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We noticed this large campaign contribution (via the Missouri Ethics Commission) a few days ago.

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

C101512 VOTE YES TO STOP DOUBLE TAXATION [pdf] 8/30/2010

MO Association of Realtors Issues Mobilization

PAC

Columbia, MO

8/30/2010

$150,000.00

And even more interesting, the committee was newly formed:

Date Established: 8/26/2010

Date Terminated:

COMMITTEE: MECID:C101512

VOTE YES TO STOP DOUBLE TAXATION

JEFFERSON CITY MO

[emphasis added]

On August 31st, five days after the committee was formed and one day after the committee received its contribution, a judge ordered that the initiative be placed on the ballot. It would appear that the supporters of the initiative were supremely confident in their legal arguments.

Via Dave Helling at the Kansas City Star:

Judge orders Carnahan to place real estate tax initiative on ballot

Cole County judge Paul Wilson has ordered Secretary of State Robin Carnahan to certify an inititiative petition that seeks to prohibit imposition of real estate transfer taxes in the state….

The two docket entries for August 31st are interesting:

10AC-CC00504 – R D MCCELLAND ET AL V ROBIN CARNAHAN

08/31/2010

Docket Entry:   Notice of Appeal Filed

Text: Defandant’s Notice of Appeal to the Supreme Court of Missouri filed. jab

Filing Party: MORGAN , JEREMIAH JOSEPH

Docket Entry: Judgment Entered

Text: Now on this 31st day of August, 2010, the Court takes up this matter for the purpose of entering its final Judgment. As explained in the Court’s Memorandum Opinion, incorporated herein as if fully set forth, it is the Judgment of this Court that Petition No. 2010-046, submitted to the Secretary of State on May 2, 2010, contains constitutionally sufficient number of valid signatures and fully complies with the Constitution of the State of Missouri and Chapter 116 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri. Therefore, pursuant to Section 116.200.2 RSMo (2000), the Secretary of State (“Secretary”) is hereby ORDERED to certify this Petition as sufficient and take all other actions necessary to ensure that the constitutional amendment proposed in this Petition is put before the voters in the November 2, 2010, general election. Such actions shall include, but not be limited to, the Secretary sending a copy of this Judgment and an amendment to her original Section 116.240 certification and notice, dated August 24, with a certified copy of the legal notice and sample ballot for the constitutional amendment proposed in this Petition. SO ORDERED this 31st day of August, 2010./s/PCW/rd

Filing Party: WILSON , PAUL CAMPBELL

A judgment and a notice of appeal.

It’s all in the timing.