Follow the money.

On Monday, January 21, 2008 the Warrensburg Daily Star-Journal [no link, they’re still in the 19th century] ran a front page story (below the fold) on David Pearce’s 4th quarter campaign finance report. The story in the paper reads like a press release:

Pearce Surpasses $90,000 For Race

“…I am humbled by the overwhelming trust and support that the constituents of the 31st Senatorial District have shown me…One of the things I’m most pleased about is that we have nearly 100 donations from private individuals who gave $100 or less. This shows we have a broad base of support…”

The rest of the release, er story, continues on to list highlights of Pearce’s almost non-existent legislative record (leaving out his advocacy of automotive deer hunting) and also lists a few manufactured honors from organizations like the republican front Missouri Farm Bureau.

Pearce’s press release fails to note that he loaned his campaign $25,000.00, that he’s paid $5,000.00 to a professional fundraiser, and that he only raised $23,735.00 in the fourth quarter. In addition, there is no mention of the $1,500.00 total from five different “astroturf” (fake grassroots) PACs with the same Jefferson City address which show up on Pearce’s recent fourth quarter report but does not show up in the PACs’ reports.

So much for “grassroots” support.

Rumor has it that the republican powers that be don’t consider Pearce an “A-list” candidate. Is he feeling the pressure? Is he padding his report to scare away potential primary challengers? Or is his campaign just incompetent?

Let’s follow the money from those committees that Pearce’s report states gave him money. Who financed them? Is this some grassroots group with a lot of small contributors?

Not hardly:

From the  Missouri Ethics Commission:

Detailed Summary of Contributions And Loans Received

Committee: ALLIANCE FOR BUSINESS AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION

Report Date: 1/5/2007

Central Medical Political Action Committee 101 E. High Street Jefferson City, MO 65101 12/20/2006 $500.00

[emphasis added]

The Central Medical Political Action Committee terminated on  12/20/2006:

Detailed Summary of Contributions And Loans Received

Committee: CENTRAL MEDICAL POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE

Report Date: 7/13/2006

Capital Health Management, Inc. P.O. Box 7688 Columbia, MO 65205 04/19/2006 [$]10,000.00 [aggregate to date] $5,000.00

[emphasis added]

Who did they give money to?

Detailed Summary of Expenditures And Contributions Made

Committe: CENTRAL MEDICAL POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE

ReportDate: 7/13/2006

Committee for Common Sense Values P.O. Box 2041 Jefferson City, MO 6510204/18/2006 $1,000.00

Committee for Common Sense Values P.O. Box 2041 Jefferson City, MO 65102 05/17/2006 $1,000.00

Committee for Ethical Reform 1367 Windle Road Cuba, MO 65453 05/17/2006 $1,000.00

Citizens for (John) Burnett 3418 Gladstone Blvd. Independence, MO 64123 06/16/2006 $325.00

It’s an elaborate campaign finance shell game! But, we digress. Getting back to what’s been happening recently:

Detailed Summary of Contributions And Loans Received

Committee: ALLIANCE FOR BUSINESS AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION

Report Date: 10/11/2007

Capital Health Management, Inc. P.O. Box 7688 Columbia, MO 65205 07/17/2007 $24,000.00

22. TOTAL:  ALL MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS (SUM 9, 11, 12 & 13) $24,000.00

23. MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS AND LOANS RECEIVED REQUIRING A RECORD OF NAME AND ADDRESS (SUM 9, 13 & 20) $24,000.00

[emphasis added]

Why, there’s that same big contributor!

Detailed Summary of Contributions And Loans Received

Committee: ALLIANCE FOR ELDERLY HEALTH CARE

Report Date: 10/12/2007

Capital Health Management, Inc. P.O. Box 7688 Columbia, MO 65205 07/17/2007 $24,000.00

[emphasis added]

Detailed Summary of Contributions And Loans Received

Committee: CITIZENS FOR INSURANCE REFORM

Report Date: 10/11/2007

Capital Health Management, Inc. P.O. Box 7688 Columbia, MO 65205 07/17/2007 $24,000.00

[emphasis added]

Let’s take a look at who does the paper work for one of these committees:

Date Established:11/2/2005

Date Terminated:

COMMITTEE: MECID:C051259

CITIZENS FOR NEW HEALTH CARE CONCEPTS

101 EAST HIGH STREET

JEFFERSON CITY MO 65101

TELEPHONE:573 634-3244

TREASURER: DONNA SCHELLMAN

101 EAST HIGH STREET

JEFFERSON CITY MO 65101

WORK PHONE: 573 634-3244

HOME PHONE:

DEP. TREASURER: HARRY GALLAGHER

101 EAST HIGH STREET JEFFERSON CITY MO 65101

WORK PHONE:573 634-3244

[emphasis added]

Okay, back to another one of our five curious “astroturf” committees:

Detailed Summary of Contributions And Loans Received

Committee: CITIZENS FOR NEW HEALTH CARE CONCEPTS

Report Date: 10/10/2007

Capital Health Management, Inc. P.O. Box 7688 Columbia, MO 65205 07/17/2007 $24,000.00

[emphasis added]

Detailed Summary of Contributions And Loans Received

Committee: COALITION FOR ADVANCED LEARNING

Report Date: 10/10/2007

Capital Health Management, Inc. P.O. Box 7688 Columbia, MO 65205 07/17/2007 $24,000.00

[emphasis added]

Thata’s some serious amount of money. So, who are they? From the Missouri Secretary of State:

CAPITAL HEALTH MANAGEMENT, INC. Legal

MISSOURI VALLEY MANAGEMENT, INC. Prev Legal

General Business – Domestic – Information

Charter Number: 00421851

Status: Good Standing

Entity Creation Date: 1/31/1996

State of Business.: MO

Expiration Date: Perpetual

Last Annual Report Filed Date:  3/28/2007

Last Annual Report Filed: 2007

Annual Report Month: January

Registered Agent

Agent Name: Markel, Will A.

Office Address: 206 Peach Way, P. O. Box 7688

Columbia MO 65205

2007 Annual Registration Report

Capital Health Management, Inc.

Officers

Pres  Jeff E. Smith

V-Pres Monica A. Swoboda

Sec’y Will A. Markel

Board of Directors

Jeffrey Edward Smith

…all other officers and directors

Kimberly A. Olden

Will A. Markel

So, what do they do? This appears to be one thing:

WILSHIRE AT LAKEWOOD

600 N E MEADOWVIEW DRIVE

LEES SUMMIT MPO, MO 64064

RELIGIOUS NONMEDICAL HEALTH CARE INSTITUTIONS SNF/NF (DISTINCT PART)

Beds – Total (Total number of beds in a facility, including those in non-Participating or non-licensed areas): 120

Beds – Total certified (Number of beds in Medicare and/or Medicaid certified areas within a facility): 120

Beds – Nursing facility (Number of Medicaid certified skilled nursing care beds in a facility): 100

Multi-Facility organization name (The name of the multi-Facility organization that owns the facility): CAPITAL HEALTH MANAGEMENT INC

Multi-Facility organization owned (Indicates if a facility is owned by an organization that owns (or leases) two or more nursing facilities): Yes

[emphasis added]

Well, look at this:

Wilshire at Lakewood and Lisa Jochims. Case 17-CA-21564

September 30, 2004

DECISION AND ORDER

BY CHAIRMAN BATTISTA AND MEMBERS LIEBMAN AND WALSH

ORDER

The National Labor Relations Board [pdf] orders that the Respondent, Wilshire at Lakewood, Lee’s Summit, Missouri, its officers, agents, successors, and assigns, shall

1. Cease and desist from

(a) Terminating employees for engaging in protected concerted activities.

(b) Telling employees that they are terminated for engaging in protected concerted activities.

(c) Interrogating employees concerning their own or others’ protected concerted activities.

(d) Creating an impression among its employees that their protected concerted activities are under surveillance.

(e) Disparately prohibiting employees from telephoning nurses at the facility.

(f) Disparately enforcing its no-solicitation/nodistribution rule.

(g) Maintaining in its employee handbook a disciplinary rule prohibiting the misrepresentation of a material fact in an attempt to obtain a benefit or advantage.

(h) Maintaining in its employee handbook a disciplinary rule prohibiting making a false or malicious statement about a resident, employee, supervisor, or the Company.

(i) Maintaining in its employee handbook a disciplinary rule prohibiting paycheck disclosure.

(j) Maintaining in its employee handbook a disciplinary rule that prohibits soliciting or distributing material during working time or in any work area or resident care area.

(k) In any like or related manner interfering with, restraining, or coercing employees in the exercise of the rights guaranteed them by Section 7 of the Act.

Did they own this facility in 2004?

It’s amazing what you can see just by following the trail of crumbs from one thing to the next.

David Pearce, did you bother to try and figure any of this out?