- Associated Press - Saturday, March 26, 2016

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - State records show the owners of a company hired to post election results online for St. Clair County made campaign contributions to a former county clerk. Donations included one just days before the contract renewal was to be considered.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports (https://bit.ly/1WQxMnf ) that Platinum Technology Resource of St. Charles donated $200 to then-clerk Bob Delaney in 2013. Days later the company sought contract renewal. The county board approved it.

Company owner Mary Pat Bennett’s family donated more than $3,000 to Delaney over a period of years.

The no-bid contract pays the company $826,560. The company’s website crashed for hours during the March 15 election.

Delaney and Bennet declined comment. Delaney resigned in 2013.

David Yepsen of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute said such donations undermine public trust.

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Information from: Belleville News-Democrat, https://www.bnd.com

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