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Previously:

Campaign Finance: Payday loans get the big bucks, again (September 27, 2011)

Campaign Finance: Isn’t that interest(ing)? (August 24, 2011)

Campaign Finance: big bucks for a payday loan PAC (August 20, 2011)

Limit predatory interest rates? Why would anyone want to do that?

Today, 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

C111153 MISSOURIANS FOR EQUAL CREDIT OPPORTUNITY [pdf] 11/10/2011

Missourians for Responsible Government P O Box 45571 Kansas City, MO 64171 11/10/2011 $150,000.00

[emphasis added]

Why, there must be grassroots support for the payday loan industry, right? One would have to look at a previous quarterly campaign finance report to ascertain that:

REPORT SUMMARY

MISSOURIANS FOR EQUAL CREDIT OPPORTUNITY [pdf] 10/15/2011

1. Total Receipts For This Election Previously Reported $107,279.50

2. All Monetary Contributions Received This Period $250,000.00

10. Expenditures made by cash or check this period $18,777.75

12. Expenditures incurred this period (not Indebtedness including loans) including payments made by credit card (line 17 CD3) $30,129.50

27. Money On Hand at the close of this reporting period $246,633.10

[emphasis added]

Yep, add $150,000.00 [from who?] in one fell swoop to that and you’ve got a nice pile of cash.

And the previous grassroots contributions?:

CONTRIBUTIONS AND LOANS RECEIVED

MISSOURIANS FOR EQUAL CREDIT OPPORTUNITY [pdf] 10/15/2011

Missourians for Responsible Government P O Box 45571 Kansas City MO 64171 9/26/2011 $250,000.00

B. NON-ITEMIZED CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED AMOUNT

(LIST BY CATEGORY, NOT BY INDIVIDUAL CONTRIBUTIONS) RECEIVED

11. TOTAL CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED AT FUND-RAISERS AS REPORTED INLINE 8 ON FORM CD1A $0.00

12. TOTAL ANONYMOUS CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED FROM PERSON GIVING $25 OR LESS $0.00

13. TOTAL MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED FROM PERSONS GIVING $100 OR LESS $0.00

14. TOTAL IN-KIND CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED FROM PERSONS (NOT COMMITTEES) GIVING $100 OR LESS $0.00

[emphasis added]

Nope, no grassroots there.

And what are they spending money on?:

EXPENDITURES AND CONTRIBUTIONS MADE

MISSOURIANS FOR EQUAL CREDIT OPPORTUNITY [pdf] 10/15/2011

A. Expenditures of $100 or Less by Category

Check Printing Fee $20.95

Wire Transfer Fee $11.00

B. Itemized Expenditures All Over $100

Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP 230 W McCarty St Jefferson City MO 65101 9/30/2011 Legal Fees $18,745.80

Graves Bartle Marcus & Garrett LLC 1100 Main Street Suite 2700 Kansas City MO 64105 9/30/2011 Legal Fees $30,129.50

[emphasis added]

Well, that’s special.