Monday, June 13, 2016

Kinder Gets Limbaugh Endorsement

From the Kinder email blast…

Have you been listening to the radio lately? We had another great development as I continue my fight for Missouri, and I want you to be one of the first to know.

I am honored to share with you that I've been formally endorsed by my lifelong friend, a conservative icon, Rush Limbaugh. (Listen to it here.)…

Endorsing is something Rush rarely does. I am humbled and grateful for his belief in my campaign for Governor. Earning the trust and support of voters across Missouri is one of the most rewarding aspects of my campaign….


Follow up on Pense Fundy

MOScout tipster says these were some of the politicos seen at Rex Sinquefield’s fundraiser last week for Mike Pence… Sens. Bob Onder and Kurt Schaefer, Reps. Robert Cornejo, Shamed Dogan, Justin Hill, Kirk Matthews, and John Wiemann, and House candidates Mark Milton (running against Rep. Deb Lavender in House 90) and Greg Pugh running in House 119 (Dave Hinson’s seat).

MOScout reader: I find it interesting that many of those hosting the fundraiser for him actively and vehemently opposed Medicaid expansion in Missouri. I guess all is forgiven that Governor Pence spearheaded a conservative Medicaid solution for Indiana.  Gov. Pence benefits from Missouri by receiving campaign contributions and its tax dollars.  I call that a win-win.


In the large contributions below – see some shuffling of money from a couple Sinquefield committee.  Most importantly is $278,688 – an odd number, but it’s not an in-kind, it’s cash – going to the Catherine Hanaway campaign.


NYTimes on Payday Industry

New York Times reports on efforts by Christian groups to cap interest rates charged by the pay day loan industry.  See it here.

Pull Quote: Molly Fleming, a Roman Catholic from Kansas City, Mo., who leads the payday lending reform campaign for the faith-based organization PICO.  “In Missouri, the interest rate cap on payday loans is 1,950 percent annual percentage rate,” she said. “They are charging an average of 450 percent A.P.R.”

And payday lenders, which tend to base themselves close to the working poor, are ubiquitous. “In Missouri, we have more payday lenders than Walmart, Starbucks and McDonald’s combined,” Ms. Fleming said…

When Ms. Fleming’s organization informally polled Christians in Missouri, “a majority of every ideological group supported interest rate caps,” she said. “But conservative Republicans supported them even more than moderate Republicans.” Ms. Fleming’s theory is that conservative Republicans are more likely to be conservative Christians, and thus more aware of the Bible’s condemnation of usury — which is explicit in the Old Testament, and often inferred from the New Testament.


Schmidty Wedding

Congrats to MOWonk’s Brian Schmidt on his marriage to Sarah Clark. Spotted at the wedding… former Sen. Jon Dolan, developer Paul McKee, Raise Your Hand’s duo Linda Rallo and Erin Brower, newly engaged twosome Heidi Geisbuhler and Chris Sutherland, Mike Gibbons, Don Thalhuber, Trent Watson whose wife Amber Watson (from Munzy’s office) provided the flowers; infanticipating Richard and Susan Moore, MOChamber’s Brendan Cossette, and Nixon’s 3rd floor guy Jason Zamkus.


Readers Weigh In on Sauer IP “Flaw”

Reader 1: As I recall, when the last contribution law, which excluded the financial industry, was struck done by the courts, it was as a result of how the legislature enacted the law [Hammerschmidt violation]… but assuming the ethics IP is/will be enacted correctly, it may be a little more difficult to overturn this constitutional amendment. Financial industry not exactly a protected class...

Reader 2: Missouri based and non-based business corporations incorporated in another state, such as Delaware, would likewise be denied participation. Oddly, a foreign LLC that registers per Mo Ch. 347 would be allowed to participate. These distinctions do not make sense.


Spotlight on Greitens Surrogate

The spring and summer politicos are keeping busy by Googling Eric Greitens’ donors and supporters…

[T]he Greitens campaign released a web video earlier this week featuring veterans who served with or otherwise knew Greitens, each vouching for his service and character… I thought it was interesting that the video prominently featured Kaj Larsen, a highly controversial journalist with Vice News.  Kaj went through SEAL training (BUD/S) with Greitens, and they also served alongside each other as SEAL officers attached to SWCC units in Thailand… Larsen is definitely not a conservative.  His only federal political donation was to Barack Obama. Moreover, he has been outspoken in his opposition to a number of traditional conservative political views, including individuals' Second Amendment rights….



Press release: Keeping a commitment made in his State of the State address this past January, Gov. Jay Nixon today signed House Bill 1941, the Missouri Fantasy Sports Consumer Protection Act, into law. The Act establishes a number of consumer protection measures and creates a regulatory framework for fantasy sports contests in Missouri… Under the Missouri Fantasy Sports Consumer Protection Act, the Missouri Gaming Commission will exercise broad regulatory authority over the operators of fantasy sports sites. This authority will include the ability for the Commission to investigate and license operators, as well as take action against operators who violate the Act.


NYTimes reports that in North Dakota there’s a debate about setting limits on big corporate farms.  See it here.


Today’s Events

Powered by Mary Scruggs’ indispensable events calendar:

Sen. Ryan Silvey Golf – Shoal Creek Golf Course – Kansas City.

House candidate Vicki Englund Reception – Cafe Napoli, Clayton – 5:30PM.


Lobbyists Registrations

Dana Koehn added Shire; and deleted Baxalta US Inc.

Chris Grimm deleted Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

William England III deleted Brydon, Swearengen & England PC.

Susan Swayze deleted Susan B Anthony List.


$5K+ Contributions

People for Solon - $10,000 from Missouri Freedom.

ASA Midwest PAC - $20,570 from American Subcontractors Association Midwest Council.

Parson for Missouri - $10,000 from Cheyenne International LLC.

HealthPAC - $15,700 from Health Care Leadership Committee State Account.

Teamsters Local 838 Political Action Fund - $25,000 from DRIVE Committee.

Grow Missouri - $289,017 from Missourians for Excellence in Government.

Hanaway for Governor Inc - $278,688 from Great St. Louis.

Citizens for Steve Stenger - $10,000 from Centene Management Company LLC.

Friends of Nick King - $10,000 from Missouri Freedom.

Civic Progress Action Committee - $7,500 from RGA Reinsurance Company.

Citizens for Stephen Webber - $20,000 from CHIPP Political Account.

David Cort for Missouri - $11,000 from David Cort.

Ashcroft for Missouri - $10,000 from Evergreen Investments LLC.

Citizens for Stephen Webber - $10,000 from Zevan & Davidson Law Firm.

Citizens for Stephen Webber - $20,000 from CHIPP Political Account.



Happy birthday to Michelle Pleus.