We should have all invested in popcorn futures…

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Pass the popcorn.

They are truly irony impaired. On Twitter, from December 2015:

Michael Cohen @MichaelCohen212
@HillaryClinton when you go to prison for defrauding America and perjury, your room and board will be free!
9:03 PM – 19 Dec 2015

That didn’t wear well at all.

Campaign Finance: pass it around

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The republican majority in the Missouri General Assembly, you know, the ones who brought you Proposition A – “right to get paid less”…

This past weekend at the Missouri Ethics Commission for the HRCC:

C091068 08/19/2018 HOUSE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE, INC Uniting Missouri PAC PO Box 444 Farmington MO 63640 8/18/2018 $50,000.00

How nice for them. There were quite a few more contributions for the HRCC in this batch.

That particular contribution is from a new PAC:

C180490: Uniting Missouri Pac
Committee Type: Political Action
Po Box 444
Farmington Mo 63640
Established Date: 06/29/2018
[….]
Information Reported On: 2018 – 8 Day Before Primary Election-8/7/2018
Beginning Money on Hand $100.00
Monetary Receipts + $225,000.00
Monetary Expenditures – $75.70
Contributions Made – $0.00
Other Disbursements – $0.00
Subtotal $224,924.30
Ending Money On Hand $225,024.30

[emphasis added]

That’s a significant remaining balance.

“John Hancock, Chairman” Heh.

And where does Uniting Missouri PAC get its money?:

C180490 07/19/2018 Uniting Missouri PAC MARK GARDNER 4803 S NATIONAL AVE STE 300 SPRINGFIELD MO 65810 GARDNER CAPITAL INC 7/18/2018 $25,000.00

C180490 07/19/2018 Uniting Missouri PAC MACO DEVELOPMENT COMPANY LLC PO BOX 68 CLARKTON MO 63837 7/18/2018 $25,000.00

C180490 07/19/2018 Uniting Missouri PAC SPIRE MISSOURI INC 700 MARKET ST ST LOUIS MO 63101 7/18/2018 $20,000.00

C180490 07/19/2018 Uniting Missouri PAC EXPRESS SCRIPTS ONE EXPRESS WAY 5226 STATE ROAD H ST LOUIS MO 63121 7/18/2018 $25,000.00

C180490 07/19/2018 Uniting Missouri PAC PHOENIX HOME CARE 3033 S KANSAS EXPRESSWAY SPRINGFIELD MO 65807 7/18/2018 $20,000.00

C180490 07/19/2018 Uniting Missouri PAC REPUBLIC SERVICES INC 18500 N ALLIED WAY PHOENIX AZ 85054 7/18/2018 $10,000.00

C180490 07/19/2018 Uniting Missouri PAC TORCH ELECTRONICS LLC 17650 GARDEN RIDGE CIRCLE WILDWOOD MO 63038 7/18/2018 $10,000.00

C180490 07/19/2018 Uniting Missouri PAC STERLING BANCSHARES INC 1100 STERLING DRIVE POPLAR BLUFF MO 63901 7/18/2018 $20,000.00

C180490 07/25/2018 Uniting Missouri PAC RIGHTCHOICE MANAGED CARE INC 3075 VANDERCAR WAY AP OH3403-A300 CINCINNATI OH 45209 7/25/2018 $25,000.00

C180490 08/15/2018 Uniting Missouri PAC ANHEUSER BUSCH ONE BUSCH PLACE ST LOUIS MO 63118 8/13/2018 $10,000.00

Uniting Missouri under corporate special interests is more like it.

It’s their world, the rest of us get to live in it.

If only there was an initiative on the November ballot…

Previously:

Campaign Finance: teaching your children well (August 20, 2018)

Campaign Finance: teaching your children well

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Today at the Missouri Ethics Commission from educators in support of the initiative (Amendment 1) for campaign finance, lobbying, legislative open records, and redistricting reform:

C161298 08/20/2018 CLEAN Missouri Missouri National Education Association Ballot Issue Crisis Fund 1810 E. Elm st Jefferson city MO 65107 8/18/2018 $250,000.00

[emphasis added]

If teachers are for it you can bet a lot of money that right wingnut republicans are against it.

Josh Hawley (r): uh, you forgot that we’re called “The Show Me State”

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“I come from a state that raises corn and cotton, cockleburs and Democrats, and frothy eloquence neither convinces nor satisfies me. I’m from Missouri, and you have got to show me.” – Congressman Willard Vandiver (1899)

Josh Hawley (r), the republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Missouri, continues to exhibit difficulty mastering the social media thing for his campaign. Early this evening:

Josh Hawley @HawleyMO
As a U.S. Senator, I will fight for MO’s middle class. You work hard, pay your share, & yet you’re mocked by every liberal from D.C. to Hollywood. Your wages are too low, health care costs are too high. It’s time someone stood up for you & that’s exactly what I will do. #MOSen
5:11 PM – 19 Aug 2018

Much hilarity ensues in the responses:

Hasn’t that been your job for the last 19 or so months? All you’ve done is fight for your corporate sponsors AGAINST us.

You’ve not done any of that as AG, why believe you now, esp in re your lawsuit to remove pre-existing condition protection in healthcare?
You lob false allegations against Claure while she’s actually on the job and you’re standing all alone on a trailer at the state fair.
Liar.

You are currently co-signed on a lawsuit to allow insurance companies to revoke insurance due to pre-existing conditions. If it succeeds it will be devastating to the middle class. People shouldn’t be punished for getting sick.

As you fight to make it so insurance companies can discriminate against folks with preexisting conditions. You will not be a senator

There are bills in the US Senate to address min wage & healthcare cost, none of them get any traction because of Mitch McConnell. But you may know McConnell as Senate Leadership Fund, one of the main PACs funding your campaign. #MOSen

I’m a middle class Union worker, I didn’t see you opposing Proposition A.

About that:

State of Missouri – Primary Election, August 07, 2018
Unofficial Results
as of 8/19/2018 6:52:21 PM

Proposition A
3228 of 3228 Precincts Reported
YES 452,075 32.539%
NO 937,241 67.461%
Total Votes: 1,389,316

[emphasis added]

If wages are too low, why do you support right to work? It’s wrong for Missouri.

Unless you have a pre-existing condition, right Josh? Exactly how are you going to bring my health care costs down? I vote on specifics, not platitudes.

No you won’t

You say this, but your actions send precisely the opposite message. I believe your actions.

What have you done to raise wages? Seems to me you were in Jeff City failing low wage workers while their minimum wage increase was taken away. I didn’t hear you advocating for minimum wage earners in St. Louis.

Sure…take away pre existing healthcare…that’s NOT fighting for the middle class. Sit down with a family that is middle class and willing to outline their medical needs. Its not what you think. At all.

As a Missourian in the middle class, who will you help those of us with pre-existing conditions still get healthcare? What is your position on the trade war that is costing hard working Missourians a lot of money and some their jobs?

Hollywood & liberals aren’t mocking anyone. We’re too busy ADVOCATING and FIGHTING FOR the middle & working class. It’s called No RTW. It’s called fair minimum wages. It’s called affordable healthcare with no pre-existing conditions. It’s called the Democratic platform.

Good lord, you’re full of shit, Hairgel

Did we happen to mention that Missourians are also very outspoken?

Where were you when Missouri overwhelmingly rejected Right To Work? Not on the side of unions and wage earners. You seek to undo progress that is hard fought and won in this state. You hold back the average worker, and embrace those who ignore the will of most Missourians.

You will sell out every resident of MO to the insurance company who will line your pockets. Who are you kidding hollow words.

As a senator you and Trump will destroy Missouri healthcare,SS,work to lower wages roll back minimum wage,Medicare and Medicaid destroyed…Missouri does not need to go backward …by a little boy that is wet behind the ears

Hawley really thinks he’ll get by this campaign without explaining one single thing he will do for Missouri (except take away healthcare from millions of Missourians, and vote AGAINST unions).

“Your wages are too low, health care costs are too high.” And you’re a republican who won’t do anything to fix it. You can lie to yourself and you can lie to your sycophants Josh. But the rest of us know a ladder climber when we see one.

How will you fight for us? What’s your plan? You can’t just say you will fight. Why should I vote for you?

Keep stepping on that rake, Josh.

Previously:

Senator Claire McCaskill (D) – town hall in Warrensburg – Press Q and A – August 17, 2017 (August 17, 2017)

Claire McCaskill (D) clubs a baby harp seal… (August 8, 2018)

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D): opening day at the Missouri State Fair (August 9, 2018)

What passes for a flatbed truck at “…Yale, I think, or Harvard, one of those, one of those fancy ones…” (August 16, 2018)

Josh Hawley: Not as smart as they thought? (August 16, 2018)

Keri Ingle (D) – 35th Legislative District – retail politics

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Keri Ingle (D) is the Democratic Party candidate in the 35th Legislative District, which includes part of Lee’s Summit in Eastern Jackson County.

This rainy afternoon, in one of those traditions of Missouri politics, Keri Ingle and her campaign held a meet and greet ice cream social with voters in her legislative district in Lee’s Summit.

Keri Ingle (D), the Democratic Party candidate in the 35th Legislative District.

It was a good crowd on a Sunday afternoon, with the candidate taking the time to greet and talk with everyone in the room.

This is just a small part of the person to person voter outreach. On Saturday Keri Ingle knocked two hundred doors. That’s retail politics.

The primary results in the 35th Legislative District, via the Missouri Secretary of State web site:

State of Missouri – Primary Election, August 07, 2018
Unofficial Results
as of 8/19/2018 4:45:03 PM
State Representative – District 35
20 of 20 Precincts Reported

Tom Lovell Republican 1,848 51.036%
Sean Smith Republican 1,773 48.964%
Party Total: 3,621

Keri Ingle Democratic 3,946 100.000%
Party Total: 3,946

Total Votes: 7,567

[emphasis added]

Campaign finance, via the Missouri Ethics Commission:

C171130: Committee To Elect Keri Ingle
Committee Type: Candidate
2016 Sw 2Nd Street
Lees Summit Mo 64081
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Established Date: 04/28/2017
[….]
Information Reported On: 2018 – 8 Day Before Primary Election-8/7/2018
Beginning Money on Hand $25,390.68
Monetary Receipts + $9,479.21
Monetary Expenditures – $2,419.60
Contributions Made – $0.00
Other Disbursements – $0.00
Subtotal $7,059.61
Ending Money On Hand $32,450.29

[emphasis added]

For the republican candidate:

C171385: Tom Lovell For House Of Representatives
Committee Type: Candidate
26 Se 3Rd Street Suite 200
Party Affiliation: Republican
Established Date: 12/05/2017
[….]
Information Reported On: 2018 – 8 Day Before Primary Election-8/7/2018
Beginning Money on Hand $13,871.73
Monetary Receipts + $4,805.00
Monetary Expenditures – $1,484.16
Contributions Made – $0.00
Other Disbursements – $657.15
Subtotal $2,663.69
Ending Money On Hand $16,535.42

[emphasis added]

He’ll get all the money he needs.

After everyone had a chance to get some ice cream, Keri Ingle (D) addressed those in attendance, speaking about what she has heard from district voters as she has campaigned door to door and expressing her priorities in supporting public education and public safety, making actual progress in the maintenance of public infrastructure, and promoting job growth locally.

The district is currently represented by Gary Cross (r) who is term limited out after this election cycle.

About that State Auditor race

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State Auditor Nicole Galloway (D) [2018 file photo].

This happened in the primaries for State Auditor, via the Missouri Secretary of State web site:

State of Missouri – Primary Election, August 07, 2018
Unofficial Results
as of 8/18/2018 8:57:31 PM
State Auditor
3228 of 3228 Precincts Reported

Kevin M. Roach Republican 143,745 24.294%
David Wasinger Republican 158,071 26.715%
Paul Curtman Republican 97,055 16.403%
Saundra McDowell Republican 192,814 32.587%
Party Total: 591,685

Nicole Galloway Democratic 515,398 100.000%
Party Total: 515,398

[emphasis added]

Saundra McDowell (r)? Who? Oh…

One question GOP candidate for Missouri auditor faces: Is she even eligible to run?

…McDowell faces questions about whether she’s even eligible to run. She’s also the subject of behind-the-scenes grumblings by Republicans, who worry that red flags in her past weren’t vetted during the primary and could undercut the party’s chances of ousting Galloway this fall.
[….]
…Galloway unleashed a blistering attack targeting a series of legal judgments against McDowell related to unpaid debt. McDowell has dismissed Galloway’s criticisms, saying the race “should be about the issues, not personal attacks.”
[….]

Alrighty then.

Legal judgements on unpaid debt? For a candidate for State Auditor. Think about that for just a second.

Then, there’s the matter of campaign fundraising, via the Missouri Ethics Commission:

C171374: Saundramcdowellformissouri.Com
Committee Type: Candidate
3854 South Ave
Springfield Mo 65807
Party Affiliation: Republican
Established Date: 12/06/2017
[….]
Information Reported On: 2018 – 8 Day Before Primary Election-8/7/2018
Beginning Money on Hand $1,522.31
Monetary Receipts + $3,003.00
Monetary Expenditures – $1,356.60
Contributions Made – $0.00
Other Disbursements – $0.00
Subtotal $1,646.40
Ending Money On Hand $3,168.71

Well, that can probably be explained somehow.

Compared to:

C111091: Nicole Galloway For Missouri
Committee Type: Candidate
Po Box 11723
St Louis Mo 63105
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Established Date: 04/20/2011
[….]
Information Reported On: 2018 – 8 Day Before Primary Election-8/7/2018
Beginning Money on Hand $1,084,778.35
Monetary Receipts + $45,280.00
Monetary Expenditures – $47,701.98
Contributions Made – $0.00
Other Disbursements – $950.00
Subtotal ($3,371.98)
Ending Money On Hand $1,081,406.37

There certainly is a big difference.

Step away from the football, Donald…

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This morning:

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
Social Media is totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices. Speaking loudly and clearly for the Trump Administration, we won’t let that happen. They are closing down the opinions of many people on the RIGHT, while at the same time doing nothing to others…….
6:23 AM – 18 Aug 2018

Fascist asshole.

Campaign Finance: all one of them

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Today at the Missouri Ethics Commission:

C180478 08/17/2018 Citizens to Protect Tax Revenues and Jobs Penn National Gaming, Inc. 825 Berkshire Boulevard Wyomissing PA 19610 8/16/2018 $14,858.00

C180478 08/17/2018 Citizens to Protect Tax Revenues and Jobs Penn National Gaming, Inc. 825 Berkshire Boulevard Wyomissing PA 19610 8/17/2018 $100,000.00

[emphasis added]

And more before that, since June:

C180478 06/28/2018 Citizens to Protect Tax Revenues and Jobs Penn National Gaming, Inc. 825 Berkshire Boulevard Wyomissing PA 19610 6/26/2018 $200,000.00

C180478 07/27/2018 Citizens to Protect Tax Revenues and Jobs Penn National Gaming, Inc. 825 Berkshire Boulevard Wyomissing PA 19610 7/26/2018 $200,000.00

[emphasis added]

They’re a Continuing Political Action Committee and they’re fairly new:

C180478: Citizens To Protect Tax Revenues And Jobs
Committee Type: Political Action
Po Box 156
Jefferson City Mo 65102
Established Date: 06/25/2018
[….]
Treasurer
Cynthia Carrie Morgan
Po Box 156
Jefferson City Mo 65102
[….]

And they do have resources:

C180478: Citizens To Protect Tax Revenues And Jobs
[….]
Information Reported On: 2018 – July Quarterly Report
Beginning Money on Hand $0.00
Monetary Receipts + $200,000.00
Monetary Expenditures – $100,000.00
Contributions Made – $0.00
Other Disbursements – $0.00
Subtotal $100,000.00
Ending Money On Hand $100,000.00

Some of the details:

MISSOURI ETHICS COMMISSION
CONTRIBUTIONS AND LOANS RECEIVED
7/16/2018 Citizens to Protect Tax Revenues and Jobs [pdf]

Penn National Gaming, Inc. 825 Berkshire Boulevard Wyomissing PA 19610 6/26/2018 $200,000.00
[….]
11. TOTAL CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED AT FUND-RAISERS AS REPORTED INLINE 8 ON FORM CD1A $0.00
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
[….]

[emphasis added]

And the expenditures:

MISSOURI ETHICS COMMISSION
EXPENDITURES AND CONTRIBUTIONS MADE
Citizens to Protect Tax Revenues and Jobs 7/16/2018
[….]
National Petition Management 1609B Cindy Circle Roseville CA 95661 6/28/2018 Deposit for signature gathering $100,000.00
[….]

Not particularly grassrootsie so far.