moved into Waterloo City Hall. The name calling, character assassination, immature and unethical behavior of this mayor and several on our council is unacceptable. The citizens of Waterloo deserve better. The city council is no longer a nonpartisan body and calling it one is not fooling anyone. In the emails I obtained and the ethics board reviewed, it is clear that the local Democratic Party, UAW, and others assert far more influence over those in positions of power than the general public.”
Mayor Clark told KWWL News he has yet to hear from the Board, but issued a statement. Clark said, "My detractors have gotten their headlines. I will accept the board's recommendations, I will pay the fine and I will get on with much more important city business and be glad that this situation is over."
Kammeyer added, “Whereas I am extremely happy with today’s ruling, I know that the documents that were reviewed were only a small sample of what is hiding in the computers at City Hall. I call on all citizens of Waterloo to take a stand and demand that our city government gets back to work for the people and not special interests."
The Ethics Board could have fined Mayor Clark $ 500.00 but chose not to do so.