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Before the August 3rd primary we received a photocopied flyer on our doorstep in the name of a right wingnut astroturf organization in support of proposition C and in opposition to federal health care reform legislation. Of course, it’s much ado about nothing because of the supremacy clause in the U.S. Constitution, but it does serve republican posturing.

Let’s take a look at the money.

They received some interesting contributions in the days leading up to the election – as reported to the 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

C101350 MISSOURIANS FOR HEALTH CARE FREEDOM [pdf] 7/30/2010

Ethelmae Humphreys

Joplin, MO Retired 7/29/2010

$25,000.00

[emphasis added]

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

C101350 MISSOURIANS FOR HEALTH CARE FREEDOM [pdf] 7/22/2010

Menlo Smith

St. Louis, MO Sunmark Capitol 7/22/2010

$5,000.00

[emphasis added]

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

C101350 MISSOURIANS FOR HEALTH CARE FREEDOM [pdf] 7/21/2010

Mark Andrews

Sanibel, FL Retired 7/21/2010

$10,000.00 [emphasis added]

[emphasis added]

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

C101350 MISSOURIANS FOR HEALTH CARE FREEDOM [pdf] 7/19/2010

Fred Sauer

St. Louis, MO Orion Investment Co. 7/19/2010

$5,000.00

[emphasis added]

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

C101350 MISSOURIANS FOR HEALTH CARE FREEDOM [pdf]7/19/2010

William Canfield

Kirkwood, MO Retired 7/17/2010

$5,000.00

[emphasis added]

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

C101350 MISSOURIANS FOR HEALTH CARE FREEDOM [pdf]6/28/2010

Ray Vincent

Chesterfield, MO US Auto Protection 6/28/2010

$5,000.00

Missourians for Goodman

Mount Vernon, MO 6/28/2010

$5,000.00

Citizens for Brad Lager

Savannah, MO 6/25/2010

$5,000.00

[emphasis added]

Ah, some of the usual suspects.

There were a few interesting contributions in the committee’s “eight day” report filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission on July 24th:

Detailed Summary of Contributions And Loans Received

Committee: MISSOURIANS FOR HEALTH CARE FREEDOM

Report Date: 7/24/2010

Midwest ENT Center PC Saint Peters, MO 7/19/2010 $1,000.00

August Busch III Saint Peters, MO Retired 7/22/2010 $1,000.00

Billy Long For Congress Seminole Springfield, MO 7/22/2010 $100.00

[emphasis added]

Yep, that Billy Long.

The expenditures:

Detailed Summary of Expenditures And Contributions Made

Committe: MISSOURIANS FOR HEALTH CARE FREEDOM

ReportDate: 7/24/2010

Media Placements Kansas City, MO 7/20/2010 yard signs 6300 $3,000.00

Market and Communications Research Kansas City, MO 7/6/2010 campaign management 14192.37 $5,000.00

John Hancock and Assoc Chesterfield, MO 7/9/2010 fundraising 499.55 $499.55

Phelan Design Group Wildwood, MO 7/9/2010 graphic design 1462.5 $1,462.50

Media Placements Kansas City, MO 7/9/2010 yard signs 6300 $3,300.00

Market and Communications Research Kansas City, MO 7/9/2010 online/social media 14192.37 $2,000.00

Market and Communications Research Kansas City, MO 7/16/2010 campaign management 14192.37 $5,000.00

Market and Communications Research Kansas City, MO 7/20/2010 travel reimbursements 14192.37 $2,192.37

CAMPAIGN Date Established:5/21/2010

COMMITTEE: MECID:C101350

MISSOURIANS FOR HEALTH CARE FREEDOM

KANSAS CITY MO 64171

TREASURER: PATRICK TUOHEY

[emphasis added]

Market and Communications Research, Inc.? Any connection [pdf]?

We also received three mail pieces from the Missouri Hospital Association in opposition to proposition C (and yes, they did spend a lot of money, too):

The MHA asks the question that the teabgger opponents to health care reform legislation never seem to want to answer: “Should Missourians who already pay for health insurance also have to pay for those who choose not to pay?”

The best quote about the outcome of the Proposition C vote, given the usual republican turnout in these August primaries: “It’s like expecting Red Sox fans to vote for the Yankees.”