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The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) has been funneling a lot of money (the source which we don’t know yet) to prop up Brian Stumpe, the republican in the 19th Judicial Circuit race challenging incumbent Judge Patricia Joyce (D). Still, we can see what their “local” PAC does with the money through reports to the Missouri Ethics Commission. Why is this race so important? Court challenges to statewide ballot initiative language are filed in the Cole County circuit (which includes Jefferson City). You think right wingnuts get upset when the court sometimes won’t let them have their way with obfuscatory ballot language?

From the RSLC Missouri PAC eight days before the election report:

CONTRIBUTIONS AND LOANS RECEIVED

RSLC-MISSOURI PAC [pdf] 10/27/2014

Republican State Leadership Committee

1201 F Street, NW

Washington DC 20004

10/3/2014

$100,000.00

Republican State Leadership Committee

1201 F Street, NW

Washington DC 20004

10/10/2014

$100,000.00

Republican State Leadership Committee

1201 F Street, NW

Washington DC 20004

10/15/2014

$10,700.00

Republican State Leadership Committee

1201 F Street, NW

Washington DC 20004

10/21/2014

$35,250.00

Republican State Leadership Committee

1201 F Street, NW

Washington DC 20004

10/23/2014

$22,800.00

[emphasis added]

And they gave a really big chunk of that change to the republican challenger:

EXPENDITURES AND CONTRIBUTIONS MADE

RSLC-MISSOURI PAC 10/27/2014

C.Contributions Made (Regardless of Amount)

Citizens for Stumpe

611 E Capitol Avenue

Jefferson City MO 65101

10/3/2014

$100,000.00

[emphasis added]

And they also have to report what they spent the money on:

ITEMIZED EXPENDITURES OVER $100 SUPPLEMENTAL FORM

RSLC-MISSOURI PAC 10/27/2014

Smart Media Group, LLC

1427 Leslie Avenue

Suite 100

Alexandria VA 22301

10/3/2014

Media Placement and Production $100,000.00

Candidate Command, LLC

1420 NW Vivion

Suite 113

Kansas City MO 64118

10/15/2014

Mail Postage and Production $10,666.00

Candidate Command, LLC

1420 NW Vivion

Suite 113

Kansas City MO 64118

10/21/2014

Mail Postage and Production $34,108.00

Candidate Command, LLC

1420 NW Vivion

Suite 113

Kansas City MO 64118

10/23/2014

Mail Postage and Production $12,776.00

Hanold Communications

630 Browns Court, SE

Washington DC 20003

10/21/2014

Media Production

$1,070.00

[emphasis added]

Television (?), radio (?) and a lot of mail.

And who they spent the money against:

DIRECT EXPENDITURE REPORT

RSLC-MISSOURI PAC 10/27/2014

This form is used when expenditures listed on form CD3 have been made directly on behalf of [or in opposition to] a candidate or ballot measure issue. Candidate committees making expenditures only on behalf of the candidate for which their committee was formed do not complete this form.

[in opposition to:]

Patricia Joyce

PO Box 105827

Jefferson City MO 65110

Circuit Judge

Circuit 19

Division 4

10/21/2014 $1,070.00

Patricia Joyce

PO Box 105827

Jefferson City MO 65110

Circuit Judge

Circuit 19

Division 4

10/23/2014 $12,776.00

Patricia Joyce

PO Box 105827

Jefferson City MO 65110

Circuit Judge

Circuit 19

Division 4

10/21/2014 $34,108.00

Patricia Joyce

PO Box 105827

Jefferson City MO 65110

Circuit Judge

Circuit 19

Division 4

10/15/2014 $10,666.00

Patricia Joyce

PO Box 105827

Jefferson City MO 65110

Circuit Judge

Circuit 19

Division 4

10/10/2014 $100,000.00

[emphasis added]

They’re carpet bombing the voters with direct mail.

We’re at the point in the campaign calender where PACs (and all other campaigns) must report significant expenditures within twenty-four hours. The RSLC Missouri PAC has filed a couple of those, too:

CONTRIBUTIONS AND LOANS RECEIVED

RSLC-MISSOURI PAC [pdf] 10/27/2014

Republican State Leadership Committee

1201 F Street, NW

Washington DC 20004

10/27/2014

$12,800.00

EXPENDITURES AND CONTRIBUTIONS MADE

B.Itemized Expenditures All Over $100

Candidate Command, LLC

1420 NW Vivion

Suite 113

Kansas City MO 64118

10/27/2014

Mail Postage and Production

$12,776.00

DIRECT EXPENDITURE REPORT

[in opposition to:]

Patricia Joyce

PO Box 105827

Jefferson City MO 65110

Circuit Judge

Circuit 19

Division 4

10/27/2014 $12,776.00

[emphasis added]

Fancy that.

CONTRIBUTIONS AND LOANS RECEIVED

RSLC-MISSOURI PAC [pdf] 10/30/2014

Republican State Leadership Committee

1201 F Street, NW

Washington DC 20004

10/29/2014

$16,200.00

Republican State Leadership Committee

1201 F Street, NW

Washington DC 20004

10/30/2014

$1,250.00

EXPENDITURES AND CONTRIBUTIONS MADE

B.Itemized Expenditures All Over $100

Smart Media Group, LLC

1427 Leslie Avenue

Suite 100

Alexandria VA 22301

10/29/2014

Media Placement and Production

$16,200.00

Four Winds Consulting

311 S Summit Avenue

Villa Park IL 60181

10/30/2014

Digital Production

$1,250.00

DIRECT EXPENDITURE REPORT

[in opposition to:]

Patricia Joyce

PO Box 105827

Jefferson City MO 65110

Circuit Judge

Circuit 19

Division 4

10/29/2014 $16,200.00

Patricia Joyce

PO Box 105827

Jefferson City MO 65110

Circuit Judge

Circuit 19

Division 4

10/30/2014 1,250.00

[emphasis added]

That’s close to $300,000.00 against an incumbent in a county circuit judge race. There’s probably plenty more where that came from.

Now, tell us again why we don’t need campaign finance limits and campaign finance reform in Missouri.

Previously:

Campaign Finance: Who is getting propped up this time? (October 3, 2014)

Campaign Finance: Now we know… (October 6, 2014)

Campaign Finance: But wait, there’s more… (October 12, 2014)

Others are noticing (October 17, 2014)

Campaign Finance: topping off the tank (October 17, 2014)

What you’d get to see of a campaign finance full moon if the RSLC cut a check in Missouri (October 20, 2014)

Campaign Finance: be the judge (October 23, 2014)

Campaign Finance: a Cole County courtroom drama (October 27, 2014)