Campaign Finance: Team Keep It All In The Family – part 2

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Just passing through.

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…
[….]
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.
[….]

Yesterday at the Missouri Ethics Commission for Dan Brown’s (r) campaign committee:

C101063 12/06/2016 DR DAN BROWN FOR SENATE Missouri Hospital Assoc PO BOX 60 Jefferson City MO 65102 12/6/2016 $10,000.00

[emphasis added]

Gee, isn’t he term limited out for the next election cycle? Why, yes he is. Why on Earth would they cut a contribution check?

Today at the Missouri Ethics Commission for Justin Brown’s (r) 2018 campaign for the open seat in the 16th Senate District:

C161200 12/07/2016 TEAM JUSTIN BROWN Dr Dan Brown for Senate PO BOX 934 Rolla MO 65402 12/7/2016 $10,000.00

[emphasis added]

Funny that, it’s the same amount.

Previously:

Campaign Finance: Team Keep It All In The Family (December 6, 2016)

You don’t tug on Superman’s cape, you don’t spit in the wind, you don’t pull the mask of that old Lone Ranger, and you don’t mess around with the State Auditor…

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State Auditor Nicole Galloway (D) [2016 file photo].

State Auditor Nicole Galloway (D) [2016 file photo].

This evening, via Twitter:

nicolegalloway120716

Nicole Galloway, CPA
‏@nicolergalloway
Wrong. Women should, can and have.
[….Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said that mothers should not accept high-powered career opportunities….]
7:06 PM – 7 Dec 2016

My money is on our State Auditor.

Campaign Finance: virtue is its own reward

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Going after organized labor needs a little more help.

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…
[….]
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.
[….]

Today at the Missouri Ethics Commission for Rob Vescovo’s (r) next campaign (for whatever):

C131147 12/07/2016 FRIENDS OF ROB VESCOVO David Humphreys PO Box 4050 Joplin MO 64803 Tamko Building Products 12/7/2016 $100,000.00

[emphasis added]

Why, that’s an instant legislative district campaign right there.

Previously:

HB 126, HB 131, HB 132, HB 133: piling on prevailing wage and organized labor (December 5, 2016)

HB 62: closing the barn door after the hall has been booked, the cake is ordered, and the vows are written…

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Ladies and gentlemen, your republican controlled Missouri General Assembly:

HB 62  
Changes the laws regarding marriage and replaces marriage licenses with contracts of domestic union
Sponsor: Berry, T.J. (038)
Proposed Effective Date: 8/28/2017
LR Number: 0126H.01I
Last Action: 12/01/2016 – Prefiled (H)
Bill String: HB 62
Next Hearing: Hearing not scheduled
Calendar: Bill currently not on a House calendar
[….]

As near as we can tell the bill replaces every reference to marriage in Missouri statutes with “a party to a contract of domestic union”.

It’s going to be a very, very long legislative session.

Will Eric Greitens learn that we reap what we sow?

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Republican Governor-elect Eric Greitens and his wife are modeling good behavior. Sheena Greitens was robbed at gun-point recently. According to a report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, she and her husband are responding to the teenage perpetrators, who were quickly apprehended, in a level-headed and compassionate fashion – although Greitens did feel obligated to do a little macho posturing, proclaiming that he’s glad the police got to the boys “before I did.” It is nevertheless refreshing to hear the Greitens express concern for the parents of the youths involved in the robbery.

The Post-Dispatch article noted that Sheena Greitens will, in the future, be provided with “security from the Missouri Highway Patrol.” The Greitens have also received expressions of concern over their ordeal from the Vice-President -elect, Mike Pence.

All well and good. If I were the victim of a robbery attempt, I would be shaken up as well – anyone would. We all sympathize. Such incidents are, as characterized by Claire McCaskill, “disgusting.”

But from what I read in the paper, they happen with some frequency. And, apart from Sheena Greitens, I haven’t heard of any of the victims getting a Highway Patrol security detail – nor do various national and state dignitaries call to express their concern for the tender sensibilities of uninjured victims.

Here let me remind you that Eric Greitens is the guy who undermined Democratic governor contender Chris Koster’s NRA endorsement with pictures of himself blowing things up with big guns. You know what they say: a picture is worth a thousand words and somehow Greitens managed to outgun the NRA. And we know that it’s all about guns out in the Missouri hinterlands.

But we pay the price for those guns here in St. Louis as well as in Kansas City – as Sheena Greitens found out. Somewhere I read recently (and I can’t relocate the source) where some city official said that guns were as common as candy in in St. Louis and anyone who wanted one could get one. Sadly, we have too much evidence that this contention is true; every day the local crime reports are replete with stories about gun violence.

It even happens in full daylight. In the last few months I-55 seems to have become a midday hunting ground where armed individuals chase down and shoot into the vehicles of their targets – and possibly, as in the mysterious shooting death of pub-owner Patrick McVey, hitting random passers by. Who knows? What we do know is that, as St. Louis police Capt. Mary Warneke told the Post-Dispatch apropos the highway shootings, “we have guns in our community […] I’ll leave it at that.”

And, given the new bills filled for the next session of our state legislature by members of Greitens’ political persuasion, we’re likely to have more guns in our community with even less control. SB656, for instance, would extend the “castle doctrine,” lessen penalties for carrying guns into gun-free zones, and make it easier and cheaper to acquire guns. SB589 would permit guns in colleges and universities, currently gun-free zones. These are just a few examples of the direction our gun-loving legislators want to take us.

It’ll be interesting to see just where Greitens’ compassion takes him when it’s time to really put the pedal to the metal.

Campaign Finance: Team Keep It All In The Family

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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…
[….]
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.
[….]

Today at the Missouri Ethics Commission for Justin Brown’s (r) 2018 campaign for the open seat in the 16th Senate District:

C161200 12/06/2016 TEAM JUSTIN BROWN Dr. Dan Brown for Senate PO BOX 934 Rolla MO 65402 12/5/2016 $200,000.00

[emphasis added]

Just under the wire.

$200,000.00. Team Instant Campaign.

C161200 : Team Justin Brown
Committee Type: Candidate
Party Affiliation: Republican
Po Box 934
Rolla Mo 65402
Established Date: 05/05/2016
[….]
Candidate
Justin Brown
[….]
Treasurer
Danette Sherrell 
Election History
Election Year Primary Outcome General Outcome Political Office 2018
State Senator District 16

[emphasis added]

Wait, the contributing committee has the same address as the receiving committee? Team Save On Postage.

The current Senator in the 16th Senate District, Dan Brown (r), who is term limited out in January 2019:

Senator Dan Brown was sworn into office of the Missouri Senate in January of 2011, representing the 16th Senatorial District of Missouri…
[….]
…They have two children, Danette Sherrell and Justin Brown.

Team The Family Business.

The 2018 candidate’s October quarterly report:

C161200 : Team Justin Brown
Committee Type: Candidate
Party Affiliation: Republican
Po Box 934
Rolla Mo 65402
Established Date:
[….]
Information Reported On: 2016 – October Quarterly Report
Beginning Money on Hand $2,500.00
Monetary Receipts + $0.00
Monetary Expenditures – $1,109.00
Contributions Made – $0.00
Other Disbursements – $23.00
Subtotal ($1,132.00)
Ending Money On Hand $1,368.00

[emphasis added]

Impressive.

Team It Was A Really Slow Start But We’re Cruising Now.

Campaign Finance: really getting on board that last minute large contribution to beat those new limits train

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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…
[….]
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.
[….]

Josh Hawley (r) [2016 file photo].

Josh Hawley (r) [2016 file photo].

Today at the Missouri Ethics Commission for Josh Hawley’s (r) 2020 Attorney General or whatever campaign:

C151132 12/06/2016 HAWLEY FOR MISSOURI Herzog Contracting Corp PO Box 1089 St Joseph MO 64502 12/5/2016 $50,000.00

[emphasis added]

And not a moment too soon.

Previously:

Campaign Finance: loading up under the wire (December 2, 2016)

Campaign Finance: and so it ends or begins before it begins – part 8

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Yep, they’re still lining up to get those big contributions in before limits kick in on December 8th.

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 12/05/2016 GREITENS FOR MISSOURI Burns & McDonnell 9400 Ward Pkwy Kansas City MO 64114 12/2/2016 $15,000.00

C151053 12/05/2016 GREITENS FOR MISSOURI BNSF 2500 Lou Menk Dr. AOB-3 Fort Worth TX 76131 12/2/2016 $10,000.00

C151053 12/05/2016 GREITENS FOR MISSOURI JE Dunn 1001 Locust St. Kansas City MO 64106 12/2/2016 $12,000.00

[emphasis added]

Texas? Really?

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)

Campaign Finance: and so it ends or begins before it begins – part 7 (December 3, 2016)

Still counting – Trump losing the popular vote by 2,654,233. Not even a hint of a “mandate”.

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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) 65,462,476 – Donald Trump (r) 62,808,243 – margin for Hillary + 2,654,233
9:23 PM – 5 Dec 2016

Kellyanne’s concept of a “landslide” remains 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)

Still counting – Trump losing the popular vote by 2,620,649. Still not a “mandate”, and China is still a thing. (December 5, 2016)