Campaign Finance: old school fundraising

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Raising $1,000,000.00 the old fashioned way, $10,000.00 at a time.

Someone got the t-shirt [August 2015 file photo].

Someone got the t-shirt [August 2015 file photo].

Yesterday at the Missouri Ethics Commission for Mike Parson’s (r) 2016 campaign for Lieutenant Governor:

C091129 07/24/2016 PARSON FOR MISSOURI Drury Development Corporation 721 Emerson Rd St Louis MO 63141 7/23/2016 $10,000.00

C091129 07/24/2016 PARSON FOR MISSOURI Romine for Senate 322 E Karsch Farmington MO 63640 7/23/2016 $10,000.00

[emphasis added]

Its not like the campaign doesn’t have sufficient funds:

C091129: Parson For Missouri
Committee Type: Candidate
Po Box 1004 Party Affiliation: Republican
Bolivar Mo 65613 Established Date: 06/15/2009
[….]
Information Reported On: 2016 – July Quarterly Report
Beginning Money on Hand $1,071,569.71
Monetary Receipts + $202,086.26
Monetary Expenditures – $467,347.73
Contributions Made – $1,965.00
Other Disbursements – $9,959.23
Subtotal ($277,185.70)
Ending Money On Hand $794,384.01

[emphasis added]

It’s not like we were feeling sorry for the candidate and his campaign.

Previously:

April 2016 – candidate campaign finance reports – Lieutenant Governor (April 17, 2016)

Campaign Finance: it’s all relative

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It’s still a lot. Yesterday at the Missouri Ethics Commission for Josh Hawley’s (r) 2016 campaign for Attorney General:

C151132 07/23/2016 HAWLEY FOR MISSOURI David Humphreys PO Box 4050 Joplin MO 64803 Tamko Building Products Executive 7/21/2016 $250,000.00

C151132 07/23/2016 HAWLEY FOR MISSOURI Herzog Contracting Corp PO Box 1089 St Joseph MO 64502 7/22/2016 $100,000.00

C151132 07/23/2016 HAWLEY FOR MISSOURI Charles Wall 777 Castle Creek Drive Aspen CO 81611 Retired Retired 7/22/2016 $20,000.00

[emphasis added]

Because $1,000,000.00 from one person isn’t enough. It should be more than that. Apparently.

It’s obscene.

Previously:

Campaign Finance: escalation (July 7, 2016)

Campaign Finance: escalation – part 2 (July 8, 2016)

Kurt U. Schaefer (r) thinks your stoopit (July 9, 2016)

Campaign Finance: San Francisco! (July 13, 2016)

Campaign Finance: mean people are paying a lot of money to be mean to John Brunner (r)

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Since July 15th has passed we thought we’d take a look at the Federal Election Commission campaign finance report of LG PAC, the political action committee which started running television ads attacking republican gubernatorial candidate John Brunner in June. The LG PAC July quarterly report filed with the FEC covers the period from April 1st to June 30th.

FEC FORM 3X
REPORT OF RECEIPTS AND DISBURSEMENTS
For Other Than An Authorized Committee
FILING FEC-1086703
1. LG PAC
520 WEST 103RD STREET
SUITE 243
KANSAS CITY, Missouri 64114
2. FEC Committee ID #: C00617340
3. This committee has NOT qualified as a multicandidate committee (see FEC Form 1M)
4. Report Type = JUL QUARTERLY
Filed: 07/15/2016
5. Covering Period 04/01/2016 Through 06/30/2016
Column A
This Period
Column B
Year To Date
6. (a) Cash on hand, January 1, 2016
0.00
(b) Cash on hand at Beginning of Reporting Period 0.00
(c) Total Receipts (from line 19) 2300004.00 2300004.00
(d) Subtotal (6(b) + 6(c) for A, 6(a) + 6(c) for B) 2300004.00 2300004.00
7. Total Disbursements 2221046.70 2221046.70
8. Cash on Hand at Close of Reporting Period 78957.30 78957.30
9. Debts and Obligations Owed TO the Committee 0.00
Itemize all on SCHEDULE C or SCHEDULE D
10. Debts and Obligations Owed BY the Committee 0.00
Itemize all on SCHEDULE C or SCHEDULE D
Treasurer: Richard Monsees
Date Signed: 07/15/2016

[emphasis added]

That’s $2,300,004.00 in contributions and $2,221,046.70 in expenditures.

And where did the money come from?:

SCHEDULE A
ITEMIZED RECEIPTS
All Listed Line Numbers
[….]
Freedom Frontier P.O. Box 341016
Austin, Texas 78734
06/01/2016 1500000.00 1500000.00

Freedom Frontier P.O. Box 341016
Austin, Texas 78734
06/22/2016 300000.00 1800000.00

Freedom Frontier P.O. Box 341016
Austin, Texas 78734
06/29/2016 500000.00 2300000.00

So, that’s three different contributions of $1,500,000.00, $300,000.00, and $500,000.00 from the same entity over a period of four weeks. Note the address: P.O. Box 341016 Austin, Texas 78734

And how was all that money spent?:

SCHEDULE B
ITEMIZED DISBURSEMENTS
All Listed Line Numbers
Committee: LG PAC
[….]
Clark Hill PLC 601 Pennsylvania Ave NW Suite 1000 N. Bldg
Washington, DC 20004
06/30/2016 Legal fees 6311.50

Main Street Media Group P.O. Box 25093
Alexandria, Virginia 22313
06/02/2016 Media Buy 964964.00

Main Street Media Group P.O. Box 25093
Alexandria, Virginia 22313
06/15/2016 Media Buy 375552.50

Main Street Media Group P.O. Box 25093
Alexandria, Virginia 22313
06/23/2016 Media Buy 414681.50

Main Street Media Group P.O. Box 25093
Alexandria, Virginia 22313
06/30/2016 Media Buy 459336.50

That’s a lot of “media”.

We looked for Freedom Frontier at the Federal Election Commission and came up with Freedom Frontier Action Network, which interestingly, has a Custodian of Records/Designated Agent with the very same address as Freedom Frontier:

FEC FORM 1
STATEMENT OF ORGANIZATION
FILING FEC-1041757
1. FREEDOM FRONTIER ACTION NETWORK
4790 CAUGHLIN PARKWAY #767
RENO, NV 89519
Email: so@gobergroup.com
NOTE: Email address is different than previously reported
2. Date: 01/07/2016
3. FEC Committee ID #: C00496372
This committee supports/opposes more than one Federal candidate and is NOT a separate segregated fund or a party committee.
Affiliated Committees/Organizations
NONE
Custodian of Records:
Shannon O’Leary
PO Box 341016
Austin, TX 78734

Title: Assistant Treasurer

Treasurer:
Scott Bensing
4790 Caughlin Parkway
#757
Reno, Nevada 89519
Title: Treasurer
Phone # (775) 771-4724

Designated Agent(s):
Shannon O’Leary
PO Box 341016
Austin, Texas 78734

Title: Assistant Treasurer

Banks or Depositories
Wells Fargo
420 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, California 94104

Signed: Scott Bensing
Date Signed: 01/23/2016

[emphasis added]

Very interesting.

On January 25, 2016 the Federal Election Commission accepted [pdf] the termination of Freedom Frontier Action Network’s involvement with federal elections (and hence, their need to file disclosure reports with the FEC).

We’ve looked for a Freedom Frontier PAC in Missouri, Texas, and Nevada. It could be our poor search skills, but we couldn’t find anything in those systems.

So, as it stands, someone or many people are possibly spending $2,300,000.00 to be really mean to John Brunner (r). And we still don’t know who is behind it.

Previously:

PAC people are being mean to John Brunner (r) (June 4, 2016)

PAC people are being mean to John Brunner (r) – part 2 (June 5, 2016)

Campaign Finance: once more, with feeling

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….Yes, but the eventual republican nominee will have all the money they need….

The problem for republicans is that they haven’t determined who that is yet.

Today at the Missouri Ethics Commission – a familiar amount for John Brunner’s (r) 2016 gubernatorial campaign, from John Brunner:

C151077 07/23/2016 MISSOURIANS FOR JOHN BRUNNER John Brunner 11939 Manchester Road #151 St Louis MO 63131 Retired Retired 7/22/2016 $1,000,000.00

[emphasis added]

That’s personal commitment. Is it possible for anyone to spend all that money in the next week?

Previously:

Campaign Finance: Why be any different? (July 19, 2016)

Senator Tim Kaine is Hillary Clinton’s pick for VP

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Senator Tim Kaine [May 2012 file photo].

Senator Tim Kaine [May 2012 file photo].

Yesterday, from Hillary Clinton:

HillaryKaine072216

Hillary Clinton‏@HillaryClinton
I’m thrilled to announce my running mate, @TimKaine, a man who’s devoted his life to fighting for others. -H 7:11 PM – 22 Jul 2016

From Cecile Richards at Planned Parenthood:

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Cecile Richards‏@CecileRichards
.@HillaryClinton’s VP pick @TimKaine earned a 100% rating on the Planned Parenthood Action Fund scorecard in the Senate. 7:12 PM – 22 Jul 2016

Action in Virginia:

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Siva Vaidhyanathan ‏@sivavaid
Keep hearing Kaine is “safe” and “not courageous.” Here in Virginia he won statewide opposing the NRA, coal, and the death penalty. 8:27 PM – 22 Jul 2016

On language:

EdwardDavis072316

Edward Mejia Davis ‏@TeddyDavisCNN
.@timkaine was the 1st person to deliver a Senate floor speech entirely in Spanish-today, it hangs in his DC office. 9:07 AM – 23 Jul 2016

Bersin072316

Michael Bersin ‏@MBersin
And, Senator Tim Kaine (D) @timkaine is not Governor Mike Pence (r). 9:24 AM – 23 Jul 2016

Okay. There’s work to be done.

Campaign Finance: not to be outdone

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Catherine Hanaway (r) [2015 file photo].

Catherine Hanaway (r) [2015 file photo].

Today at the Missouri Ethics Commission for Catherine Hanaway’s (a) 2016 gubernatorial campaign:

C141055 07/22/2016 HANAWAY FOR GOVERNOR, INC Herzog Contracting Corp P O Box 1089 St Joseph MO 64502 7/22/2016 $100,000.00

[emphasis added.

$100,000.00 must be the new $5,001.00 – at least in the two weeks before the primary.

And from a Rex Sinquefield supported PAC:

C141055 07/22/2016 HANAWAY FOR GOVERNOR, INC Grow Missouri 308 E High Street Suite 301 Jefferson City MO 65101 7/22/2016 $319,151.25

[emphasis added]

That would make $4,231,520.00 from Rex Sinquefield or Rex Sinquefield supported PACs. Fancy that.

Previously:

Campaign Finance: subsidiary (July 2, 2016)

Campaign Finance: An even $3,912,368.75 (July 15, 2016)

Campaign Finance: endless Summer

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Or, at least, until August 2nd. Today at the Missouri Ethics Commission for Eric Greitens’ (r) 2016 gubernatorial campaign:

C151053 07/22/2016 GREITENS FOR MISSOURI Jerald L Kent 13351 Buckland Hall Road St Louis MO 63131 Cequel III Chairman and CEO 7/22/2016 $100,000.00

Can actually vote in the primary, can vote in the general election, and can write the check. Trifecta! It ain’t $1,975,000.00, but it’ll do.

Previously:

Eric Greitens (r) – January 2016 Quarterly Campaign Finance Report – “Running for governor in which state?” (January 17, 2016)

Campaign Finance: another billionaire (July 14, 2016)

Governor – July 2016 campaign finance reports (July 17, 2016)

Campaign Finance: Oh, like they couldn’t come up with another $25,000.00? (July 18, 2016)

Campaign Finance: Such a nice gesture, but why bother? (July 21, 2016)

Campaign Finance: Such a nice gesture, but why bother?

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What are your contributors gonna do after you get $1,975,000.00 from a PAC?

Today at the Missouri Ethics Commission for Erc Greitens’ (r) 2016 gubernatorial campaign:

C151053 07/21/2016 GREITENS FOR MISSOURI Pat Curran 57 X Street Lake Lotawana MO 64086 C3 Partner 7/20/2016 $5,001.00

[emphasis added]

Someone who can actually vote in the primary!

Previously:

Eric Greitens (r) – January 2016 Quarterly Campaign Finance Report – “Running for governor in which state?” (January 17, 2016)

Campaign Finance: another billionaire (July 14, 2016)

Governor – July 2016 campaign finance reports (July 17, 2016)

Campaign Finance: Oh, like they couldn’t come up with another $25,000.00? (July 18, 2016)

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