Campaign Finance: What’s up with that?

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Today at the Missouri Ethics Commission for the HRCC:

C091068 07/23/2017 HOUSE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE, INC Friends Of Elijah Haahr PO Box 14506 Springfield MO 65814 7/21/2017 $5,001.00

C091068 07/23/2017 HOUSE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE, INC Missouri Realtors PAC Inc PO Box 30635 Columbia MO 65205 7/21/2017 $10,000.00

[emphasis added]

They’ll have all the money they need. For, like, robocalls?

There’s a special election coming up in the 50th Legislative District on August 8th.

Previously:

What a friend we have in Putin (July 15, 2017)

Campaign Finance: Eh, what’s up doc? – again (July 20, 2017)

Campaign Finance: Who needs millionaires or PACs when you can do it yourself?

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This morning at the Missouri Ethics Commission for a republican candidate in the 18th Senate District:

C171187 07/22/2017 Missourians For O’Laughlin Cindy OLaughlin 499 N 4th Shelbina MO 63468 Leo O’Laughlin Inc 7/22/2017 $100,000.00

[emphasis added]

Instant campaign. Isn’t that nice?

The committee:

C171187: Missourians For O’laughlin
Committee Type: Candidate
Party Affiliation: Republican
1103 East Briggs Drive
Macon Mo 63552
Established Date: 07/17/2017
[….]
Candidate
Cindy O’laughlin
Election History

Election Outcome Political Office
8/7/2018 Primary Election State Senator District 18 Missouri State Senate

They’re not wasting any time. The 18th Senate District seat is open in 2018.

State Auditor Nicole Galloway (D) – July 2017 Quarterly Campaign Finance Report

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

The quarterly campaign finance reports are due in at the Missouri Ethics Commission. State Auditor Nicole Galloway (D) has raised a significant amount towards her 2018 reelection campaign:

C111091: Nicole Galloway For Missouri
Committee Type: Candidate
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Po Box 11723
St Louis Mo 63105
Established Date: 04/20/2011
[….]
Information Reported On: 2017 – July Quarterly Report
Beginning Money on Hand $381,662.11
Monetary Receipts + $155,464.00
Monetary Expenditures – $19,626.04
Contributions Made – $100.20
Other Disbursements – $2,650.00
Subtotal $133,087.76
Ending Money On Hand $514,749.87

[emphasis added]

$514,749.87 is a good start.

Some of the contributions:

MISSOURI ETHICS COMMISSION
CONTRIBUTIONS AND LOANS RECEIVED
NICOLE GALLOWAY FOR MISSOURI [pdf] 7/17/2017

13. TOTAL MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED FROM PERSONS GIVING $100 OR LESS $10,401.00

…and a number of contributions from individuals, organized labor, financial professionals, and Democratic office holders.

The expenditures mostly consist of fundraising expenses, data, and setting up a web site.

It’s a good start.

Campaign Finance: Eh, what’s up doc? – again

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Yesterday at the Missouri Ethics Commission:

C000953 07/20/2017 MO Republican Party House Republican Campaign Committee PO Box 1313 Jefferson City MO 65102 7/19/2017 $10,000.00

[emphasis added]

Does this have anything to do with the August 8th special election in the 50th Legislative District? After all, it is the HRCC’s money.

Previously:

Campaign Finance: Eh, what’s up doc? (July 20, 2017)

Bipartisanship gone bad: The Israel Anti-Boycott Act

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The Israel Anti-Boycott Act (S.720 and H.R.1697) is very bad legislation. It’s also that rarity, a bill that truly has bipartisan support. It’s laws like this proposed legislation, I suspect, that gives being bipartisan a bad rep.

The bill essentially bans boycotts or economic sanctions against countries “friendly” to the U.S. , specifically, but not necessarily limited to, Israel:

The bill amends the Export Administration Act of 1979 to declare that it shall be U.S. policy to oppose:

  • requests by foreign countries to impose restrictive practices or boycotts against other countries friendly to the United States or against U.S. persons; and
  • restrictive trade practices or boycotts fostered or imposed by an international governmental organization, or requests to impose such practices or boycotts, against Israel.

The bill prohibits U.S. persons engaged in interstate or foreign commerce from:

  • requesting the imposition of any boycott by a foreign country against a country which is friendly to the United States; or supporting any boycott fostered or imposed by an international organization, or
  • requesting imposition of any such boycott, against Israel.

The bill amends the Export-Import Bank Act of 1945 to include as a reason for the Export-Import Bank to deny credit applications for the export of goods and services between the United States and foreign countries, opposition to policies and actions that are politically motivated and are intended to penalize or otherwise limit commercial relations specifically with citizens or residents of Israel, entities organized under the laws of Israel, or the Government of Israel.

The legislation would levy significant fines not only for participating in boycotts or sanctions, but also for simply requesting information about such actions. Legislation like this would have precluded the boycott of South Africa that was at least partly responsible for the fall of apartheid. People on the left and on the right oppose this bill for much the same reason: it is improperly coercive, too broad in scope, and violates the Constitution. If its support is bipartisan, so is its opposition.

Who opposes the Israel Anti-Boycott Act?

The ACLU wrote in a letter to the Senate that “the bill would punish businesses and individuals based solely on their point of view. Such a penalty is in direct violation of the First Amendment,” adding that:

“… this bill cannot fairly be characterized as an anti-discrimination measure, as some would argue. For example, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 already prevents businesses from discriminating against customers based onrace, color, religion, and national origin. This bill, on the other hand, aims to punish people who support international boycotts that are meant to protest Israeli government policies, while leaving those who agree with Israeli government policies free from the threat of sanctions for engaging in the exact same behavior. Whatever their merits, such boycotts right ly enjoy First Amendment protection.

The American Conservative’s Daniel Larison, on the other end of the political spectrum, is in perfect agreement:

Whatever one thinks about the BDS [i.e., boycott, divestment, and sanctions] movement and related international efforts to pressure Israel to change its occupation policies, it is deranged to try to criminalize protected political speech and association. As the ACLU points out, that is what this bill does. This legislation is plainly unconstitutional, and I assume it would be struck down in court if it were ever signed into law, but the deeper problem is that so many elected representatives think it is appropriate and desirable to trample on the constitutional rights of Americans to defend another government’s illegal occupation. …

J-street, a liberal Jewish lobbying group that advocates for a two-state solution to conflict between Israel and the Palestinians but which has stopped short of endorsing boycotts and sanctions, also opposes the legislation. In an email to congressional staffers, the J Street Vice President of Government Affairs, Dylan J. Williams, wrote that in its present form, the bill would:

…undermine decades of US policy toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, bolster the settlement enterprise and harm the prospects for a two-state solution. […]

[…] we recommended that Members consult with free speech experts on possible Constitutional concerns with the bill. Accordingly, I want to make sure that you saw the letters issued by the ACLU yesterday opposing both the Senate and House versions of the bill on the grounds that they would impose penalties in “direct violation of the First Amendment.”

So who does support this bill?

AIPAC. But that goes without saying.

Who else? At least 237 members of the House of representatives, 63 of whom are Democrats, are cosponsors of the bill, and 45 Senators, 13 of whom are Democrats, are also cosponsors . Others will probably, due to either conviction or the pressures of the prevailing political wisdom, help vote it into law.

Missouri Supporters

As for whom in Missouri supports this legislation, here’s the list of House cosponsors from our fair state: Rep. Wagner, Ann (R-2), Rep. Sam Graves (R-6), Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-4), Rep. Jason Smith (R-8), and Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-3). And in the Senate, who else but that consummate bipartisan wannabe, Senator Claire McCaskill, has signed on. So far, at least, Senator Blunt is keeping his hands off this one. Do you think he might actually have a few Constitutional scruples?

McCaskill’s presence is the most easily explained. She’s good at the political calculus and you can bet there’s some payoff here, or at least she hopes there will be, in 2018. The woman’s great strength is her pragmatism. It’s also, alas, her frequent downfall.This case falls into the latter category.

What really bothers me, though, are all those Republicans in the House who support this bill. Don’t most Missouri conservatives get all teary-eyed about the right of bakers and the like to refuse to do business with the LGBT folks – or whoever else their personal Jesus tells them to dis? Yet they don’t want to let businessmen or individuals who have moral qualms about the activities of foreign countries refrain from doing business that supports those activities? It’s not exactly the same question – there’s lots of issues to unpack here – but, on the surface at least, it seems just a little hypocritical.

More importantly, weren’t lots of these chuckleheads elected during the Tea Party “uprising” by voters who went around in tricorner hats waving pocket copies of the Constitution? It was pretty clear, even at that time, that few Tea Partiers had actually bothered to read the document and fewer still understood it, but don’t you think that the folks they sent to Washington ought to at least show a little deference to the legal underpinnings of of our great Democracy?

*2nd to last paragraph slightly revised for clarity (12:03, 7/21/17).

Campaign Finance: Eh, what’s up doc?

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Yesterday at the Missouri Ethics Commission, a dormant republican PAC awakes:

C051039 07/19/2017 RSLC-MISSOURI PAC Republican State Leadership Committee PAC & Individual Account 1201 F Street, NW Suite 675 Washington DC 20004 7/18/2017 $10,000.00

[emphasis added]

They filed limited activity reports in April and July. In January:

C051039: Rslc-Missouri Pac
Committee Type: Political Action
1201 F Street Nw Ste 675
Washington Dc 20004
Established Date: 02/10/2005
[….]
Information Reported On: 2017 – January Quarterly Report
Beginning Money on Hand $554.75
Monetary Receipts + $0.00
Monetary Expenditures – $14.00
Contributions Made – $0.00
Other Disbursements – $0.00
Subtotal ($14.00)
Ending Money On Hand $540.75

[emphasis added]

Okay. Now they have $10,000.00 to play with.

Special elections in the 50th Legislative District and 28th Senate District anyone? Just asking.

Previously:

Tinker to Evers to Chance, from PAC to PAC, from billionaire to PAC… (December 4, 2014)

Campaign Finance: just passing through (November 3, 2016)

Attorney General Josh Hawley (r) – July 2017 Quarterly Campaign Finance Report

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Josh Hawley (r) [2016 file photo].

The quarterly campaign finance reports are due in at the Missouri Ethics Commission. It’s been a very quiet fundraising period for Attorney General Josh Hawley (r).

C151132: Hawley For Missouri
Committee Type: Candidate
Party Affiliation: Republican
Po Box 1073
Columbia Mo 65205
Established Date: 07/23/2015
[….]
Information Reported On: 2017 – July Quarterly Report
Beginning Money on Hand $1,068,053.22
Monetary Receipts + $14,330.00
Monetary Expenditures – $85,992.23
Contributions Made – $0.00
Other Disbursements – $0.00
Subtotal ($71,662.23)
Ending Money On Hand $996,390.99

[emphasis added]

Not much coming in:

MISSOURI ETHICS COMMISSION
CONTRIBUTIONS AND LOANS RECEIVED
Hawley For Missouri [pdf] 7/17/2017
[….]
13. TOTAL MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED FROM PERSONS GIVING $100 OR LESS $430.00
[….]

[emphasis added]

And this:

MISSOURI ETHICS COMMISSION
CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED – SUPPLEMENTAL
Hawley For Missouri 7/17/2017

William Darr PO Box 4087 Springfield MO 65808 American Dehydrated Foods — Chairperson 4/12/2017 $200.00
Douglas Albrecht 16 Upper Ladue Rd St. Louis MO 63124 Bodley Group — Executive 4/21/2017 $2,500.00
Anne Albrecht 16 Upper Ladue Rd Saint Louis MO 63124 Homemaker — Homemaker 4/21/2017 $2,500.00
Mark Gardner 4805 S National Ave Ste 300 Springfield MO 65810 Gardner Capital — Principal 5/19/2017 $2,600.00
Sharon Hayes PO Box 557 Saint Albans MO 63073 Retired — Retired 5/29/2017 $100.00
William Darr PO Box 4087 Springfield MO 65808 American Dehydrated Foods — Chairperson 6/12/2017 $100.00
Charles Shields 47 SE Erin Ct St Josephy MO 64507 Truman Medical Center — CEO 6/12/2017 $200.00
Philip Melugin 3033 S Kansas Express Way Springfield MO 65807 Phoenix Home Care — Healthcare 6/27/2017 $2,600.00
Kimberly Melugin 5853 S Northern Ridge Rd Springfield MO 65810 Phoenix Home Care — Bookkeeper 6/27/2017 $2,600.00
William Kilroy 817 West 61st Terrace Kansas City MO 64113 Polsinelli PC — Attorney 6/30/2017 $500.00

That’s it. You think everyone else is saving it up for a U.S. Senate race? Just asking.

Some of the expenditures:

MISSOURI ETHICS COMMISSION
ITEMIZED EXPENDITURES OVER $100 SUPPLEMENTAL FORM
Hawley For Missouri 7/17/2017

Mine Creek Strategies 7909 Falmouth St Prairie Village KS 66208 4/6/2017 Communications Retainer $3,000.00
On Message Inc. 705 Melvin Ave #105 Annapolis MD 21401 4/6/2017 Media Production Fees $2,898.00
First Tuesday 705 Melvin Ave #105 Annapolis MD 21401 4/10/2017 Media Consulting $5,000.00
Spark Promotions 3633 Prescoott Dr Columbia MO 65201 4/10/2017 Advertising $1,982.50

First Tuesday 705 Melvin Ave #105 Annapolis MD 21401 5/1/2017 Media Consulting & Reim. Exp – See Form CD-8 $6,732.09
Mine Creek Strategies 7909 Falmouth St Prairie Village KS 66208 5/4/2017 Communications Retainer $3,000.00
On Message Inc. 705 Melvin Ave #105 Annapolis MD 21401 5/4/2017 Reimbursed Expenses – See Form CD-8 $1,506.57
On Message Inc. 705 Melvin Ave #105 Annapolis MD 21401 5/17/2017 Media Production Fees $5,216.97

First Tuesday 705 Melvin Ave #105 Annapolis MD 21401 6/2/2017 Media Consulting $5,000.00
Mine Creek Strategies 7909 Falmouth St Prairie Village KS 66208 6/2/2017 Communications Retainer $3,000.00

On Message Inc. 705 Melvin Ave #105 Annapolis MD 21401 6/2/2017 Reimbursed Expenses – See Form CD-8 $1,118.20
On Message Inc. 705 Melvin Ave #105 Annapolis MD 21401 6/15/2017 Media Production Fees $15,000.00

On Message Inc. 705 Melvin Ave #105 Annapolis MD 21401 6/27/2017 Media Buys $4,850.00
Spark Promotions 3633 Prescoott Dr Columbia MO 65201 6/27/2017 Advertising $906.49

First Tuesday 705 Melvin Ave #105 Annapolis MD 21401 6/30/2017 Media Consulting $5,000.00
On Message Inc. 705 Melvin Ave #105 Annapolis MD 21401 6/30/2017 Reimbursed Expenses – See Form CD-8 $1,307.59
First Tuesday 705 Melvin Ave #105 Annapolis MD 21401 6/30/2017 Reimbursed Expenses – See Form CD-8 $691.10

That’s a lot of media. Running for something? Just curious.

Previously:

Attorney General Josh Hawley (r) – April 2017 Quarterly Campaign Finance Report (April 20, 2017)

Josh Hawley (r): well, maybe (July 11, 2017)

Gov. Eric Greitens (r) – July 2017 Quarterly Campaign Finance Report

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Eric Greitens (r) [2016 file photo].

The quarterly campaign finance reports are due in at the Missouri Ethics Commission. It’s been a relatively quiet fundraising period for Governor Eric Greitens (r). All that Washington, D.C. travel can have an impact.

C151053: Greitens For Missouri
Committee Type: Candidate
Party Affiliation: Republican
Po Box 144
Jefferson City Mo 65102
Established Date: 02/24/2015
[….]
Information Reported On: 2017 – July Quarterly Report
Beginning Money on Hand $2,419,939.44
Monetary Receipts + $101,533.25
Monetary Expenditures – $127,360.60
Contributions Made – $0.00
Other Disbursements – $11,773.29
Subtotal ($37,600.64)
Ending Money On Hand $2,382,338.80

[emphasis added]

Some of the contributions:

MISSOURI ETHICS COMMISSION
CONTRIBUTIONS AND LOANS RECEIVED
Greitens For Missouri [pdf] 7/17/2017
[….]
13. TOTAL MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED FROM PERSONS GIVING $100 OR LESS $8,175.29
[….]

[emphasis added]

And some others:

MISSOURI ETHICS COMMISSION
CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED – SUPPLEMENTAL
Greitens For Missouri 7/17/2017

Dwayne Holden 3903 E Eaglescliffe Dr Springfield MO 65809 Custom Metalcraft — CEO 4/3/2017 $2,600.00
Sara Hargis 1470 E Meadowmere St Springfield MO 65804 4 Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper — Business Owner 4/5/2017 $2,600.00
Dolph Woodman 218 E Harrison Street Republic MO 65378 Requested — Requested 4/5/2017 $2,600.00
Dan Cobb 1165 S Post Oak Ct Springfield MO 65809 Retired — Retired 4/12/2017 $2,600.00
Coby Cullins 2732 S Farm Rd 241 Rogersville MO 65742 National Safety Compliance — President 4/12/2017 $2,600.00
James Ferguson 911 Saint Andrews Cir Springfield MO 65809 Heart of America Bev Co — Wholesaler 4/12/2017 $2,600.00
Craig Frazier 2465 S Forrest Heights Ave Springfield MO 65809 Retired — Retired 4/12/2017 $2,600.00
Larry Frazier 567 Dale Ave Hollister MO 65672 Retired — Retired 4/12/2017 $2,600.00
John Johnson 5670 S Glenstone Abbey Ct Springfield MO 65809 Self-Employed — Business Owner 4/12/2017 $2,600.00
William Killian 318 S Farm Road 193 Springfield MO 65809 Killian Construction — CEO 4/12/2017 $2,600.00
Gary Leondard 5101 Shady Oak Place Springfield MO 65804 Steak N Shake — Restauranteur 4/12/2017 $2,600.00
Bryan Magers 840 S Roanoke Ave Springfield MO 65806 Self-employed — Property Development 4/12/2017 $2,600.00
Randy Magers 2776 S Campbell Springfield MO 65807 Magers Management — Commercial RE Developer 4/12/2017 $2,600.00
Gary Metzger 3927 E Knollwood Ozark MO 65721 Simmons Bank — Banker 4/12/2017 $2,600.00
Nick Myers 5873 Riverside Dr Joplin MO 64804 Nick Myers CPA PC — CPA 4/12/2017 $2,600.00
Larry Sexton 10785 Greenlefe Dr Rolla MO 65402 Sellers-Sexton — Owner 4/12/2017 $2,600.00
Steven Warlick 1124 E Portland Ave Springfield MO 65807 Bates — President/CEO 4/12/2017 $2,600.00

[emphasis added]

You get the picture.

Some of the expenditures:

MISSOURI ETHICS COMMISSION
ITEMIZED EXPENDITURES OVER $100 SUPPLEMENTAL FORM
Greitens For Missouri 7/17/2017

St Louis Cardinals 700 Clark St St. Louis MO 63102 4/5/2017 Event Expense $640.00
St Louis Cardinals 700 Clark St St. Louis MO 63102 4/6/2017 Event Expense $690.00
Kansas City Royals 1 Royal Way Kansas City MO 64129 4/12/2017 Event Expense $1,803.00

Austin Chambers 15 Cricklewood Place Frontenac MO 63131 5/1/2017 Campaign Worker Compensation $1,664.85

Campaign Solutions 117 N Saint Asaph St Alexandria VA 22314 5/2/2017 Merchant Service Fees $334.40
Campaign Solutions 117 N Saint Asaph St Alexandria VA 22314 5/2/2017 Merchant service fees $3,571.33

Missouri Ethics Commission PO Box 1370 Jefferson City MO 65102 5/2/2017 Penalty $100.00

Campaign Solutions 117 N Saint Asaph St Alexandria VA 22314 5/3/2017 Merchant service fees $495.17
Teralogix 1141 S 7th St St Louis MO 63104 5/4/2017 Advertising $1,792.00

Chalmers Pak Burch & Adams LLC 5805 State Bridge Road #G77 Johns Creek GA 30097 5/12/2017 Legal fees $17,350.78

Marriott 1331 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington DC 20004 5/17/2017 Travel $192.26

Campaign Solutions 117 N Saint Asaph St Alexandria VA 22314 5/18/2017 Merchant service fees $1,510.00
MegaPath 6800 Koll Center Parkway Suite 200 Pleasanton CA 94566
5/23/2017

Williams Keepers LLC 3220 W Edgewood Dr # E Jefferson City MO 65109 5/30/2017 Accounting fees $5,045.75

Austin Chambers 15 Cricklewood Place Frontenac MO 63131 5/31/2017 Campaign Worker Compensation $1,664.85

Something Else Strategies 212 Golden Willow Court Easley SC 29642 5/31/2017 Media production $8,000.00

[emphasis added]

Apparently the campaign still has sufficient minigun ammunition left over for future commercials.

Previously:

Gov. Eric Greitens (r) – April 2017 Quarterly Campaign Finance Report (April 18, 2017)

They ain’t exactly pushin’ to the front of the line

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Another republican member of the U.S. House from Missouri has decided to not run for the U.S. Senate in 2018.

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

An announcement yesterday from Representative Vicky Hartzler (r)

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After much prayer and discussion with my family I have decided to seek re-election to the United States House of Representatives. I love the great people of the 4th Congressional District
and feel honored to be their voice in Washington. I believe the best way to continue to serve them is by taking their common-sense ideas and Heartland values to Washington.

I appreciate all of the kind words of encouragement over the last few weeks from people all over our state. I did what you asked. I and my family took a hard look and prayed faithfully about running for the United States Senate. While I am honored by the support I’ve received, it is my belief this race is for another solid conservative to pursue and win in 2018.
[….]

Was it all those town halls? Just asking.

Previously:

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): open public town halls are just not gonna happen (June 13, 2017)

Why is Ann Wagner bowing out of the Senate race? (July 3, 2017)

Ann Wagner – voice of the vulnerable?

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Got the latest email newsletter from my congressional representative, Rep. Ann Wagner (R-2). And just about fell out of my chair laughing. First sentence: “Since I first came to Congress, I have dedicated myself to being a voice for the most vulnerable in our society.”

This, coming from the woman who giddily warbled “freedom” after she helped pass an Obamacare replacement that would throw over 20 million people off their health insurance, is too rich for words.

Coming from the woman whose main raison d’etre as a legislator has been to deprive elderly retirees of financial safeguards that would prevent unethical investment counselors from taking dishonest advantage, it’s nothing less than shameful. (Of course, she’s now got a $3 million campaign pot in large part thanks to grateful bankers, financiers and investment professionals so I guess duplicity is its own reward.)

What Wagner’s on about is her work to put a halt to advertising Website Backpage.com’s illegal sex ads and against its role in human trafficking – a worthwhile target for legislators. Wagner, along with the many Democratic and Republican lawmakers, notably Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill, who have worked on this issue, deserve credit for their efforts. Most recently, Wagner has written to the Justice Department to try and get them investigate potential criminal activity on the part of the Website. So has Claire McCaskill.

Of course, if you only read Wagner’s newsletters, you’d think she invented the struggle against sex trafficking. Is the only time GOPers use the word “bipartisan” when they want to attack Democrats for not being bipartisan enough? I can only attribute the self-applause to the fact that maybe Wagner thinks that if she doesn’t grandstand, her rare effort on behalf of the vulnerable might be overwhelmed by her more typical advocacy for the comfortable.