Campaign Finance: bad money after bad

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Today at the Missouri Ethics Commission for one of the entities promoting the anti-union “right to get paid less” initiative on the August 7th ballot:

C180291 07/17/2018 Missourians For Freedom To Work Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry 428 East Capitol Jefferson City MO 65102 7/16/2018 $100,000.00

[emphasis added]

Missouri “Chamber of Commerce.” Who would have thought?

Previously:

Campaign Finance: they left off the last part (May 19, 2018)

Campaign Finance: Why are we not surprised? (May 31, 2018)

Campaign Finance: advocating for your right to get paid less (June 15, 2018)

Campaign Finance: because working people hold a disproportionate share of America’s wealth (June 21, 2018)

Campaign Finance: no surprises here (July 13, 2018)

Campaign Finance: They Sing, the Collective Electric!

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Today at the Missouri Ethics Commission on behalf of the working people opposed to the anti-union “right to get paid less” initiative on the August 7th ballot:

C171127 07/17/2018 We Are Missouri IBEW PAC Voluntary Fund 900 Seventh St NW Washington DC 20001 7/15/2018 $110,000.00

C171127 07/17/2018 We Are Missouri IBEW PAC Voluntary Fund 900 Seventh St NW Washington DC 20001 7/15/2018 $190,000.00

[emphasis added]

Zap!

Previously:

A script, in one short act (June 29, 2018)

Vote “No” on Proposition A rally – Kansas City – July 10, 2018 (July 10, 2018)

Campaign Finance: less than four weeks to go (July 11, 2018)

Eric Greitens (r) – quarterly campaign finance report – July 2018

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Eric Greitens (r) [2016 file photo].

Quarterly campaign finance reports were due in at 5:00 p.m. today at the Missouri Ethics Commission. Former Governor (yes, he resigned) Eric Greitens (r) had a campaign committee with a balance of several million dollars. The committee still has a substantial balance, but it did spend a lot of money this past quarter. The summary:

C151053: Greitens For Missouri
Committee Type: Candidate
Po Box 144
Jefferson City Mo 65102
Party Affiliation: Republican
Established Date: 02/24/2015
[….]
Information Reported On: 2018 – July Quarterly Report
Beginning Money on Hand $2,512,422.15
Monetary Receipts + $2,330,030.96
Monetary Expenditures – $1,362,637.00
Contributions Made – $700.00
Other Disbursements – $2,331,352.88
Subtotal ($1,364,658.92)
Ending Money On Hand $1,147,763.23

Let’s look at some of the expenditures:

MISSOURI ETHICS COMMISSION
ITEMIZED EXPENDITURES OVER $100 SUPPLEMENTAL FORM
7/16/2018 Greitens For Missouri

Victory Phones 190 Monroe Ave NW 5th Floor Grand Rapids MI 49503 4/7/2018 Statewide Survey $3,250.00
Something Else Strategies 212 Golden Willow Court Easley SC 29642 4/7/2018 Media Production $6,740.00
Bask Digital Media 225 Broadway Suite 420 San Diego CA 92101 4/11/2018 Digital Media Services $20,000.00

Chalmers Burch & Adams LLC 5805 State Bridge Road #G77 Johns Creek GA 30097 4/18/2018 Legal fees $13,892.50
Bask Digital Media 225 Broadway Suite 420 San Diego CA 92101 4/18/2018 Digital Media Services $15,000.00
Graves Garrett LLC 1100 Main Street Suite 2700 Kansas City MO 64105 4/26/2018 Legal fees $12,374.95
Husch Blackwell LLP 235 E High Street PO Box 1251 Jefferson City MO 65101 4/26/2018 Legal fees $27,685.70

Jimmy Soni 397 Degraw St Brooklyn NY 11231 5/2/2018 Communications Services $30,000.00
Something Else Strategies 212 Golden Willow Court Easley SC 29642 5/10/2018 Media Production $12,790.00
Chalmers Burch & Adams LLC 5805 State Bridge Road #G77 Johns Creek GA 30097 5/15/2018 Legal fees $10,991.13
Bask Digital Media 225 Broadway Suite 420 San Diego CA 92101 5/22/2018 Digital Media Services $75,000.00

Target Enterprises 15260 Ventura Blvd Suite 1240 Sherman Oaks CA 91403 5/22/2018 Advertising $509,431.50
Something Else Strategies 212 Golden Willow Court Easley SC 29642 5/25/2018 Media Production $5,215.00
Husch Blackwell LLP 235 E High Street PO Box 1251 Jefferson City MO 65101 5/25/2018 Legal fees $46,199.20
Jimmy Soni 397 Degraw St Brooklyn NY 11231 5/31/2018 Communications Services $10,000.00

Something Else Strategies 212 Golden Willow Court Easley SC 29642 6/15/2018 Media Production $13,615.00
Chalmers Burch & Adams LLC 5805 State Bridge Road #G77 Johns Creek GA 30097 6/15/2018 Legal fees $21,850.00
Husch Blackwell LLP 235 E High Street PO Box 1251 Jefferson City MO 65101 6/15/2018 Legal fees $477,392.94
Jimmy Soni 397 Degraw St Brooklyn NY 11231 6/20/2018 Communications Services $8,000.00
Jimmy Soni 397 Degraw St Brooklyn NY 11231 6/30/2018 Communications Services $10,000.00

There you have it, Eric Greitens’ (r) career in politics in a nutshell – public relations, advertising, and legal fees.

Thus endeth the lesson.

Previously:

Oh, my. (January 11, 2018)

Oh, my – part 2 (January 11, 2018)

Oh, my – part 3 (January 11, 2018)

אַ שאַנדע פֿאַר די גוים and *IOKIYAR (January 11, 2018)

Oh, my – part 4 (January 11, 2018)

Oh, my – part 5 (January 11, 2018)

Oh, my – part 6 (January 12, 2018)

Sen. Denny Hoskins (r): not exactly a ringing endorsement (January 12, 2018)

Gov. Eric Greitens (r): piping (January 16, 2018)

Oh, my – part 7 (January 16, 2018)

Waiting… (January 19, 2018)

Oh, my – part 8 (January 29, 2018)

The unanswered question (February 8, 2018)

RSMo § 565.252 (February 22, 2018)

Well, you were the one who used a blindfold and tape. (February 22, 2018)

Well, he was the one who used a blindfold and tape. (February 23, 2018)

A few words of advice (February 26, 2018)

Eric Greitens (r) and the House – pass the popcorn (March 6, 2018)

Oh, my – part 9 (March 6, 2018)

“That’s not how you spell bare.” (March 7, 2018)

It’s their world, the rest of us only get to live in it (April 8, 2018)

The popcorn is ready (April 10, 2018)

The Report (April 11, 2018)

Call it what it is (April 11, 2018)

Go away, asshole. (April 12, 2018)

Sen. Denny Hoskins (r-21): impeach Greitens (April 13, 2018)

Getting ironical about Greitens (April 13, 2018)

Standing ovation (April 14, 2018)

Quid pro quo (April 16, 2018)

It’s a fine mess he’s gotten himself into… (April 17, 2018)

Really, just go away… (April 17, 2018)

HR 6783: Impeachment (April 18, 2018)

Unhinged (April 19, 2018)

Really unhinged (April 19, 2019)

Seriously, just go away already… (April 20, 2018)

He doth protest too much, methinks… (April 20, 2018)

No, Chuck Raasch, nobody’s giving Eric Greitens’ scandals short shrift (April 22, 2018)

Does somebody want to tell them? (April 25, 2018)

Our life on the “D List” (April 30, 2018)

The Report – supplement (May 1, 2018)

HR 7432: Impeachment (May 1, 2018)

The second report (May 2, 2018)

Rep. Gina Mitten (D): shining a light in the dark money campaign finance neighborhood (May 2, 2018)

The process begins (May 4, 2018)

The Petition for a Special Session of the General Assembly to consider “disciplinary actions against Governor Eric R. Greitens” (May 4, 2018)

Campaign Finance: in the news (May 6, 2018)

Oxford coma (May 7, 2018)

A definition (May 13, 2018)

Felony invasion of privacy case against Eric Greitens (r) dropped (May 14, 2018)

“So far, so good…” (May 14, 2018)

Jean Peters Baker appointed as special prosecutor in Greitens (r) case (May 21, 2018)

Missouri House Special Investigative Committee on Oversight – transcript of witness deposition – cross examination (May 23, 2018)

Missouri House Special Investigative Committee on Oversight – transcript of witness deposition – on Koster and Greitens (May 22, 2018)

HR 2: Special Investigative Committee on Oversight – the process for impeachment (May 22, 2018)

Missouri House Special Investigative Committee on Oversight – Scott Faughn (May 23, 2018)

Missouri House Special Investigative Committee on Oversight – not going to allow “cherry picking” (May 25, 2018)

Missouri House Special Investigative Committee on Oversight – Michael Hafner (May 29, 2018)

Eric Greitens (r) resigns as Governor of Missouri (May 29, 2018)

State Auditor Nicole Galloway (D) on the resignation of Eric Greitens (r) as Governor of Missouri (May 29, 2018)

Senator Jill Schupp (D) on the resignation of Eric Greitens (r) as Governor of Missouri (May 29, 2018)

Statement by Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker on the resignation of Eric Greitens (r) as Governor of Missouri (May 29, 2018)

Representative Stacey Newman (D) on the resignation of Eric Greitens (r) as Governor of Missouri (May 29, 2018)

State Auditor Nicole Galloway (D): about those legal bills for Eric Greitens (r) submitted to the state… (June 9, 2018)

Today was not a good day to be a stooge or useful idiot for Vladimir Putin

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When it rains it pours.

Department of Justice
Office of Public Affairs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, July 16, 2018

Russian National Charged in Conspiracy to Act as an Agent of the Russian Federation Within the United States

A criminal complaint was unsealed today in the District of Columbia charging a Russian national with conspiracy to act as an agent of the Russian Federation within the United States without prior notification to the Attorney General.
The announcement was made by Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Jessie K. Liu, and Nancy McNamara, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office.
Maria Butina, 29, a Russian citizen residing in Washington D.C., was arrested on July 15, 2018, in Washington, D.C., and made her initial appearance this afternoon before Magistrate Judge Deborah A. Robinson in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. She was ordered held pending a hearing set for July 18, 2018.
According to the affidavit in support of the complaint, from as early as 2015 and continuing through at least February 2017, Butina worked at the direction of a high-level official in the Russian government who was previously a member of the legislature of the Russian Federation and later became a top official at the Russian Central Bank. This Russian official was sanctioned by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control in April 2018.
The court filings detail the Russian official’s and Butina’s efforts for Butina to act as an agent of Russia inside the United States by developing relationships with U.S. persons and infiltrating organizations having influence in American politics, for the purpose of advancing the interests of the Russian Federation. The filings also describe certain actions taken by Butina to further this effort during multiple visits from Russia and, later, when she entered and resided in the United States on a student visa. The filings allege that she undertook her activities without officially disclosing the fact that she was acting as an agent of Russian government, as required by law.
The charges in criminal complaints are merely allegations and every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The maximum penalty for conspiracy is five years. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes. If convicted of any offense, a defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court based on the advisory U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
The investigation into this matter was conducted by the FBI’s Washington Field Office. The case is being prosecuted by the National Security Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the National Security Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

There’s some very interesting stuff in the affidavit:

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7. U.S. Person 1 is a United States citizen and an American political operative. BUTINA established contact with U.S. Person 1 in Moscow in or around 2013. U.S. person 1 worked with Butina to jointly arrange introductions to U.S. persons having influence in American politics, including an organization promoting gun rights (hereinafter “GUN RIGHTS ORGANIZATION”), for the purpose of advancing the agenda of the Russian Federation.
[….]

I can’t wait for the explanation from the “gun rights organization”.

Pass the popcorn.

Where’s Roy, Annie, Vicky and the rest of Missouri’s Washington GOP gang?

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Today Donald Trump kissed up to Putin and sold out the United States. His performance was so horrifying that a former CIA director, John Brennan, characterized it as exceeding “the threshold of high crimes & misdemeanors. It was nothing short of treasonous.” Former National Intelligence Director James Clapper added that, “on the world’s stage, in front of the entire globe, the President of the United States essentially capitulated and seems intimidated by Vladimir Putin. So it was amazing and very, very disturbing.”

All of which tends to confirm what we’ve all known all along: our president owes Putin big-time and is running scared as the extent of the debt is close to being exposed by the special prosecutor.

Even a few Republicans were outraged by the Trump’s craven performance (see here and here). But not all. Not even very many.  As Paul Waldman noted in The Washington Post:

When it comes to Republicans, we’re faced with two related issues. First, there are members of their party who actively benefited from Russian manipulation of our election, and even sought out help that turned out to come from Russia, whether they fully understood it at the time. Second, much of the rest of their party is now arguing that it’s really no big deal if the Russians manipulate American elections, so long as the GOP is the one that benefits. […]

We all know how eager the Trump campaign was to work with the Russian government when the campaign believed the Russians had dirt on Clinton to share. But just as we’ve seen so many times before, Trump’s naked corruption is merely a more unapologetic version of what’s happening within the Republican Party. So the question now is: Is this still going on? Are any Republican candidates currently receiving information obtained through Russian hacking about their opponents?

Which leads me to ask: what does GOP Senator Roy Blunt have to say about how Donald Trump is putting the security of our country at risk? Or my 2nd district GOP representative, Ann Wagner? So far nothing but crickets. And that goes for the rest of the Missouri delegation.

But it’s early times yet – just a few hours after the press conference after all. I’ll be watching to see how our GOP delegation responds after they’ve  had a chance to test the direction of the wind in order to decide where their convictions lay.  Who knows, just because they didn’t condemn daddy right away doesn’t mean they won’t manage to summon up some mild distress as long as it doesn’t look like it’ll get the red-meat pitchfork brigade too fired up.

I’ll be getting back to you when/if I learn who has an incipient backbone and who doesn’t. It’s important. We’ve got vitally important midterms coming up – and Trump’s public stance, in terms of what he says and his policies amounts to a giant “so what?”. All of which leads one to really worry about what deals may have been made – or further elaborated – in the two hours when the dictator and the wannabe dictator conferred unattended.

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): count those chickens

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From someone who can’t be bothered to hold any open public town halls in her district.

Representative Vicky Hartzler (r) [2016 file photo].

Today:

Five GOP lawmakers mulling bid to lead conservative caucus
By Scott Wong – 07/14/18 12:43 PM EDT

Early jockeying has begun in the race for chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee — the largest caucus on Capitol Hill, and one that has seen its influence grow with President Trump in the White House.

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Asked if she’s interested in running, Hartzler, a conservative Christian, replied: “I’m praying on it.”

Her Missouri GOP colleague, Rep. Ann Wagner, is among those encouraging Hartzler, who chairs the Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, to jump in the race.

“She’s a very active member of the RSC,” Wagner told The Hill. “She’s a solid conservative. And I would certainly love to see a woman like Vicky head up the RSC.”

“That would be an excellent dynamic and I think Vicky would be well-suited for that position,” Wagner added.

[….]

Uh, there’s a primary election in August and general election in November 2018 first, right?

If you’re afraid to face all of your constituents what would make you think you could lead in Congress? Oh, right, my mistake – IOKIYAR*.

* it’s okay if you’re a republican

Campaign Finance: no surprises here

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Today at the Missouri Ethics Commission for one of the entities promoting the anti-union “right to get paid less” initiative on the August 7th ballot:

C180291 07/13/2018 Missourians For Freedom To Work Rudolph Farber 100 North Wood St Neosho MO 64850 Community Bank & Trust Chairman 7/11/2018 $25,000.00

C180291 07/13/2018 Missourians For Freedom To Work Associated Builders and Contractors 4035 Denton Road Kansas City MO 64133 7/12/2018 $25,000.00

C180291 07/13/2018 Missourians For Freedom To Work The National Right to Work Committee 8001 Braddock Rd Ste 500 Springfield VA 22151 7/13/2018 $200,000.00

[emphasis added]

Sure, I’ll be ecstatic about a cut in my pay said no working person ever.

There are more of us than there are of them. Vote “No” on Proposition A on August 7th. Your pay depends on it.

Previously:

Campaign Finance: they left off the last part (May 19, 2018)

Campaign Finance: Why are we not surprised? (May 31, 2018)

Campaign Finance: advocating for your right to get paid less (June 15, 2018)

Campaign Finance: because working people hold a disproportionate share of America’s wealth (June 21, 2018)

Because “anti-choice” has too many characters to fit on a license plate

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In Missouri:

The frame says it’s all about abortion – not war, or the death penalty, or access to healthcare for all.

As if they’ll ever vote for a Democratic Party candidate.

Previously:

The elephant in the room (July 3, 2018)

Against abortion? Don’t have one. (July 6, 2018)

Getting played (July 8, 2018)