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Scratch My Back and I’ll Scratch Yours

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay has received a donation that can only be seen as a little tit-for-tat.

Thompson Coburn — which in October was promised a $700,000 incentive package in exchange for keeping its office downtown — gave the mayor’s re-election account $20,000 on Nov. 26, according to filings with the state Ethics Commission.

The venerable law firm — a staple of the St. Louis legal community that included the late former U.S. Sen. Tom Eagleton as a partner — was weighing a move from Seventh Street to Clayton before Slay’s office offered a tax incentive to stay.

That’s what I call a pretty good return on your investment. Give the Mayor $20,000 and you get $700,000 in incentives to keep an office you already use.

Unsaid in the post (frankly because it seems like it has always been so in St. Louis) is that Mayor Slay is a Democrat.

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