Campaign Finance: round numbers, or not

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Bev Randles (r) [August 2015 file photo].

Bev Randles (r) [August 2015 file photo].

Today at the Missouri Ethics Commission for Bev Randles’ (r) 2016 Lieutenant Governor primary campaign, from two Rex Sinquefield supported PACs:

C141581 07/27/2016 MISSOURIANS FOR RANDLES Grow Missouri 308 E High St. Suite 301 Jefferson City MO 65010 7/26/2016 $100,000.00

C141581 07/27/2016 MISSOURIANS FOR RANDLES Missouri Club for Growth PAC PO Box 669 Grover MO 63040 7/26/2016 $107,901.60

That’s a total of $2,449,751.60 for Bev Randles’ (r) campaign from Rex Sinquefield and Rex Sinquefield supported PACs.

Previously:

Campaign Finance: Oh, hell, just buy the state already (December 8, 2014)

Campaign Finance: you can just feel all that grass roots momentum (June 2, 2016)

Campaign Finance: not exactly grass roots (June 25, 2016)

Campaign Finance: now we know (July 8, 2016)

Bev Randles (r) – Lieutenant Governor – July 2016 campaign finance report (July 20, 2016)

Campaign Finance: because he can

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Money will do that.

Today at the Missouri Ethics Commission for Kurt Schaefer’s (r) 2016 Attorney General primary campaign, from a couple of Rex Sinquefield supported PACs:

C081145 07/27/2016 CITIZENS TO ELECT KURT SCHAEFER ATTORNEY GENERAL Grow Missouri 308 E High St., Suite 301 Jefferson City MO 65101 7/26/2016 $100,000.00

C081145 07/27/2016 CITIZENS TO ELECT KURT SCHAEFER ATTORNEY GENERAL Great St Louis 308 E High St., Suite 301 Jefferson City MO 65101 7/26/2016 $500,000.00

[emphasis added]

That makes a total of $3,648,421.29 in contributions to Kurt Schaefer’s (r) campaign to date from Rex Sinquefield or PACs funded by Rex Sinquefield. Must be nice.

Previously:

Campaign Finance: any way you count it (July 3, 2016)

Campaign Finance: escalation – part 2 (July 8, 2016)

Campaign Finance: What does $3,048,421.29 get you? (July 25, 2016)

Governor – July 25, 2016 – 8 Day Before Primary Election campaign finance reports

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The 8 Day Before Primary Election-8/2/2016 campaign finance reports were due at the Missouri Ethics Commission on July 25th:

For Chris Koster (D):

C031159: Koster For Missouri
Committee Type: Candidate
Po Box 440173 Party Affiliation: Democrat
St Louis Mo 63144 Established Date: 08/12/2003
[….]
Information Reported On: 2016 – 8 Day Before Primary Election-8/2/2016
Beginning Money on Hand $10,193,195.38
Monetary Receipts + $1,172,722.00
Monetary Expenditures – $485,802.66
Contributions Made – $0.00
Other Disbursements – $0.00
Subtotal $686,919.34
Ending Money On Hand $10,880,114.72

[emphasis added]

$10,880,114.72 on hand. Again, yes, but the eventual republican nominee will have all the money they need.

For Eric Greitens (r)

C151053: Greitens For Missouri
Committee Type: Candidate
4579 Laclede Ave #138 Party Affiliation: Republican
St Louis Mo 63108 Established Date: 02/24/2015
[….]
Information Reported On: 2016 – 8 Day Before Primary Election-8/2/2016
Beginning Money on Hand $2,217,887.93
Monetary Receipts + $2,468,444.00
Monetary Expenditures – $4,026,452.97
Contributions Made – $0.00
Other Disbursements – $31,640.85
Subtotal ($1,589,649.82)
Ending Money On Hand $628,238.11

[emphasis added]

Well, it is a contested primary and you have to act like there is no tomorrow after August 2nd.

For Catherine Hanaway (r):

C141055: Hanaway For Governor, Inc
Committee Type: Candidate
7509 Nw Tiffany Springs Parkway Suite 300 Party Affiliation: Republican
Kansas City Mo 64153 Established Date: 02/14/2014
[….]
Information Reported On: 2016 – 8 Day Before Primary Election-8/2/2016
Beginning Money on Hand $1,358,682.84
Monetary Receipts + $1,257,715.33
Monetary Expenditures – $1,890,252.72
Contributions Made – $0.00
Other Disbursements – $30,099.06
Subtotal ($662,636.45)
Ending Money On Hand $696,046.39

[emphasis added]

Yep, you have to act like there is no tomorrow after August 2nd.

For John Brunner (r):

C151077: Missourians For John Brunner
Committee Type: Candidate
Po Box 144 Party Affiliation: Republican
Jefferson City Mo 65102 Established Date: 04/02/2015
[….]
Information Reported On: 2016 – 8 Day Before Primary Election-8/2/2016
Beginning Money on Hand $1,933,321.61
Monetary Receipts + $1,100,661.69
Monetary Expenditures – $2,904,150.16
Contributions Made – $0.00
Other Disbursements – $54,089.62
Subtotal ($1,857,578.09)
Ending Money On Hand $75,743.52

[emphasis added]

That’s probably enough left over for the weekend.

For Peter Kinder (r):

C151161: Missourians For Peter Kinder
Committee Type: Candidate
Po Box 712 Party Affiliation: Republican
Jefferson City Mo 65102 Established Date: 08/25/2015
[….]
Information Reported On: 2016 – 8 Day Before Primary Election-8/2/2016
Beginning Money on Hand $628,726.39
Monetary Receipts + $1,106,966.00
Monetary Expenditures – $1,468,843.26
Contributions Made – $0.00
Other Disbursements – $11,210.25
Subtotal ($373,087.51)
Ending Money On Hand $255,638.88

[emphasis added]

Oh, that’s definitely enough for the weekend.

Previously:

Governor – July 2016 campaign finance reports (July 17, 2016)

Campaign Finance: Oh, so now it’s all about round numbers

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Today at the Missouri Ethics Commission for Catherine Hanaway’s (r) 2016 gubernatorial campaign, from a Rex Sinquefield funded PAC:

C141055 07/26/2016 HANAWAY FOR GOVERNOR, INC Grow Missouri 308 E High Street Suite 301 Jefferson City MO 65101 7/26/2016 $250,000.00

[emphasis added]

That would make a total of $4,481,520.00 in contributions to Catherine Hanaway’s (r) campaign from Rex Sinquefield or Rex Sinquefield supported PACs.

Previously:

Campaign Finance: not to be outdone (July 22, 2016)

Campaign Finance: What does $3,048,421.29 get you?

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Today at the Missouri Ethics Committee for Kurt Schaefer’s (r) 2016 campaign for Attorney General from a Rex Sinquefield supported PAC:

C081145 07/25/2016 CITIZENS TO ELECT KURT SCHAEFER ATTORNEY GENERAL Great St Louis 308 E High St., Suite 301 Jefferson City MO 65101 7/23/2016 $301,529.33

[emphasis added]

So, what else is new?

That makes a total of $3,048,421.29 in contributions to Kurt Schaefer’s (r) campaign to date from Rex Sinquefield or PACs funded by Rex Sinquefield.

Previously:

Campaign Finance: any way you count it (July 3, 2016)

Campaign Finance: escalation – part 2 (July 8, 2016)

Campaign Finance: old school fundraising

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Raising $1,000,000.00 the old fashioned way, $10,000.00 at a time.

Someone got the t-shirt [August 2015 file photo].

Someone got the t-shirt [August 2015 file photo].

Yesterday at the Missouri Ethics Commission for Mike Parson’s (r) 2016 campaign for Lieutenant Governor:

C091129 07/24/2016 PARSON FOR MISSOURI Drury Development Corporation 721 Emerson Rd St Louis MO 63141 7/23/2016 $10,000.00

C091129 07/24/2016 PARSON FOR MISSOURI Romine for Senate 322 E Karsch Farmington MO 63640 7/23/2016 $10,000.00

[emphasis added]

Its not like the campaign doesn’t have sufficient funds:

C091129: Parson For Missouri
Committee Type: Candidate
Po Box 1004 Party Affiliation: Republican
Bolivar Mo 65613 Established Date: 06/15/2009
[….]
Information Reported On: 2016 – July Quarterly Report
Beginning Money on Hand $1,071,569.71
Monetary Receipts + $202,086.26
Monetary Expenditures – $467,347.73
Contributions Made – $1,965.00
Other Disbursements – $9,959.23
Subtotal ($277,185.70)
Ending Money On Hand $794,384.01

[emphasis added]

It’s not like we were feeling sorry for the candidate and his campaign.

Previously:

April 2016 – candidate campaign finance reports – Lieutenant Governor (April 17, 2016)

Campaign Finance: it’s all relative

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It’s still a lot. Yesterday at the Missouri Ethics Commission for Josh Hawley’s (r) 2016 campaign for Attorney General:

C151132 07/23/2016 HAWLEY FOR MISSOURI David Humphreys PO Box 4050 Joplin MO 64803 Tamko Building Products Executive 7/21/2016 $250,000.00

C151132 07/23/2016 HAWLEY FOR MISSOURI Herzog Contracting Corp PO Box 1089 St Joseph MO 64502 7/22/2016 $100,000.00

C151132 07/23/2016 HAWLEY FOR MISSOURI Charles Wall 777 Castle Creek Drive Aspen CO 81611 Retired Retired 7/22/2016 $20,000.00

[emphasis added]

Because $1,000,000.00 from one person isn’t enough. It should be more than that. Apparently.

It’s obscene.

Previously:

Campaign Finance: escalation (July 7, 2016)

Campaign Finance: escalation – part 2 (July 8, 2016)

Kurt U. Schaefer (r) thinks your stoopit (July 9, 2016)

Campaign Finance: San Francisco! (July 13, 2016)

Campaign Finance: mean people are paying a lot of money to be mean to John Brunner (r)

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Since July 15th has passed we thought we’d take a look at the Federal Election Commission campaign finance report of LG PAC, the political action committee which started running television ads attacking republican gubernatorial candidate John Brunner in June. The LG PAC July quarterly report filed with the FEC covers the period from April 1st to June 30th.

FEC FORM 3X
REPORT OF RECEIPTS AND DISBURSEMENTS
For Other Than An Authorized Committee
FILING FEC-1086703
1. LG PAC
520 WEST 103RD STREET
SUITE 243
KANSAS CITY, Missouri 64114
2. FEC Committee ID #: C00617340
3. This committee has NOT qualified as a multicandidate committee (see FEC Form 1M)
4. Report Type = JUL QUARTERLY
Filed: 07/15/2016
5. Covering Period 04/01/2016 Through 06/30/2016
Column A
This Period
Column B
Year To Date
6. (a) Cash on hand, January 1, 2016
0.00
(b) Cash on hand at Beginning of Reporting Period 0.00
(c) Total Receipts (from line 19) 2300004.00 2300004.00
(d) Subtotal (6(b) + 6(c) for A, 6(a) + 6(c) for B) 2300004.00 2300004.00
7. Total Disbursements 2221046.70 2221046.70
8. Cash on Hand at Close of Reporting Period 78957.30 78957.30
9. Debts and Obligations Owed TO the Committee 0.00
Itemize all on SCHEDULE C or SCHEDULE D
10. Debts and Obligations Owed BY the Committee 0.00
Itemize all on SCHEDULE C or SCHEDULE D
Treasurer: Richard Monsees
Date Signed: 07/15/2016

[emphasis added]

That’s $2,300,004.00 in contributions and $2,221,046.70 in expenditures.

And where did the money come from?:

SCHEDULE A
ITEMIZED RECEIPTS
All Listed Line Numbers
[….]
Freedom Frontier P.O. Box 341016
Austin, Texas 78734
06/01/2016 1500000.00 1500000.00

Freedom Frontier P.O. Box 341016
Austin, Texas 78734
06/22/2016 300000.00 1800000.00

Freedom Frontier P.O. Box 341016
Austin, Texas 78734
06/29/2016 500000.00 2300000.00

So, that’s three different contributions of $1,500,000.00, $300,000.00, and $500,000.00 from the same entity over a period of four weeks. Note the address: P.O. Box 341016 Austin, Texas 78734

And how was all that money spent?:

SCHEDULE B
ITEMIZED DISBURSEMENTS
All Listed Line Numbers
Committee: LG PAC
[….]
Clark Hill PLC 601 Pennsylvania Ave NW Suite 1000 N. Bldg
Washington, DC 20004
06/30/2016 Legal fees 6311.50

Main Street Media Group P.O. Box 25093
Alexandria, Virginia 22313
06/02/2016 Media Buy 964964.00

Main Street Media Group P.O. Box 25093
Alexandria, Virginia 22313
06/15/2016 Media Buy 375552.50

Main Street Media Group P.O. Box 25093
Alexandria, Virginia 22313
06/23/2016 Media Buy 414681.50

Main Street Media Group P.O. Box 25093
Alexandria, Virginia 22313
06/30/2016 Media Buy 459336.50

That’s a lot of “media”.

We looked for Freedom Frontier at the Federal Election Commission and came up with Freedom Frontier Action Network, which interestingly, has a Custodian of Records/Designated Agent with the very same address as Freedom Frontier:

FEC FORM 1
STATEMENT OF ORGANIZATION
FILING FEC-1041757
1. FREEDOM FRONTIER ACTION NETWORK
4790 CAUGHLIN PARKWAY #767
RENO, NV 89519
Email: so@gobergroup.com
NOTE: Email address is different than previously reported
2. Date: 01/07/2016
3. FEC Committee ID #: C00496372
This committee supports/opposes more than one Federal candidate and is NOT a separate segregated fund or a party committee.
Affiliated Committees/Organizations
NONE
Custodian of Records:
Shannon O’Leary
PO Box 341016
Austin, TX 78734

Title: Assistant Treasurer

Treasurer:
Scott Bensing
4790 Caughlin Parkway
#757
Reno, Nevada 89519
Title: Treasurer
Phone # (775) 771-4724

Designated Agent(s):
Shannon O’Leary
PO Box 341016
Austin, Texas 78734

Title: Assistant Treasurer

Banks or Depositories
Wells Fargo
420 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, California 94104

Signed: Scott Bensing
Date Signed: 01/23/2016

[emphasis added]

Very interesting.

On January 25, 2016 the Federal Election Commission accepted [pdf] the termination of Freedom Frontier Action Network’s involvement with federal elections (and hence, their need to file disclosure reports with the FEC).

We’ve looked for a Freedom Frontier PAC in Missouri, Texas, and Nevada. It could be our poor search skills, but we couldn’t find anything in those systems.

So, as it stands, someone or many people are possibly spending $2,300,000.00 to be really mean to John Brunner (r). And we still don’t know who is behind it.

Previously:

PAC people are being mean to John Brunner (r) (June 4, 2016)

PAC people are being mean to John Brunner (r) – part 2 (June 5, 2016)

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