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Yesterday at 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

C091269 FREEDOM PAC [pdf] 2/25/2011

The Adam Smith Foundation

P O Box 21

Jefferson City, MO 65102

2/25/2011

$25,000.00

[emphasis added]

Adam Smith Foundation? Where have we seen that before? Oh, yeah:

Missouri’s Adam Smith Foundation gives $498,000 to repeal California’s greenhouse gas law (April 19, 2010)

Missouri’s Adam Smith Foundation and the repeal of California’s AB 32 – that $498,000, from where? (August 6, 2010)

Anyway, back to Freedom PAC which is opposing the renewal of the earnings tax on the April 5th ballot in Kansas City:

Paid for by FREEDOM PAC, James Thomas, Treasurer  © Copyright 2011 KANSAS CITY TAX REFORM.

What have they opposed locally in the recent past?:

DIRECT EXPENDITURE REPORT

FREEDOM PAC [pdf] 2/25/2011

B. BALLOT MEASURES

School District Levy

Lee’s Summit School Dist

2/8/2011

$1,000.00

KC E-Tax

KCMO

4/5/2011

$32,500.00

[emphasis added]

Ah, they’re one of those right wingnut front groups that wants to defund everything.

And who else has been giving them money?:

CONTRIBUTIONS AND LOANS RECEIVED

FREEDOM PAC [pdf] 2/25/2011

American Democracy Alliance

1100 Main Street

Kansas City MO 64105

1/28/2011

$50,000.00

[emphasis added]

Ah, the usual suspects. Now, if we could only figure out who is bankrolling their bankrollers.

And what have they been spending that money on?:

ITEMIZED EXPENDITURES OVER $100 SUPPLEMENTAL FORM

FREEDOM PAC [pdf] 2/25/2011

Wilson Research Strategies, LLC

1319 Classen Drive

Oklahoma City OK 73103

2/9/2011

benchmark study

$32,268.00

Law Office of James C. Thomas III

4131 N. Mulberry Drive

Suite 200

Kansas City MO 64116

2/9/2011

Legal Fees

$600.00

Axiom Strategies, LLC

1251 NW Briarcliff Pkwy

Suite 85

Kansas City MO 64116

2/11/2011

Survey

$1,000.00

Axiom Strategies, LLC

1251 NW Briarcliff Pkwy

Suite 85

Kansas City MO 64116

2/11/2011

General Consulting Services

$7,500.00

Axiom Strategies, LLC

1251 NW Briarcliff Pkwy

Suite 85

Kansas City MO 64116

2/1/2011

General Consulting and Field Staff

$10,000.00

Axiom Strategies, LLC

1251 NW Briarcliff Pkwy

Suite 85

Kanssa City MO 64116

2/11/2011

Tax Reform Website (production)

$15,000.00

[emphasis added]

Surveys, staff, a web site!

Any bets they’re planning on a monster direct mail campaign?