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…and pretty soon you’re talking serious money.

The folks promoting the repeal of earnings taxes in Kansas City and St. Louis got another economic boost from their supporter. Their web site states:

Welcome to the official website of the Let Voters Decide Coalition. Our group was formed to support the initiative proposed for the November 2010 state ballot…

[emphasis added]

Reported today at the Missouri Ethics Commission [pdf]:

MISSOURI ETHICS COMMISSION

CONTRIBUTION OF MORE THAN $5,000.00 RECEIVED BY ANY COMMITTEE FROM ANY SINGLE DONOR – TO BE FILED WITHIN 48 HOURS OF RECEIVING THE CONTRIBUTION

LET VOTERS DECIDE 6/4/2010

C101013

Rex A. Sinquefield

Westphalia, 6/3/2010

$2,534,000.00

[emphasis added]

Let’s take a look at the “Let Voters Decide” first quarter campaign finance report filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission on April 15th:

Detailed Summary of Committee Disclosure Report

Committe: LET VOTERS DECIDE

ReportDate: 4/15/2010

1. TOTAL RECEIPTS FOR THIS ELECTION PREVIOUSLY REPORTED $0.00

2. ALL MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED THIS PERIOD $1,000,545.00

9. TOTAL ALL RECEIPTS THIS ELECTION(SUM 1B + 7A – 8A) $1,000,545.00

15. TOTAL EXPENDITURES THIS ELECTION (SUM 10B + 14A) $889,541.68

28. MONEY ON HAND AT THE CLOSE OF THIS REPORTING PERIOD (SUM 25 + 26 – 27) $111,003.32

Okay, let’s take a look at where all that money came from. That’s got to be a serious grass roots fundraising effort. Wrong:

Detailed Summary of Contributions And Loans Received

Committee: LET VOTERS DECIDE

Report Date: 4/15/2010

A. ITEMIZED CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED FROM COMMITTEES REGARDLESS OF THE AMOUNT, OR FROM PERSONS GIVING MORE THAN $100 TO A COMMITTEE.

Rex Sinquefield Westphalia MO Retired 01/19/2010 $500,000.00

Robert F. Poli St. Louis MO Washington University Education 01/13/2010 $200.00

Rex Sinquefield Westphalia MO Retired 01/19/2010 $500,000.00

13. TOTAL MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED FROM PERSONS GIVING $100 OR LESS $345.00

That’s all of it. You’ve got wonder why Mr. Poli even bothered.

Now when one contributor funds $3,534,000.00 and a few others toss in a couple hundred bucks it’s beyond irony to call the promoter of the ballot initiative a “coalition” or the person funding it a “group.”

The expenditures:

Detailed Summary of Expenditures And Contributions Made

Committe: LET VOTERS DECIDE

ReportDate: 4/15/2010

Advertisers Printing Company Dept. Number 22925 St. Louis MO 02/23/2010 Printing $1,136.54

National Petition Management Roseville CA 01/21/2010 Petition Signature Gathering $120,000.00

Brown Printing Jefferson City MO 02/01/2010 Printing $2,615.13

Winner and Mandabach Campaigns Santa Monica CA 02/01/2010 Campaign Management $40,000.00

Charton Communications Columbia MO 02/01/2010 Communications $2,500.00

Johnston & Company Sarasota FL 02/01/2010 Communications $2,500.00

Peri Hall & Associates Inc Williamsburg MA 02/01/2010 Internet Outreach $2,500.00

Peri Hall & Associates Inc Williamsburg MA 02/01/2010 Internet Outreach $12,550.00

Initative Law Group St. Louis MO 02/01/2010 Legal Services $2,500.00

CommonGround Public Relations Chesterfield MO 02/01/2010 Media Support $2,500.00

National Petition Management Roseville CA 02/01/2010 Petition Signature Gathering $48,764.48

Blitz Bardgett & Deutsch Jefferson City MO 02/01/2010 Legal Services $17,500.00

Winner and Mandabach Campaigns Santa Monica CA 02/23/2010 Campaign Management $25,000.00

Charton Communications Columbia MO 02/23/2010 Communications $2,500.00

Peri Hall & Associates Inc Williamsburg MA 02/23/2010 Internet Outreach $5,550.38

Johnston & Company Sarasota FL 02/23/2010 Campaign Operations $12,196.68

Winner and Mandabach Campaigns Santa Monica CA 02/23/2010 Campaign Management $7,500.00

Brown Printing Jefferson City MO 02/23/2010 Printing $2,615.13

National Petition Management Roseville CA 02/23/2010 Petition Signature Gathering $103,042.76

Blitz Bardgett & Deutsch Jefferson City MO 02/23/2010 Legal Services $30.20

Winner and Mandabach Campaigns Santa Monica CA 02/23/2010 Campaign Management $2,500.00

Winner and Mandabach Campaigns Santa Monica CA 02/23/2010 Campaign Management $2,500.00

Post Master St. Louis MO 03/05/2010 Postage $185.00

Post Master St. Louis MO 03/05/2010 Rental Fee $585.00

Blitz Bardgett & Deutsch Jefferson City MO 03/09/2010 Legal Services $17,500.00

National Petition Management Roseville CA 03/09/2010 Petition Signature Gathering $229,439.59

Advertisers Printing Company Dept. Number 22925 St. Louis MO 03/09/2010 Printing $1,293.48

Winner and Mandabach Campaigns Santa Monica CA 03/09/2010 Campaign Management $5,000.00

Winner and Mandabach Campaigns Santa Monica CA 03/09/2010 Campaign Management $47,900.00

SalientPoint LLC Boston MA 03/09/2010 Media Services $9,825.56

Brown Printing Jefferson City MO 03/18/2010 Printing $2,615.13

Johnston & Company Sarasota FL 03/18/2010 Campaign Operations $10,762.50

CommonGround Public Relations Chesterfield MO 03/18/2010 Media Support $7,514.41

Laura Barlow Winter St. Louis MO 03/18/2010 Campaign Outreach $6,200.00

Charton Communications Columbia MO 03/18/2010 Communications $2,500.00

Winner and Mandabach Campaigns Santa Monica CA 03/18/2010 Campaign Management $25,209.30

National Petition Management Roseville CA 03/18/2010 Petition Signature Gathering $74,510.41

Pelopidas St. Louis MO 03/29/2010 Campaign Services $30,000.00

[emphasis added]

Ah, the usual suspects.

This is the golden rules of politics. He who has the gold apparently “decides”.