Campaign Finance: infinite loop

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Today at the Missouri Ethics Commission for a PAC:

C180455 10/23/2018 Missouri Senate Conservatives Fund Herzog Contracting Corp 600 South Riverside Dr. Saint Joseph MO 64507 10/22/2018 $100,000.00

[emphasis added]

C180455: Missouri Senate Conservatives Fund
Committee Type: Political Action
7509 Nw Tiffany Springs Parkway Suite 300
Kansas City Mo 64153
Established Date:
06/08/2018
[….]
Information Reported On: 2018 – October Quarterly Report
Beginning Money on Hand $33,647.98
Monetary Receipts + $0.00
Monetary Expenditures – $6,336.50
Contributions Made – $0.00
Other Disbursements – $200.00
Subtotal ($6,536.50)
Ending Money On Hand $27,111.48

Now they have some real money.

You think they answer their phones with: “Department of Redundancy Department”?

Campaign Finance: the truth is out there

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Yesterday at the Missouri Ethics Commission:

C161339 10/22/2018 Truth in Campaigns Carpenters Help in the Political Process 1401 Hampton Ave Saint Louis MO 63139 10/20/2018 $50,000.00

[emphasis added]

That’s quite a boost.

The committee’s latest report:

C161339: Truth In Campaigns
Committee Type: Political Action
Po Box 10136
Kansas City Mo 64171
Established Date: 09/13/2016
[….]
Information Reported On: 2018 – January Quarterly Report
Beginning Money on Hand $106.34
Monetary Receipts + $500.00
Monetary Expenditures – $20.00
Contributions Made – $0.00
Other Disbursements – $0.00
Subtotal $480.00
Ending Money On Hand $586.34

Quite a boost.

“Give ’em Hell, Harry!”
“I don’t give them Hell. I just tell the truth about them, and they think it’s Hell.”

Okay.

Campaign Finance: No contest is too small…

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…for a big check from Rex Sinquefield.

Today at the Missouri Ethics Commission for a PAC involved in the 34th Senate District:

C171211 10/22/2018 Citizens for a Prosperous 34th Senate District Rex Sinquefield 244 Bent Walnut Westpahalia MO 5085 Retired Retired 10/22/2018 $50,000.00

[emphasis added]

Why would he be so interested in a state senate contest on this side of the state?

The republican in the 34th Senate District, Tony Luetkemeyer:

C171131: Luetkemeyer For Senate
Committee Type: Candidate
Po Box 14360
Parkville Mo 64152
Party Affiliation: Republican
Established Date: 05/12/2017
[….]
Information Reported On: 2018 – October Quarterly Report
Beginning Money on Hand $116,558.11
Monetary Receipts + $155,515.00
Monetary Expenditures – $42,337.31
Contributions Made – $0.00
Other Disbursements – $0.00
Subtotal $113,177.69
Ending Money On Hand $229,735.80

[emphasis added]

He’s not lacking for resources.

The Democratic Party candidate in the 34th Senate District, Martin Rucker:

C171000: Rucker For Missouri
Committee Type: Candidate
Po Box 681313
Riverside Mo 64168
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Established Date: 01/04/2017
[….]
Information Reported On: 2018 – October Quarterly Report
Beginning Money on Hand $88,155.51
Monetary Receipts + $48,988.00
Monetary Expenditures – $14,902.02
Contributions Made – $0.00
Other Disbursements – $2,000.00
Subtotal $32,085.98
Ending Money On Hand $120,241.49

[emphasis added]

Okay, that’s respectable. And over $100,000.00 less than the republican candidate.

Are the republicans getting nervous? Just asking.

What would happen if Rex Sinquefield couldn’t write big checks like that anymore? Oh, yeah

Previously:

Campaign Finance: we’re not surprised (November 9, 2018)

Campaign finance: CLEAN teaching

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Yesterday at the Missouri Ethics Commission for CLEAN Missouri’s (Amendment 1) ethics, campaign finance, lobbying, and redistricting reform initiative on the November ballot:

C161298 10/19/2018 CLEAN Missouri National Education Association 1201 16th St, NW Washington DC 20036 10/19/2018 $500,000.00

[emphasis added]

They’re serious.

Hey, Rex, this means they can buy a lot more signs. But they won’t waste the money. One of the benefits of education.

Previously:

2018 = 1984 (October 19, 2018)

Campaign Finance: pro bono publico (October 19, 2018)

Josh Hawley (r): you brought up planes

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Another sad chapter in the annals of IOKIYAR*.

Josh Hawley (r) [2016 file photo].

Air wars: Hawley flies on lobbyist’s plane after blasting McCaskill
Missouri’s Senate candidates duke it out over whose flights are more unsavory.
By BURGESS EVERETT and ELANA SCHOR 10/20/2018 09:45 AM EDT

Sure enough, we went directly to Josh Hawley’s (r) October 2018 Federal Election Commission [FEC] campaign finance report and there it is:

Travis Brown and Kelly Brown each contributed $2612.50, in kind, dated September 24, 2018 to Josh Hawley’s (r) U.S. Senate campaign. The memo on the contribution report states: “In Kind: Air Charter 9-20-18”

Well, slap my face and call me a republican lobbyist, I’d never consider such a thing possible, given Josh Hawley’s, you know, lack of insider contacts and his apparent aversion to air travel.

Gee, they’re both “self employed” in the “government relations” business. “Government relations” is FEC report talk for “lobbyist”. Charter plane flights not always included.

Travis Brown, Travis Brown…wait a minute, we’ve run into that name before. At the Missouri Ethics Commision [lobbying search]:

Principal: PELOPIDAS, LLC 1034 S. BRENTWOOD BLVD, STE 1700 SAINT LOUIS , MO 63117 […]
Lobbyist: Travis Brown 1034 S. Brentwood Blvd, Ste 1700 Saint Louis , MO 63117 […]

Why, that’s the same address listed for the in-kind contributions to Josh Hawley (r) in the FEC report. Go figure.

It’s not like a lobbyist’s plane hasn’t been an issue in the past:

Today’s Republican Floor Leader co-owns plane with Lobbyist story is (January 16, 2009)

A Plane, a Business, a Representative, and a Lobbyist (January 18, 2009)

A Plane, a Business, a Representative, and a Lobbyist, part 2 (January 19, 2009)

A Plane, a Business, a Representative, and a Lobbyist, part 3 (January 22, 2009)

It’s plane what isn’t going to happen this year when it comes to ethics reform in Jefferson City (December 31, 2009)

We’re fairly certain this is not the aircraft in question – we couldn’t find the registration number on it.

Though it does make an apt metaphor for the blatant hypocrisy inherent in Josh Hawley’s (r) campaign rhetoric.

The more things change, the more they remain the same, and the very same republicans show up with their plane.

* it’s okay if you’re a republican

2018 = 1984

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War is peace.

Freedom is slavery.

Ignorance is strength.

Clean is dirty.

The right wingnut funded Missourians First has signs opposed to Amendment 1 springing up all over like mushrooms. And mushrooms grow in…

And bullshit is always bullshit.

Does anyone think the people who put these signs up on their property really know who paid for them?

Missourians First is the pop up committee (established on August 10, 2018) funded with $200,000.00 from Rex Sinquefield which is opposed to the CLEAN Missouri intiative (Amendment 1) for ethics, campaign finance, lobbying, and redistricting reform on the November ballot.

On October 11, 2018 Missourians First filed a Limited Activity (under $500.00 for the period) quarterly campaign finance report with the Missouri Ethics Commission.

Let’s see, Missourians First (really, Rex Sinquefield at this point) is adamantly opposed to a constitutional amendment that will:

Require that legislative records be open to the public by ensuring that the legislature operate under the same open records law as other public entities in Missouri

Require politicians to wait two years before becoming lobbyists after the conclusion of their final legislative session

Eliminate almost all lobbyist gifts in the General Assembly by banning any single gift worth more than $5 — that means no more steak dinners, expensive booze, junkets or sports tickets. This rule would eliminate more than 99% of the lobbyist gift giving happening in Missouri.

Lower campaign contribution limits for state legislative candidates to limit the influence of big money and lobbyists in state government.
Establish new campaign contribution limits for General Assembly candidates— $2,500 for state senate, and $2,000 for state house.
Limit the ability of individuals and organizations to circumvent caps by counting money from single-source committees towards totals for original, actual donors.
Stop legislative fundraising on state property.

Ensure that neither political party is given an unfair advantage when new maps are drawn after the next census by asking a nonpartisan expert to draw fair legislative district maps, which would then be reviewed by a citizen commission.
Add fairness and competitiveness as required criteria for new district maps
Protect the political power of minority communities against vote dilution
Ask an independent state demographer to lead on technical work in creating district maps, instead of entrusting political appointees to do all of that work

That would explain a lot.

Previously:

Campaign Finance: we’re not surprised (October 9, 2018)