Campaign Finance: shuffling all that money into a brand new PAC

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Today at the Missouri Ethics Commission:

C161391 12/05/2016 BUILDING CONSENSUS PAC Silvey for Missouri PO Box 10626 Gladstone MO 64118 12/5/2016 $351,440.17

[emphasis added]

That’s a significant chunk of change. Let’s see, Ryan Silvey (r) will term limit out of the state senate in 2020. There aren’t any statewide offices up in 2020 that won’t be held by republicans. What’s a republican politician with a load of campaign cash to do? Maybe form a political action committee?

It’s a brand spanking new PAC:

C161391: Building Consensus Pac
Committee Type: Political Action
1150 Grand Blvd Ste 270
Kansas City Mo 64106
Established Date: 12/05/2016
[….]
Treasurer
Angela Silvey

Building Consensus. Such a novel thought. There’s only so much irony that a PAC name can hold…

Claire McCaskill, moral obligation, and the existential threat of the Trump presidency.

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In my opinion Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill wants to be a good person as well as a good politician. She’s a Democrat because of the latter and a temporizing centrist because of the former. It’s not her fault that a raging red river flooded Missouri after she (and the first black president) were elected. But she dropped her talk about “progressive” values and began to sing the praises of “bipartisanship” shortly after the Tea Party began mobbing her Town Halls. The choice between good person and good politician are not necessarily opposed, but McCaskill’s case is complicated by demographics.

With the election of Donald Trump, though, things have changed. We stand to lose almost a century of progress while the Great Kleptocrat loots the nation and GOPers, in the pay of the Dark Money boys, stand by silently and let it happen as long as their wealthy patrons get theirs. We have to hope that as a good person McCaskill understands that she cannot choose to go along to get along in the new environment, nor will it buy her much political capital if she decides that she has to be less of a good person in order to be a good politician. There are plenty of folks with a respectable veneer who are a little further right (like, perhaps, Ann Wagner) who can far more convincingly fill the niche into which McCaskill’s been trying to squeeze herself .

The first test will likely be Obamacare and Medicare.  So far, McCaskill is saying the right things about Medicare without feeling compelled to add her thoughts about how to reform it in ways that hurt poor and middle class Missourians. The Obamacare test may be pushed further down the road if, as TPM’s Lauren Fox suggests, Republicans decide to repeal it, delay implementation of the repeal until after the midterms, and rely on compliant Democrats to pass a fifth-rate GOP replacement – and blame them for the repeal if they don’t. McCaskill’s been a sucker for this type of bait and switch in the past.

An even more immediate test, however, will be whether or not McCaskill is willing to go along with some of Donald Trump’s more unqualified and potentially destructive cabinet nominees. Democrats need to make it clear that Trump’s designated wrecking and looting crew will not waltz their way past the Senate. Although cabinet nominees only require fifty-one votes for confirmation, Democrats – and, who knows, maybe a few principled Republicans, if that isn’t an oxymoron – can make the confirmation process into what Politico calls a “slog” and tie up destructive policy moves on the part of the Trump Mafia.

We need McCaskill to stand with other Senate members who are now signaling that they aren’t going to roll over and confirm unqualified candidates who stand well outside even the conservative mainstream. According to Politico, “Democrats are likely to require roll call votes and possibly delay the nominations of Betsy DeVos to be secretary of education and Tom Price to to be Health and Human Services secretary, in addition to Mattis, Mnuchin and Sessions.” Early signs are that McCaskill is waiting for a little push to go either way. Politico quotes her as cautiously tending to support the emerging Democratic line:

“I’ve heard no conversations about the kind of obstruction that Mitch McConnell specialized in,” said another endangered Democrat, Claire McCaskill of Missouri. “But there may be some where there are real questions about their qualifications and some of the things in their backgrounds.”

Damn straight there is, Claire.

It’s a good sign, though, that McCaskill is trying to point out that lots of the nominees are genuinely dreadful; she seems to be trying to anticipate accusations that slowing the more outrageous nominations down in order to thoroughly vet questionable candidates is simply tit-for-tat against GOPers who, for purely partisan reasons, denied confirmation to a Supreme Court candidate that all admitted to be more than qualified.

Standing up against nominations that will be bad for the country is not by any measure the same type of political game that Republicans played all through the Obama presidency. They routinely obstructed the nominations of qualified judicial and agency candidates and slow-rolled the nomination of perfectly qualified cabinet level candidates like Loretta Lynch. Expect qualified Trump nominees like Elaine Chou to be easily confirmed.

As Nancy LeTourneau writes in response to charges of what she calls “both-siderism” in the Politico article:

Barack Obama didn’t nominate an Attorney General who had been rejected for a federal judgeship because of his history of racism. Nor did he nominate a Defense Secretary who violated the restrictions on the time between military service and serving in that capacity. He also didn’t nominate a woman with no training or experience in education to be Secretary of Education. Nor did he nominate someone who had been involved in the most egregious practices leading up to the Great Recession to be Treasury Secretary. In other words, the Cabinet Trump is proposing is extremist in a way that is unprecedented. As such, both the Senate and the American public need to seriously consider their capacity to harm the institutions on which so many of our citizens depend.

So let’s just hope that Claire McCaskill can put the good of the country before political expediency. Democrats are going to have to play a long game, and it’s likely that there are some who will have to take one for the team.

Campaign Finance: getting that money in under the wire

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At the Missouri Ethics Commission:

[….]
On November 8, 2016, Missouri voters approved Constitutional Amendment 2 which, among its provisions, imposes campaign contribution limits on certain candidates for state office including statewide offices, legislative offices and judicial offices.
[….]
… the effective date is December 8, 2016…
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Section 23, subsection 3(1), provides a contribution limit of $2,600 from any person, other than the candidate, to elect individuals to state office for “one” election.
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Mike Parson (r) [2016 file photo]

Mike Parson (r) [2016 file photo]

Today at the Missouri Ethics Commission for Mike Parson’s (r) 2020 (?) campaign for Lieutenant Governor:

C091129 12/05/2016 PARSON FOR MISSOURI Missouri Realtors PAC Inc PO Box 30635 Columbia MO 65205 12/3/2016 $10,000.00

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Just think what it’d be like if that governor thing had worked out.

HB 126, HB 131, HB 132, HB 133: piling on prevailing wage and organized labor

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Why, the way the republican controlled Missouri General Assembly is filing bills you’d think that the interests of organized labor and working people are the most pressing evil facing the citizens of the state.

It’s going to be a long legislative session for working people.

HB 126  
Modifies provisions relating to fairness in public construction
Sponsor: Vescovo, Rob (112)
Proposed Effective Date: 8/28/2017
LR Number: 0529H.02I
Last Action: 12/02/2016 – Prefiled (H)
Bill String: HB 126
Next Hearing: Hearing not scheduled
Calendar: Bill currently not on a House calendar

Part of the bill text [pdf]:

34.209. The state, any agency of the state, any political subdivision of the state, or any instrumentality thereof, when engaged in procuring or letting contracts for construction, repair, remodeling, or demolition of a facility shall ensure that bid specification, project agreements, and other controlling documents entered into, required, or subject to approval by the state, agency, political subdivision, or instrumentality do not:

[….]

(3) Encourage or give preferential treatment to bidders, offerors, contractors, or subcontractors for entering or refusing to enter or to remain signatory or otherwise adhere to agreements with one or more labor organizations on the same or related construction projects.

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And more of the same, similar to bills filed earlier:

HB 131  
Prohibits an employer from requiring a person to become a member of a labor organization as a condition or continuation of employment
Sponsor: Lant, Bill (159)
Proposed Effective Date: 8/28/2017
LR Number: 0520H.01I
Last Action: 12/05/2016 – Prefiled (H)
Bill String: HB 131
Next Hearing: Hearing not scheduled
Calendar: Bill currently not on a House calendar

HB 132  
Allows public bodies to opt out of prevailing wage laws for the construction of public works projects that are $750,000 or less
Sponsor: Lant, Bill (159)
Proposed Effective Date: 8/28/2017
LR Number: 0522H.01I
Last Action: 12/05/2016 – Prefiled (H)
Bill String: HB 132
Next Hearing: Hearing not scheduled
Calendar: Bill currently not on a House calendar

HB 133  
Establishes the School Construction Act, which exempts construction and maintenance work done for certain school districts from the prevailing wage requirement upon the school board’s approval
Sponsor: Lant, Bill (159)
Proposed Effective Date: 8/28/2017
LR Number: 0521H.01I
Last Action: 12/05/2016 – Prefiled (H)
Bill String: HB 133
Next Hearing: Hearing not scheduled
Calendar: Bill currently not on a House calendar

Yep, it’s going to be a very long legislative session for working people.

Previously:

HB 42 and HB 91: right to get paid less rears its ugly head – again (December 1, 2016)

HB 44, HB 78, HB 79, and HB 104: they ain’t gonna prevail no more (December 1, 2016)

Still counting – Trump losing the popular vote by 2,620,649. Still not a “mandate”, and China is still a thing.

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The margin continues to increase.

Compiled by David Wasserman, Cook Political Report:

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Michael Bersin ‏@MBersin
National Popular Vote (to date) – Hillary Clinton (D) 65,365,398 – Donald Trump (r) 62,744,749 – margin for Hillary + 2,620,649
12:41 PM – 5 Dec 2016

Kellyanne’s concept of a “landslide” is pretty darn sketchy.

Previously:

Still counting (November 21, 2016)

Still counting – losing the popular vote by 2,017,563 ain’t a “mandate” (November 23, 2016)

Still counting – losing the popular vote by 2,103,941 is still not a “mandate” (November 24, 2016)

Still counting – losing the popular vote by 2,126,705 isn’t even close to a “mandate” (November 25, 2016)

Still counting – Trump losing the popular vote by 2,228,232. Nope, still not a “mandate”. (November 26, 2016)

62,409,389 (46.5%) of your fellow Americans (to date) voted for this moron (November 27, 2016)

Still counting – Trump losing the popular vote by 2,235,653. Still not a “mandate”. Trump is still delusional. (November 27, 2016)

Still counting – Trump losing the popular vote by 2,243,231. What color is the sky in their world? (November 28, 2016)

Still counting – Trump losing the popular vote by 2,358,925 (November 30, 2016)

Still counting – Trump losing the popular vote by 2,366,367. Still not a “mandate”. (November 30, 2016)

Still counting – Trump losing the popular vote by 2,526,184. Still not a “mandate” by any stretch of the imagination. (December 1, 2016)

Still counting – Trump losing the popular vote by 2,564,274. Still not a “mandate”, but now China is pissed off. (December 2, 2016)

Still counting – Trump losing the popular vote by 2,567,625. Still not a “mandate”, and he still fumes at Saturday Night Live. (December 4, 2016)

Stephen Webber – Chair of the Missouri Democratic Party

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Stephen Webber (D) [2016 file photo].

Stephen Webber (D) [2016 file photo].

Yesterday, in Jefferson City:

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Stephen Webber ‏@s_webber
Honored to be elected Chair of @MoDemParty Change will take ALL of us working together. Only 703 days till election 2018. Let’s get to work!
3:45 PM – 3 Dec 2016

The Chair and Vice-chair of the state party are also members of the Democratic National Committee by virtue of their elected office in the state party. As such they will also be unpledged PLEO (party leader, elected official) delegates at the next national convention.

Still counting – Trump losing the popular vote by 2,567,625. Still not a “mandate”, and he still fumes at Saturday Night Live.

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The margin continues to increase.

Compiled by David Wasserman, Cook Political Report:

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Michael Bersin ‏@MBersin
National Popular Vote (to date) – Hillary Clinton (D) 65,259,681 – Donald Trump (r) 62,692,056 – margin for Hillary + 2,567,625
6:21 AM – 4 Dec 2016

Not so super, eh, Kellyanne?

Previously:

Still counting (November 21, 2016)

Still counting – losing the popular vote by 2,017,563 ain’t a “mandate” (November 23, 2016)

Still counting – losing the popular vote by 2,103,941 is still not a “mandate” (November 24, 2016)

Still counting – losing the popular vote by 2,126,705 isn’t even close to a “mandate” (November 25, 2016)

Still counting – Trump losing the popular vote by 2,228,232. Nope, still not a “mandate”. (November 26, 2016)

62,409,389 (46.5%) of your fellow Americans (to date) voted for this moron (November 27, 2016)

Still counting – Trump losing the popular vote by 2,235,653. Still not a “mandate”. Trump is still delusional. (November 27, 2016)

Still counting – Trump losing the popular vote by 2,243,231. What color is the sky in their world? (November 28, 2016)

Still counting – Trump losing the popular vote by 2,358,925 (November 30, 2016)

Still counting – Trump losing the popular vote by 2,366,367. Still not a “mandate”. (November 30, 2016)

Still counting – Trump losing the popular vote by 2,526,184. Still not a “mandate” by any stretch of the imagination. (December 1, 2016)

Still counting – Trump losing the popular vote by 2,564,274. Still not a “mandate”, but now China is pissed off. (December 2, 2016)

Campaign Finance: in on the act

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Getting that no limit money in under the wire.

Yesterday at the Missouri Ethics Commission for Eric Schmitt’s (r) 2020 [?] State Treasurer or whatever campaign:

C071320 12/02/2016 SCHMITT FOR MISSOURI Douglas Albrecht 16 Upper Ladue Rd St Louis MO 63124 Bodley Group Chairman 12/1/2016 $25,000.00

C071320 12/02/2016 SCHMITT FOR MISSOURI MO Majority PAC PO Box 651 Perryville MO 63775 12/1/2016 $15,000.00

[emphasis added]

Still, it’s not like being governor-elect or something.

Update:

And there’s more today…

C071320 12/03/2016 SCHMITT FOR MISSOURI David L Steward PO Box 1724 Maryland Heights MO 63043 World Wide Technology 12/2/2016 $10,000.00

C071320 12/03/2016 SCHMITT FOR MISSOURI Lathrop & Gage LLP Political Action Committee 2345 Grand Blvd, Ste 2800 Kansas City MO 64108 12/2/2016 $10,000.00

C071320 12/03/2016 SCHMITT FOR MISSOURI Roy Pfautch 52 Portland Pl St Louis MO 63108 Civic Service Consultant 12/2/2016 $10,000.00

C071320 12/03/2016 SCHMITT FOR MISSOURI Central Bancompany PAC 238 Madison St Jefferson City MO 65101 12/2/2016 $12,000.00

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Campaign Finance: and so it ends or begins before it begins – part 7

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Getting that money in under the wire, before some of those campaign finance limits kick in.

Eric Greitens (r) [2016 file photo].

Eric Greitens (r) [2016 file photo].

Yesterday at the Missouri Ethics Commission for Eric Greitens’ (r) 2016 or 2020 [?] gubernatorial or whatever campaign:

C151053 12/02/2016 GREITENS FOR MISSOURI POET LLC 4615 Lewis Ave. Sioux Falls SD 57104 12/1/2016 $10,000.00

C151053 12/02/2016 GREITENS FOR MISSOURI Corizon, INC 103 Powell Court Brentwood TN 37027 12/1/2016 $10,000.00

C151053 12/02/2016 GREITENS FOR MISSOURI AGC of MO PAC 6330 Knox Industrial Dr. St Louis MO 63139 12/1/2016 $15,000.00

C151053 12/02/2016 GREITENS FOR MISSOURI Cheyenne International LLC 701 South Battleground Ave. Grover NC 28073 12/1/2016 $15,000.00

C151053 12/02/2016 GREITENS FOR MISSOURI Kansas City Power & Light PO Box 418679 Kansas City MO 64141 11/30/2016 $25,000.00

C151053 12/02/2016 GREITENS FOR MISSOURI Lathrop & Gage LLP Political Action Committe 2345 Grand Blvd. Ste. 2800 Kansas City MO 64108 11/30/2016 $10,000.00

[emphasis added]

Yep, money is piling up.

Previously:

Campaign Finance: and so it ends or begins before it begins (November 20, 2016)

Campaign Finance: and so it ends or begins before it begins – part 2 (November 21, 2016)

Campaign Finance: and so it ends or begins before it begins – part 3 (November 23, 2016)

Campaign Finance: and so it ends or begins before it begins – part 4 (November 28, 2016)

Campaign Finance: and so it ends or begins before it begins – part 5 (November 29, 2016)

Campaign Finance: and so it ends or begins before it begins – part 6 (December 1, 2016)

Still counting – Trump losing the popular vote by 2,564,274. Still not a “mandate”, but now China is pissed off.

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The margin continues to increase.

Compiled by David Wasserman, Cook Political Report:

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Michael Bersin ‏@MBersin
National Popular Vote (to date) – Hillary Clinton (D) 65,250,336 – Donald Trump (r) 62,686,062 – margin for Hillary + 2,564,274
9:09 PM – 2 Dec 2016

Kellyanne thinks those are winning numbers.

Previously:

Still counting (November 21, 2016)

Still counting – losing the popular vote by 2,017,563 ain’t a “mandate” (November 23, 2016)

Still counting – losing the popular vote by 2,103,941 is still not a “mandate” (November 24, 2016)

Still counting – losing the popular vote by 2,126,705 isn’t even close to a “mandate” (November 25, 2016)

Still counting – Trump losing the popular vote by 2,228,232. Nope, still not a “mandate”. (November 26, 2016)

62,409,389 (46.5%) of your fellow Americans (to date) voted for this moron (November 27, 2016)

Still counting – Trump losing the popular vote by 2,235,653. Still not a “mandate”. Trump is still delusional. (November 27, 2016)

Still counting – Trump losing the popular vote by 2,243,231. What color is the sky in their world? (November 28, 2016)

Still counting – Trump losing the popular vote by 2,358,925 (November 30, 2016)

Still counting – Trump losing the popular vote by 2,366,367. Still not a “mandate”. (November 30, 2016)

Still counting – Trump losing the popular vote by 2,526,184. Still not a “mandate” by any stretch of the imagination. (December 1, 2016)