Rep. Jason Smith (r): predictable sycophant

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Last Thursday, from Representative Jason Smith (r):

Rep. Jason Smith @RepJasonSmith
Special Counsel Mueller’s report has delivered the final nail in the collusion coffin. Anyone who pushes the false collusion narrative after today is playing into Russian hands to divide our country and cast doubt on our elections. The case is closed; it’s time to move on.
4:54 PM – 18 Apr 2019

Thus spake Nathan Thurm.

Some of the responses:

I guess you didn’t read it.

Now that’s some quality spin right there

Not really. I don’t even think it’s a mediocre lie.

So, nothing to say about a lying Press Secretary, 10 possible obstruction charges, 12 other charges that have been out sourced, or a lying AG?

Trump on appointment of Mueller. “This is the end of my presidency. I’m fucked.” That’s the statement of an innocent man?

I’m still struggling to understand why 140 different contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia doesn’t both you. Why don’t you care that it’s been *proven* that they interfered? Do you love Trump *more* than America?

why all the lying? why hasn’t trump acknowledged the Russian interference and vowed to do something about it? do you suppose it’s because he couldn’t win without it? so many questions

I’m not surprised that you don’t know how to read.

Looks like a clear case of obstruction. Mueller in reports says he “can’t clear the president of obstruction,” and list 10 times he tried to.

Really Jason? Do your eyeballs not connect to your brain? Either you are just blind lying to your followers about the report, or you haven’t even skimmed the report. 10 different impeachable obstruction events are listed – only need 1.

Read the report you half-wit

You should probably take a moment and read it first. Then, you should take a moment to rewrite your stupid tweet.

I need to move to your district just to run against you. Your language alone is a disservice to your constituency.

You apparently didn’t read the report.

The investigation was never looking for “collusion” Bc that’s not a legal term.

But you are excellent at regurgitating talking points that your gullible, Fox-watching supporters are sure to lick up.

You clearly haven’t read it. take the time to soak it in. its just begun, trump is f*cked anyone who pushes the false narrative that it’s over and we must move on is enabling a con man

Move on?

F*ck no.

This is just getting started.

Your boy is an immoral, unpatriotic opportunist.

Really? It established that Russia interfered in our elections for the express purpose of electing Donald Trump. Trump did *nothing* to stop that, in fact, he *encouraged* it. He’s lied repeatedly to the American people. And you’re still his bitch, instead MOO8s.

Reading is fundamental.

Attorney General Eric Schmitt (r): April Campaign Finance Report – 2019

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The April quarterly campaign finance reports are due at the Missouri Ethics Commission.

[We don’t have any file photos of Eric Schmitt (r), but then, we don’t run into him out in public in this neck of the woods.]

C071320: Schmitt For Missouri
Committee Type: Candidate
Po Box 220722
Kirkwood Mo 63122
Party Affiliation: Republican
Established Date: 10/12/2007
[….]
Information Reported On: 2019 – April Quarterly Report
Beginning Money on Hand $427,831.13
Monetary Receipts + $82,626.70
Monetary Expenditures – $82,682.99
Contributions Made – $0.00
Other Disbursements – $11,801.65
Subtotal ($11,857.94)
Ending Money On Hand $415,973.19

[emphasis added]

Let’s take a look at the contributions:

So, no spontaneous small dollar grassroots contributions?

Some detail: there was one $50.00 contribution, a couple of $100.00 contributions, and a whole bunch of $2,600.00 contributions. With $88,939.83 in itemized contributions from 87 itemized contributors the average contribution this quarter was $1.022.30.

Well, isn’t that special, if not particularly grassrootsie?

And the expenditures?:

Media analysis, consulting, photography, research (polling), fundraising, more consulting.

Heh.

Previously:

Elad Gross (D): April Campaign Finance Report – 2019 (April 20, 2019)

Elad Gross (D): April Campaign Finance Report – 2019

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The April quarterly campaign finance reports are due at the Missouri Ethics Commission. Elad Gross (D) is a 2020 candidate for Attorney General.

Elad Gross (D) [2019 file photo].

C180694: Elad Gross For Missouri
Committee Type: Candidate
Po Box 21666
St Louis Mo 63109
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Established Date: 11/12/2018
[….]
Information Reported On: 2019 – April Quarterly Report
Beginning Money on Hand $10,178.64
Monetary Receipts + $8,588.21
Monetary Expenditures – $4,836.02
Contributions Made – $0.00
Other Disbursements – $0.00
Subtotal $3,752.19
Ending Money On Hand $13,930.83

[emphasis added]

Well, okay. Then you look at the details. During the fundraising quarter there were 207 itemized contributions (and $52.00 in anonymous contribution(s)) for a total of $9,081.21. There were a couple of $500.00 contributions and a few ranging from $100.00 to $300.00. There were a lot of $5.00 and slightly larger contributions. The average?: $43.87

What do the campaign spend all that money on? Video production. And gas.

That’s such a novel idea. Drive around Missouri and talk to voters to make your case.

Previously:

Elad Gross (D) in Sedalia – April 7, 2019 (April 7, 2019)

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): that didn’t go over very well

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Vicky Hartzler (r) [2018 file photo]

On Tuesday, via Twitter:

Rep. Vicky Hartzler @RepHartzler
It’s here: #TaxDay! Thankfully, the new Tax Law we passed grew paychecks throughout the year & doubled the child tax credit. Reminder: your tax refund may be slightly smaller than in previous years, because the new law let you keep more of your paycheck throughout the year!
[….]
8:00 AM – 15 Apr 2019

Apparently there aren’t a lot of billionaires who reside in the 4th Congressional District. Some of the responses:

Funny that Vicki feels the need to highlight where constituents might have experienced tax savings, because the savings were so minimal that taxpayers may not have noticed.

Meanwhile, her billionaire donor class had no difficulty locating their windfalls.

If that.

The best way to ensure the people of #MO04 have more money in the bank?

Pay them more for their hard work.

Your constituents voted 2:1 to increase the minimum wage in Missouri. That should be notice that you need to work to increase the federal minimum wage as well.

“Slightly smaller” is the understatement of the century. Way to hit the middle-class in the pocketbook and call it a tax break.

Right. #GOPTaxScam. You don’t need to remind corporate Their tax break is obvious.

I’m sure to millionaires like yourself it’s fantastic. To the rest of us it’s barely noticeable and depressing to watch our national debt skyrocket, but I guess as long as you get yours (TT)¯\_(ツ)_/¯

You forgot: **but remember there is no longer a deduction for children and the tax credit ends when they’re 17 so those of you with college age kids are screwed!

Ha! Ha! No change to my pay check AND I paid more in taxes. You are the BEST!

The new tax law passed by Vicki Hartzler also pushed the Federal deficit to nearly $1 TRILLION (during a healthy economy) and GDP remained below 3% for the year.

Where have all of the Tea Party types gone? NO principles!

Barack Obama inherited a TRILLION DOLLAR deficit and an economy shedding 700k jobs per month and “conservatives” bemoaned Obama for years as deficits were cut by 60%.

Trump inherited a solid economy and immediately balloons the deficit and *CRICKETS*
#unprincipled

Let me keep more, that I had to pay back?

This is a joke, right? You honestly think the majority of your constituents are owners of major multi-national corporations? Because looking around at my neighbors, I’m not seeing it.

Oh yes, with the extra $$$ in the take home pay, I was able to upgrade the quality of the toliet paper we use. So take your tax wealth reform and use it to wipe you a$$.

Stop misleading people Vicky. You had to double the child tax credit because you completely eliminated the personal exemptions. The big story here is you expanded the child credit from ~100k max to ~400k max so those poor unfortunate 400k earners will get a hugely fat return.

I paid out thousands more for your bullshit @GOP tax scam so a bunch of rich corporations could buy back more stock. Thanks for nothing you worthless POS.

They appear to be a bit testy.

Senator Scott Sifton (D): April Campaign Finance Report – 2019

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The April quarterly campaign finance reports are due at the Missouri Ethics Commission:

Senator Scott Sifton (D) [2018 file photo].

C091061: Scott Sifton For Missouri
Committee Type: Candidate
Po Box 4396
St Louis Mo 63123
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Established Date: 02/19/2009
[….]
Information Reported On: 2019 – April Quarterly Report
Beginning Money on Hand $317,989.66
Monetary Receipts + $37,221.68
Monetary Expenditures – $41,749.64
Contributions Made – $0.00
Other Disbursements – $350.23
Subtotal ($4,878.19)
Ending Money On Hand $313,111.47

[emphasis added]

Well, okay, that’s a lot of money for a state senator who is term limiting out.

And then there’s this:

C180701: Show Me Leadership Pac
Committee Type: Political Action
Po Box 29167
St Louis Mo 63126
Established Date: 11/17/2018
[….]
Information Reported On: 2019 – April Quarterly Report
Beginning Money on Hand $100.00
Monetary Receipts + $4,600.00
Monetary Expenditures – $0.00
Contributions Made – $0.00
Other Disbursements – $0.00
Subtotal $4,600.00
Ending Money On Hand $4,700.00

Only $4,700.00. Definitely not a republican PAC.

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The “[expletive deleted]” of the early 21st century.

This afternoon:

Indivisible demands full transparency and accountability after Mueller report
04/18/2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 18, 2019
Contact: Emily Phelps | press@indivisible.org
Washington, DC — The Indivisible Project’s national policy director Angel Padilla released the following statement in response to the release of the redacted Mueller report:

Congress must….investigate.

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#ConsciousnessOfGuilt

Bad combover. Check. Too long red tie. Check. Orange spray tan. Check. Tiny hands. Check. Cluelessness. Check…

Governor Mike Parson (r): April Campaign Finance Report – 2019

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The April quarterly campaign finance reports are due at the Missouri Ethics Commission:

Governor Mike Parson (r) [2018 file photo].

C091129: Parson For Missouri
Committee Type: Candidate
Po Box 1004
Bolivar Mo 65613
Party Affiliation: Republican
Established Date: 06/15/2009
[….]
Information Reported On: 2019 – April Quarterly Report
Beginning Money on Hand $935,597.65
Monetary Receipts + $198,931.69
Monetary Expenditures – $45,097.93
Contributions Made – $1,250.00
Other Disbursements – $6,747.59
Subtotal $145,836.17
Ending Money On Hand $1,081,433.82

[emphasis added]

$198,931.69 in one quarter for a sitting governor? Meh.

A private residence fundraising event on February 15th in Poplar Bluff that raised $58,100.00, a private residence fundraising event in Springfield on March 16th that raised $19,750.00, a fundraising event at the St. Louis Club on March 20th that raised $16,000.00, and a private residence fundraising event in Cape Girardeau on March 22nd that raised $47,236.00.

It’s like no one is mailing it in.

One of the expenditures:

MISSOURI ETHICS COMMISSION
ITEMIZED EXPENDITURES OVER $100
SUPPLEMENTAL FORM
Parson For Missouri 4/14/2019

MVI Air LLC 4200 Somerset Dr Prairie Village KS 66208 1/22/2019 Flights $14,900.00

[emphasis added]

Well, okay. Someone gets around.

And, of course, there’s a PAC which supposedly exists to prop up Governor Parson (r):

C180490: Uniting Missouri Pac
Committee Type: Political Action
Po Box 444
Farmington Mo 63640
Established Date: 06/29/2018
[….]
Information Reported On: 2019 – April Quarterly Report
Beginning Money on Hand $2,044,233.48
Monetary Receipts + $354,154.10
Monetary Expenditures – $88,526.29
Contributions Made – $10,000.00
Other Disbursements – $5,000.00
Subtotal $250,627.81
Ending Money On Hand $2,294,861.29

[emphasis added]

Well, isn’t that special?

And not particularly grassrootsie:

MISSOURI ETHICS COMMISSION
CONTRIBUTIONS AND LOANS RECEIVED
Uniting Missouri PAC 4/15/2019

12. TOTAL ANONYMOUS CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED FROM PERSON GIVING $25 OR LESS $0.00
13. TOTAL MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED FROM PERSONS GIVING $100 OR LESS $0.00
14. TOTAL IN-KIND CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED FROM PERSONS (NOT COMMITTEES) GIVING $100 OR LESS $0.00

It must be a really special PAC. And how did this PAC spend some of its money?:

MISSOURI ETHICS COMMISSION
EXPENDITURES AND CONTRIBUTIONS MADE
Uniting Missouri PAC 4/15/2019

C. Contributions Made (Regardless of Amount)
20. Name and Address of Candidate or Committee Name: 21. Date 22. Amount

TATE FOR GOVENOR PO BOX 24355 JACKSON MS 39225 2/6/2019 $10,000.00

[emphasis added]

Well, Mississippi. Maybe that’s how they spell things in Mississippi. It’d be fun to go check the campaign finance reports in Mississippi and wonder at the contribution from “Uniting Missouri PAC”. Heh.

There are plenty of expenditures for fundraising and consulting. And:

MISSOURI ETHICS COMMISSION
ITEMIZED EXPENDITURES OVER $100 SUPPLEMENTAL FORM
Uniting Missouri PAC 4/15/2019

VICTORY ENTERPRISES 5200 30TH STREET SW DAVENPORT IA 52802 3/25/2019 SOCIAL MEDIA ADVERTISING $25,000.00

[emphasis added]

We swear, it wasn’t us.