Tuesday August 15, 2017

Hawley Has $10M Commitment

Real money, real quick.  Politico reports that “The Club for Growth has raised $10 million to support a Senate run by Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, two Republicans with knowledge of the group's fundraising said. The 37-year-old Hawley, who has formed an exploratory committee but has not yet officially entered the race against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, is the establishment Republican pick for the race. The Club for Growth and other prominent Republican outside groups have expressed excitement about his candidacy, and McCaskill is considered one of the Senate's most vulnerable Democrats. One major donor pledged to match millions of dollars in donations earmarked for Hawley, and the Club has been collecting donations against that pledge, the two Republican sources said.”

What It Means: There’s going to be an ocean of ad dollars sloshing around this US Senate race. It will define the cycle in Missouri in 2018.  Auditor Nicole Galloway and her Republican opponent Speaker Todd Richardson will have less control over if the outcome of their own race, and instead very much at the mercy of the tides of this US Senate race.

 

Baker New Senate Administrator

The press release: Senate Leadership announced today the hiring of Patrick Baker to serve in the role of Senate administrator. The Senate administrator acts in the capacity of the chief executive officer of the Senate and oversees all operations of the Senate, coordinating directors and all Senate staff… Baker currently serves as the Missouri State Disaster Recovery Coordinator, but he has also served as the chief of staff for the Lt. Governor and as a policy director for the Senate Majority Caucus… Baker replaces Marga Hoelscher who retired in June. His duties as Senate administrator will begin Sept. 1, 2017.

 

Holsy Hangs Real Estate Shingle

From Sen. Jason Holsman, Real Estate Agent at Chartwell…

Friends and Associates,

I’m proud to announce that I am a licensed Realtor in both Missouri and Kansas. I’ve teamed up with broker Brant Elsbury and Chartwell Realty.

A good Real Estate Agent will listen to the client and protect their interests during the process. Sometimes negotiations can get tough and the best agents have the ability to respectfully remain committed to their client’s position for the best possible outcome. For the past decade I have been in service of the public going head to head debating professional negotiators and I’m ready to put that experience to work for you…

Email Contact: Holsmanhomes@gmail.com

 

Franks Calls on Colleagues

Rep. Bruce Franks statement: “I want to offer my prayers and condolences to Heather Heyer’s mother and her entire family and to the other individuals and the families who were injured in the terrorist attack in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday.  As a member of the Missouri General Assembly, I am calling on ALL of Missouri’s highest elected officials to state unequivocally that they condemn the actions of the hateful groups that initiated the horror in Charlottesville…”

 

New Committees

Missouri First was formed.  It’s a PAC with Cheri Gibson as the treasurer.  Gibson is the office manager for lobbying firm Bardgett and Associates.

Patriots for Property PAC was formed.  Its treasurer is Collins Chetwin.  The address and telephone number listed for the committee are that of McShane Law Firm in Springfield.  Brandy McShane is a Democratic committeewoman in Springfield.

The PAC was formed.  It’s the latest filed with Heather Grote acting as treasurer.  She’ a Republican fundraiser who also recently filed Gunzlinger PAC and PWPAC.

Christine Hedges started a campaign committee to run for St. Charles County Council in District 3 as an Independent.  Her treasurer is Cheryl Hibbeler, former Democratic councilmember.

 

Bits

Press release: [Today] Governor Eric Greitens will host Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer and participate in a roundtable to discuss Missouri and Israel's friendship and economic partnership…. [It’s] being co-hosted by the BioSTL and the Missouri Partnership. The Governor will also host the Israeli ambassador for a dinner in the Governor's mansion.

 

Iron County Superintendent Don Wakefield was fined $100 by the Missouri Ethics Commission for failing to put a “paid for” disclosure on campaign material for a levy.  See the consent order here.

 

eMailbag on New Dem 501c4

It will be interesting to see if Schaaf and Holsman want transparency or their version of farming more. Will they denounce this PAC if it doesn't promptly list all donors?

 

Today’s Events

From Mary Scruggs’ indispensable calendar:

House Victory Committee – McGurk’s Irish Pub – St. Louis - 5:30PM.

 

Lobbyists Registrations

Nancy Giddens and Shannon Cooper added Sprint Corporation

Brandon Koch deleted Farmers Group Inc.

 

$5K+ Contributions

KC Transportation Transit and Tourism Committee (KC3T) - $50,000 from Carpenters Help in the Political Process (CHIPP).

Liberty Alliance - $50,000 from Associated Builders and Contractors.

 

Birthdays

Happy birthday to former Rep. Pat Yaeger.