Friday, July 1, 2016

Taxpayer Protection Amendment Revs Up

Missourians for Fair Taxation reported a batch of large contributions from the Missouri Bankers Association.  Fair Taxation is the campaign committee to support the initiative petition which would forbid any expansion of the sales tax.

Right now services are not subject to the state sales tax.  This constitutional amendment, being called the Missouri Taxpayer Protection Amendment, would cement that position.  Bankers provide services, so it’s natural they’d support the effort.

The checks from the bankers represents a broadening of the coalition behind the proposal which has mainly been pushed by the realtors.

Billionaire political player Rex Sinquefield has long argued that the state would be better off without an income tax.  However the only way to eliminate the income tax and not create a massive budget hole would be to expand the sales tax.

Realtors definitely don’t want a sales tax on real estate transactions, so they’re trying to pre-empt any such attempt.  They are force just by themselves.  As one observer quips: “no one does yard signs better than realtors.”

Now their coalition is growing…


Other Large $$$ Notes

Rowden Money

Rep. Caleb Rowden in a hot general election race in Senate 19 against Rep. Stephen Webber pulled in $100K from the Republican Senate’s campaign committee.  Sen. Mike Kehoe added another $10K on top.

Onder for Eigel

Sen. Bob Onder threw $5K to his St. Charles senator of choice, Bill Eigel, running against Rep. Anne Zerr in Senate 23.  Soon-to-be former Rep. Mark Parkinson also pitched in $5K to Eigel as well.


Rizzo Ad

Rep. John Rizzo, running in Senate 11, released his first TV ad.  See it here.  “We’re a family of three, and soon we’ll be four…”

The press release: The television spot “Family” will run after the 4th of July weekend, beginning July 5, and will Include 2,400 GRPs on cable over four weeks and 750 GRPs on broadcast over three weeks. The total amount of the ad buy is $158,400.


AFL-CIO Target Missouri

The AFL-CIO will be running digital ad against Senator Roy BluntSee screenshots of them here.

The press release: Today the AFL-CIO launched the first round of ads in six key battleground states: Ohio, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Florida and Wisconsin. The ads are uniquely targeted to reach working people and draw attention to Senate candidates whose policies are against the interests of working families… The ads will run initially on Facebook and drive traffic to specific petitions on issues that matter to working people, including restoring the Voting Rights Act, comprehensive immigration reform, infrastructure investment and opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership.


Money Players

Jo Mannies looks at the Rex Sinquefield and David Humphreys money maze.  See it here.

Pull Quote:  “The primary season is more about issue-based elections, not a donor-based election,” [Travis] Brown said. “We don’t want the message to be about a donor, we want it to be about the issues.”


Today’s Events

From Mary Scruggs’ indispensable events calendar:

Jeff Roorda Golf – Union Hills Golf Ctr. – Pevely – Noon..

Tommie Pierson Reception – St. Luke Memorial – St. Louis – 5PM.


Lobbyists Registrations

Andrew Zellers added Brightergy LLC.

Jennifer Durham deleted Missouri Anheuser-Busch Wholesalers Association.


$5K+ Contributions

Missourians for Fair Taxation - $15,000 from MBA Pony Express Region PAC.

Missourians for Fair Taxation - $10,000 from MBA Mark Twain Region PAC.

Missourians for Fair Taxation - $15,000 from MBA Ozark Region PAC.

Missourians for Fair Taxation - $15,000 from MBA River Heritage Region PAC.

Missourians for Fair Taxation - $10,000 from MBA Gateway Region PAC.

Missourians for Fair Taxation - $10,000 from MBA Truman Region PAC.

Missourians for Fair Taxation - $10,000 from MBA State PAC.

Missourians for Fair Taxation - $15,000 from MBA Capitol Region PAC.

Missourians for Fair Taxation - $5,001 from Missouri Time Sales Service Inc.

Citizens to Elect Kurt Schaefer Attorney General - $20,000 from David Steward.

Greitens for Missouri - $50,000 from Michael Lukacs.

Greitens for Missouri - $10,000 from Harold Beznos.

Hawley for Missouri - $10,000 from IMMVAC Inc.

Rizzo for Missouri - $5,001 from Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters PAC.

Missouri Senate Campaign Committee - $10,000 from AGC of MO PAC.

Koster for Missouri - $100,000 from United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, AFL-CIO.

Koster for Missouri - $25,000 from MHA Health PAC.

Greitens for Missouri - $5,001 from Scott Rozier.

Greitens for Missouri - $15,000 from Dan Cobb.

Early Childhood Education Initiative - $100,000 from RAI Services Company.

Grow Missouri - $231,972 from Great St. Louis.

With Robin Smith in 2016 Committee - $15,000 from Western Missouri and Kansas Laborers’ District Council PAC.

Russ Carnahan for Missouri - $15,000 from Eastern Missouri Laborers’ Educational & Benevolent Fund.

MO State Teachers Assoc Legislative Impact Co - $10,000 from Southwest Region MSTA.

Teresa Hensley for Missouri - $25,000 from CHIPP Political Account.

New Approach Missouri - $20,000 from Timothy Reynolds.

Committee to Elect Jean Evans - $10,000 from David Humphreys.

Friends of Caleb Rowden - $100,000 from Missouri Senate Campaign Committee.

Friends of Caleb Rowden – $10,000 from Citizens to Elect Mike Kehoe.

Schmitt for Missouri - $10,000 from Anheiser-Busch Companies.

Eigel for Missouri - $5,001 from Onder for Missouri.

Eigel for Missouri - $5,500 from Citizens for Mark Parkinson.

Nicole Galloway for Missouri - $10,000 from CHIPP Political Account.

House Republican Campaign Committee Inc - $10,000 from AGC of MO PAC.



Happy birthdays to Rep. Charlie Norr, former Sen. Maida Coleman, former Rep. Connie Johnson, and John Bowman.

Saturday: former Rep. TJ McKenna, and Bruce Wylie.

Sunday: Duane Simpson, Sara Schuett, and Rachel Payton.

Monday: Sen. Ron Richard, former Rep. Joe Aull, Courtney Cole, Jim Moody, and Brian Millner.


MOScout News

No Weekly Poll this weekend. And I’m off Monday (Independence Day, yo!).  Back on Tuesday, July 5, that’s four weeks out from the primary Election Day. So I’ll have my initial election predictions for you… can’t wait I know!! Have a good weekend…