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Right wingnuttia has started their air campaign against Representative Ike Skelton (D). I saw this particular ad on television this evening:

Announcer: Thirty-four years ago Rocky was in movie theaters, Missouri’s economy was humming along, and Ike Skelton first went to Washington. Today Skelton supports the Pelosi agenda ninety-five percent of the time. Under their control spending has skyrocketed, the defecit has tripled, and nearly one in ten Missourians are unemployed. Now they want to pass a new energy tax which could cost a Missouri family thousands. Tell Skelton he works for Missouri, not Nancy Pelosi.

[Paid for by Americans for Prosperity]

Apparently, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D) is the personification of evil.

Uh, I was around for the Reagan and Daddy Bush administrations. All hype, no substance, and the economy sucked (except for people in certain tax brackets). It took Bill Clinton to turn it around.

And who was the President from January 2001 to January 2009 who left the big mess? Just asking.

The listing for “Americans for Prosperity” with the Federal Election Commission:

Committee ID: C30001051

AMERICANS FOR PROSPERITY

2111 WILSON BLVD STE 350

ARLINGTON, VA 22201

Treasurer Name:

Committee Designation:   (N/A)

Committee Type:   N/A

“Americans for Prosperity” filed [pdf – click on “Filed Documents”] paperwork with the Missouri Secretary of State’s office on March 26, 2010 as a “Foreign Nonprofit Corporation”. The officers and board, as reported in the filing:

Art Pope, Chairman

Frayday Levy, Director

James C. Miller, Director

Jim Stephenson, Director

Tim Phillips, President

John Flynn, Secretary

John Flynn, Treasurer

I tried scraping around to find an IRS 990 form and have had no luck yet. Chalk that one up to my Internets searching skills.

I did find this interesting little snippet of information at the Missouri Ethics Commission:

LOBID:L002591

Lobbyist’s Name Carl Bearden

Principal(s) listed by Lobbyist

Principal Name/Address/Phone   Status   Date Added   Date Deleted

AMERICANS FOR PROSPERITY AND FOUNDATION

912 EAST BROADWAY

COLUMBIA MO

D 11/9/2007 7/3/2010

That’s interesting. And what happened on July 3, 2010?

An “Americans for Prosperity Foundation” filed [pdf – click on “Filed Documents”] an annual report with the Missouri Secretary of State’s office on September 11, 2009. The officers and board:

David Koch

Art Pope

Richard Fink

Walter Williams

Debra Gail Humphreys

Tim Phillips, President

John Flynn, Secretary

John Flynn, Treasurer

Well, there are a few names in common.

The 2008 IRS 990 [pdf] form for the Americans for Prosperity Foundation is chock full of interesting information:

1 Briefly describe the organization’s mission or most significant activities Educate citizen leaders on ensuring economic freedom and opportunity.

8 Contributions and grants (Part VIII, line 1h)

Prior Year 5,476,046.

Current Year 7,500,059.

15 Salaries, other compensation, employee benefits (Part IX, column (A), lines 5-10)

Prior Year 2,124,037.

Current Year 2,234,014.

19 Revenue less expenses. Subtract line 18 from line 12

Prior Year -1,072,849.

Current Year -684,765.

4a (Expenses $ 3,048,529. including grants of $ 0) National office – educate citizens in support of restraining federal government growth, and returning government to its constitutional limits.

4b (Expensses $ 3,870,879. including grants of $ 0) State chapters – educate citizens in support of restraining state government growth, and returning government to its constitutional limits. State chapters are located in Kansas, Texas, North Carolina, California, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Virginia, Colorado, Oregon, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Florida, Georgia, North Dakota, South Dakota, South Carolina, Arizona, Louisiana, and New Hampshire.

Schedule A, Part II, Support Schedule for Organizations Described in Sections 170(b)(1)(A)(iv) and 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)

1 Gits, grants, contributions and membership fees received. (Do not include ‘unusual grants.’)

(a) 2004  1,140,151.

(b) 2005  3,349,739.

(c) 2006  3,954,449.

(d) 2007  5,476,046.

(e) 2008  7,500,059.

(f) Total  21,420,444.

Schedule M, Non-Cash Contributions

4 Books and publications 14,078. Fair market value

9 Securities-Publicly traded 260,614. Fair market value

Schedule O, Supplemental Information to Form 990

Pt VI-A, Line 2 One board member is an employee of a company owned more than 35% by another board member.

[emphasis added]

I wonder, has anything in Representative Ike Skelton’s (D) political career ever not appeared to be all about following the Constitution? Just asking.