SB 132: I’ve got secrets I want to keep

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Because lobbyists shrivel up when exposed to sunlight?

A bill, prefiled in the Missouri Senate by Ed Emery (r), which would broaden disclosure exemptions in the Missouri Sunshine Law for members of the General Assembly:

FIRST REGULAR SESSION
SENATE BILL NO. 132 [pdf]
100TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY

INTRODUCED BY SENATOR EMERY. Pre-filed December 1, 2018, and ordered printed.
ADRIANE D. CROUSE, Secretary.
0625S.02I

AN ACT

To repeal section 610.021, RSMo, and to enact in lieu thereof one new section relating to the closure of certain records.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Missouri, as follows:

Section A. Section 610.021, RSMo, is repealed and one new section enacted in lieu thereof, to be known as section 610.021, to read as follows:

610.021. Except to the extent disclosure is otherwise required by law, a public governmental body is authorized to close meetings, records and votes, to the extent they relate to the following:

[….]

(25) Any record maintained in the office of a member of the general assembly that is related to a constituent of the member; and
(26) Any record maintained in the office of a member of the general assembly, an employee of either house of the general assembly, or an employee of a caucus of either the majority or minority party of either house that contains information regarding proposed legislation or the legislative process, however, nothing in this subdivision shall allow the closure of a record that has been offered in a public meeting of a house of the general assembly, or any committee thereof.

[emphasis in original]

We wouldn’t want anyone to figure out who’s been pushing those ALEC cut and paste bills on the Missouri General Assembly now, would we?

Campaign Finance – 30 Day After General Election: Saundra McDowell (r) – in the State Auditor race

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The 30 Day After General Election campaign finance reports are in at the Missouri Ethics Commission. For Saundra McDowell, the unsuccessful republican candidate for State Auditor:

C171374: Saundramcdowellformissouri.Com
Committee Type: Candidate
3854 South Ave
Springfield Mo 65807
Party Affiliation: Republican
Established Date: 12/06/2017

Information Reported On: 2018 – 30 Day After General Election-11/6/2018 And Termination
Beginning Money on Hand $24,027.47
Monetary Receipts + $3,487.76
Monetary Expenditures – $22,257.93
Contributions Made – $0.00
Other Disbursements – $5,257.30
Subtotal ($24,027.47)
Ending Money On Hand $0.00

[emphasis added]

Why, that’s perfectly balanced.

A few details from the report [pdf]:

Missouri Ethics Commission
REPORT SUMMARY
SaundraMcDowellForMissouri.com 12/6/2018

8. Total All Receipts This Election (Sum 1B + 7A) $84,586.33
14. Total Expenditures This Election (Sum 9B + 13A) $61,274.40

For a statewide race.

Some of the expenditures:

MISSOURI ETHICS COMMISSION
ITEMIZED EXPENDITURES OVER $100 SUPPLEMENTAL FORM
SaundraMcDowellForMissouri.com 12/6/2018

BRS CPAs & Advisors 3854 South Avenue Springfield MO 65807 12/1/2018 Accounting & Record Keeping $5,000.00
Donahue 11205 Helber Rd Logan OH 43138 10/30/2018 Yard Signs $1,090.98
Zimmer Radio 3215 Lemone Industrial Blvd Suite 200 Columbia MO 65201 11/1/2018 Radio Ads $2,022.00
The Cass Gazette 204 Ella St. Belton MO 64012 11/7/2018 Advertising $713.79
Cumulus Media-Kansas City 3671 Momentum Place Chicago IL 60689 11/8/2018 Advertising $960.00
Hillbilly Holler 775 N Eagle Ave Norwood MO 65717 10/31/2018 TShirt purchase $728.55
BRS CPAs & Advisors 3854 South Avenue Springfield MO 65807 12/3/2018 Accounting & Record Keeping $1,250.00
Jake Silverman 1831 Sullivan Pointe Drive Wildwood MO 63011 12/6/2018 Political advisory consultant $4,500.00
BMW of Columbia 1900 Interstate 70Dr SW Columbia MO 65203 12/6/2018 Auto repairs $2,145.11

T-shirts and yard signs are old school. Close to 10% of the total campaign expenditures on “Accounting & Record Keeping”? That’s ironic in a State Auditor campaign – no matter how you look at it. Auto repairs – at a BMW dealership?

“…That should be good for about a million votes from the base.” – Show Me Progress, October 30, 2018

The election results, via the Missouri Secretary of State web site:

State of Missouri – General Election, November 06, 2018
Official Results
As announced by the Board of State Canvassers on November 30, 2018

State Auditor
3256 of 3256 Precincts Reported

Saundra McDowell Republican 1,070,701 44.614%
Nicole Galloway Democratic 1,209,881 50.413%
Sean O’Toole Libertarian 51,304 2.138%
Don Fitz Green 17,106 0.713%
Jacob Luetkemeyer Constitution 50,951 2.123%
Arnie C. AC Dienoff Write-in 4 0.000%

Total Votes: 2,399,947

[emphasis added]

Just over a million votes. That’s an interesting addition to the equation of American electoral politics.

Previously:

How not to run for State Auditor (October 6, 2018)

Campaign Finance: on a roll (October 13, 2018)

Campaign Finance: State Auditor – 8 days before the general election (October 30, 2018)

Defeated Republican challenger for State Auditor raises $67,227.81, gets 1,060,066 votes (November 7, 2018)

Campaign Finance – 30 Day After General Election: State Auditor Nicole Galloway (D)

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

The 30 Day After General Election campaign finance reports are in at the Missouri Ethics Commission. For State Auditor Nicole Galloway (D):

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 – 30 Day After General Election-11/6/2018
Beginning Money on Hand $546,497.80
Monetary Receipts + $126,390.85
Monetary Expenditures – $613,346.78
Contributions Made – $2,500.00
Other Disbursements – $20,000.00
Subtotal ($509,455.93)
Ending Money On Hand $37,041.87

[emphasis added]

If you’ve got it, spend it. There is no tomorrow after election day.

A few details from the report [pdf]:

Missouri Ethics Commission
REPORT SUMMARY
Nicole Galloway for Missouri 12/6/2018

14. Total Expenditures This Election (Sum 9B + 13A) $2,181,107.42

That’s a lot of money, but it was a statewide race.

Some of the expenditures:

MISSOURI ETHICS COMMISSION
ITEMIZED EXPENDITURES OVER $100 SUPPLEMENTAL FORM
Nicole Galloway For Missouri 12/6/2018

Sway 4350 E West Hwy Bethesda MD 20814-4410 10/30/2018 Media production $9,185.00
Buying Time, LLC 650 Massachusetts Ave NW Ste 210 Washington DC 20001-3728 10/30/2018 Media buy $40,000.00
Buying Time, LLC 650 Massachusetts Ave NW Ste 210 Washington DC 20001-3728 11/1/2018 Media buy $36,474.00
Sway 4350 E West Hwy Bethesda MD 20814-4410 11/5/2018 Media production $1,500.00
Buying Time, LLC 650 Massachusetts Ave NW Ste 210 Washington DC 20001-3728 10/26/2018 Media Buy $482,245.00
A1 Party and Events 211 Peach Way Columbia MO 65203-4905 11/7/2018 Election night event $157.10

Yeah, statewide media is expensive.

The election results, via the Missouri Secretary of State web site:

State of Missouri – General Election, November 06, 2018
Official Results
As announced by the Board of State Canvassers on November 30, 2018

State Auditor
3256 of 3256 Precincts Reported

Saundra McDowell Republican 1,070,701 44.614%
Nicole Galloway Democratic 1,209,881 50.413%
Sean O’Toole Libertarian 51,304 2.138%
Don Fitz Green 17,106 0.713%
Jacob Luetkemeyer Constitution 50,951 2.123%
Arnie C. AC Dienoff Write-in 4 0.000%

Total Votes: 2,399,947

$2,181,107.42 spent – 1,209,881 votes. Okay. That’s relatively inexpensive when compared with what was spent on the U.S. Senate race.

Throw everything against the wall

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Consciousness of guilt.

Bad combover. Check. Too long red tie. Check. Orange spray tan. Check. Tiny hands. Check. Cluelessness. Check…

This evening:

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
The Trump Administration has accomplished more than any other U.S. Administration in its first two (not even) years of existence, & we are having a great time doing it! All of this despite the Fake News Media, which has gone totally out of its mind-truly the Enemy of the People!
4:43 PM – 9 Dec 2018

“…Enemy of the People…” That’s a problem.

A new hope…

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“…I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened…”

Over two years too late.

‘Siege warfare’: Republican anxiety spikes as Trump faces growing legal and political perils (December 9, 2018)

We can only hope.

This morning, from Sheev Palpatine:

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
On 245 occasions, former FBI Director James Comey told House investigators he didn’t know, didn’t recall, or couldn’t remember things when asked. Opened investigations on 4 Americans (not 2) – didn’t know who signed off and didn’t know Christopher Steele. All lies!
7:38 AM – 9 Dec 2018

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
Leakin’ James Comey must have set a record for who lied the most to Congress in one day. His Friday testimony was so untruthful! This whole deal is a Rigged Fraud headed up by dishonest people who would do anything so that I could not become President. They are now exposed!
7:53 AM – 9 Dec 2018

Strong with this one the smell of fear is.

Vladimir Putin didn’t need to win a cold war, he just needed to wait long enough to find a few penny ante grifters willing to sell America out for a quick buck

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And he found them.

Client state.

From a filing yesterday by the Special Counsel:

“…By publicly presenting this false narrative, the defendant deliberately shifted the timeline of what had occurred in the hopes of limiting the investigations into possible Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election—an issue of heightened national interest.

The defendant’s false statements obscured the fact that the Moscow Project was a lucrative business opportunity that sought, and likely required, the assistance of the Russian government. If the project was completed, the Company could have received hundreds of millions of dollars from Russian sources in licensing fees and other revenues. The fact that Cohen continued to work on the project and discuss it with Individual 1 well into the campaign was material to the ongoing congressional and SCO investigations, particularly because it occurred at a time of sustained efforts by the Russian government to interfere with the U.S. presidential election. Similarly, it was material that Cohen, during the campaign, had a substantive telephone call about the project with an assistant to the press secretary for the President of Russia.

The defendant’s false statements to Congress began in approximately late August 2017, when he submitted his written statement about the Moscow Project to SSCI and HPSCI. His false statements continued through his oral testimony before the committees in October 2017. And when Cohen first met with the SCO in August 2018, he repeated many of his prior false statements about the circumstances of the Moscow Project.1 Only when the defendant met with the SCO a second time on September 12, 2018—after he had pled guilty in United States v. Cohen, 18-cr-602…”
Page 3, Case 1:18-cr-00850-WHP Document 15 Filed 12/07/18 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK – The Special Counsel’s Office

Individual 1 is Donald Trump (r).

“…the defendant provided a detailed account of his involvement and the involvement of others in the Moscow Project, and also corrected the record concerning his outreach to the Russian government during the week of the United Nations General Assembly. The defendant also provided information about attempts by other Russian nationals to reach the campaign. For example, in or around November 2015, Cohen received the contact information for, and spoke with, a Russian national who claimed to be a ‘trusted person’ in the Russian Federation who could offer the campaign ‘political synergy’ and ‘synergy on a government level.’ The defendant recalled that this person repeatedly proposed a meeting between Individual 1 and the President of Russia. The person told Cohen that such a meeting could have a “phenomenal” impact ‘not only in political but in a business dimension as well,’ referring to the Moscow Project, because there is ‘no bigger warranty in any project than consent of [the President of Russia]’…”

Page 5, Case 1:18-cr-00850-WHP Document 15 Filed 12/07/18 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK – The Special Counsel’s Office

Cheap grifters, all of them.

Bad combover. Check. Too long red tie. Check. Orange spray tan. Check. Tiny hands. Check. Cluelessness. Check…

Previously:

There’s a sense of…panic (December 7, 2018)

Enjoy this brief moment of Zen… (December 7, 2018)

Think again, Skippy (December 7, 2018)

Think again, Skippy

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Bad combover. Check. Too long red tie. Check. Orange spray tan. Check. Tiny hands. Check. Cluelessness. Check…

Skippy, via Twitter this evening:

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
Totally clears the President. Thank you!
5:00 PM – 7 Dec 2018

Obviously has reading comprehension issues. Filed earlier today:

“…In January 2017, Cohen formally left the Company and began holding himself out as the ‘personal attorney’ to Individual-1, who at that point had become the President of the United States…”
Page 3, Case 1:18-cr-00602-WHP Document 27 Filed 12/07/18, UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK

“…4. Cohen’s Illegal Campaign Contributions

On approximately June 16, 2015, Individual-1, for whom Cohen worked at the time, began an ultimately successful campaign for President of the United States. Cohen had no formal title with the campaign, but had a campaign email address, and, at various times advised the campaign, including on matters of interest to the press. Cohen also made media appearances as a surrogate and supporter of Individual-1. (PSR ¶ 39). During the campaign, Cohen played a central role in two similar schemes to purchase the rights to stories – each from women who claimed to have had an affair with Individual-1 – so as to suppress the stories and thereby prevent them from influencing the election. With respect to both payments, Cohen acted with the intent to influence the 2016 presidential election. Cohen coordinated his actions with one or more members of the campaign, including through meetings and phone calls, about the fact, nature, and timing of the payments. (PSR ¶ 51). In particular, and as Cohen himself has now admitted, with respect to both payments, he acted in coordination with and at the direction of Individual-1. (PSR ¶¶ 41, 45). As a result of Cohen’s actions, neither woman spoke to the press prior to the election. (PSR ¶ 51)…”
Page 13, Case 1:18-cr-00602-WHP Document 27 Filed 12/07/18 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK

There’s a sense of…panic

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Bad combover. Check. Too long red tie. Check. Orange spray tan. Check. Tiny hands. Check. Cluelessness. Check…

There’s more this morning:

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
It has been incorrectly reported that Rudy Giuliani and others will not be doing a counter to the Mueller Report. That is Fake News. Already 87 pages done, but obviously cannot complete until we see the final Witch Hunt Report.
7:39 AM – 7 Dec 2018

Previously:

Enjoy this brief moment of Zen… (December 7, 2018)