Saturday, November 5, 2016

Missouri Ethics Commission is Officially Useless, OKs Hiding Donor Identity

Want to make a contribution without anyone knowing?  The Missouri Ethics Commission says it’s allowed, so long as you run your contribution through a non-profit, preferably one that specializes in this sort of stuff.  See it here (SEALS for Truth) and here (LG PAC).

Oh and get this… They found no grounds for coordination between LG PAC coordinated with the Greitens campaign.  Well of course they found no grounds for that: if you don’t know the source of the $2.2 million that LG PAC spent for Greitens, how can you know if they coordinated it? You don’t know who they are so how can you know what they did or didn’t do? See it here.


In the Goguen Brunner defamation lawsuit case.  Eric Greitens and his treasurer Jeff Stuerman will be deposed by Brunner’s attorneys AFTER the election.  It’s not scheduled for December 15.


Greitens Promises Term Limits

In this mailer (see it here) Eric Greitens promises to “shake things up in Jeff City, end the culture of corruption, and enact term limits to kick the career politicians out of office.”

If he wins, he should be pleasantly surprised that Missouri enacted term limits a quarter-century ago in 1992….  Just check that one off on Day One.  DONE!


The Two Remington Polls

It was interesting to see the suddenly tight Senate 19 race according to Remington’s poll yesterday.  I hadn’t polled Senate 19 since the beginning of October.

More interesting to me, was looking inside the polls to how the House districts were shaping up.

In the Senate 1 poll, Sen. Scott Sifton was leading his Republican rival across all House districts except House 94 and House 95.  House 95 is Rep. Marsha Haefner’s district and has been thought to be a safe Republican seat.

But House 94 is Rep. Cloria Brown’s seat where a recurring duel is happening again with Vicki Englund.  Republican Randy Jotte’s strength there is a troubling sign for the environment for Englund.

And in Senate 19, Stephen Webber is leading Caleb Rowden in House 47 where Republican Rep. Chuck Basye faces a tough challenge from Democrat Susan McClintic.


Humane Society Legislative Fund Follow-Ups

I wrote yesterday about Humane Society Legislative Fund spending $132K against Chris Koster.

One MOScout reader: Too often, when people read about the "Humane Society" they think of the Humane Society of Missouri since it is the largest humane society in the state...  the Humane Society of Missouri has high praise for Koster and all that he has done to address the puppy mill problem in the state of Missouri…


Panel for Goldman Vacancy

To fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Steven Goldman in St. Louis County, the 21st Circuit Commission announced its panel.  The panel of nominees from which Governor Jay Nixon must choose are: John Borbonus III, Mary Ott, and Stanley Wallach.


St. Louis City Contemplating New Wireless Network?

From the RFP… The City has been approached by a number of wireless carriers for vendor specific small cell deployments requiring access to City infrastructure. The number of small cells is anticipated to be several hundred over the next couple years. A preapproved design that maintains wireless vendor neutrality will help expedite a small cell installation for all wireless carriers. A public-private partnership model can provide a fast, well-engineered, and professionally managed system that maximizes the overall benefits to the City, the community businesses, and telecommunications providers. The City is looking for an optimal partnership that will maximize benefit to all parties by bringing extensive industry knowledge and technical expertise to this process….

Respondent shall provide consulting and planning services to identify City assets to market… At no cost to the City and as an advocate for the City, Respondent shall exclusively market City assets or to build out the wireless infrastructure to Carriers (including Verizon, T‐Mobile, Sprint, AT&T, Mobilitie, Crown Castle, American Tower, Extenet, Boingo and other Carriers and neutral host providers.  The purpose of the Marketing Plan is to build out wireless capacity that lays the foundation for sustained economic growth.


New Committees and Amended Committees

Pam McDaniel is the new treasurer for Rep. Andrew McDaniel’s committee.  See it here.

New Approach changed its committee to support a 2018 effort for marijuana reform.  See it here.

Mary West started a committee to run for St. Charles Councilperson as a Republican.  See it here.


Today’s Events

From Mary Scruggs’ indispensable events calendar:

Patriot Paws Banquet – Boone Cty. VFW Post 280 – Columbia.


Lobbyists Registrations

Claude Brown added Rockwood Management, and Cortex Corp.

Scott Penman, Kaycee Nail, Jessica Petrie and David Winton added Fosteradopt Connect.

John Cozad deleted Seniorlink Inc.


$5K+ Contributions

Vote Yes on 3 for Kids - $200,000 from RAI Services Company.

Vote Yes on 3 for Kids - $100,000 from RAI Services Company.

Greitens for Missouri - $100,000 from JN Pritzker.

Vote Yes on 3 for Kids – $66,875 from RAI Services Company.

Vote Yes on 3 for Kids – $54,285 from RAI Services Company.

Vote Yes on 3 for Kids – $50,000 from RAI Services Company.

Teresa Hensley for Missouri - $40,000 from Democratic Attorneys General Association Missouri.

Missouri Senate Campaign Committee - $25,000 from Friends of Mike Cunningham.

Russ Carnahan for Missouri - $25,000 from CHIPP Political Account.

Democratic Attorneys General Association Missouri - $25,000 from Purdue Pharma L.P.

Democratic Attorneys General Association Missouri – $25,000 from National Beer Wholesalers Association.

Democratic Attorneys General Association Missouri - $25,000 from Midland Credit Management, Inc.

Koster for Missouri - $25,000 from Democratic Governors Association Missouri.

Democratic Attorneys General Association Missouri - $15,000 from Chevron Policy Government & Public Affairs.

Committee to Elect Randy Jotte - $22,500 from Eastern Missouri Senate PAC.

MO Cable PAC - $20,493 from Missouri Cable Telecommunications Association.

Mark Milton for State Rep - $15,027 from House Republican Campaign Committee Inc.

Sarah Unsicker for State Representative - $15,000 from Missouri Democratic State Committee.

Koster for Missouri - $12,500 from Planned Parenthood Votes St. Louis.

Vote Yes on 3 for Kids – $11,500 from RAI Services Company.

Koster for Missouri - $10,000 from CBH Services Inc.

Parson for Missouri - $10,000 from Missourians for Responsible and Better Government.

Parson for Missouri - $10,000 from Citizens to Elect Mike Kehoe.

Koster for Missouri - $10,000 from Carey & Danis LLC.

Russ Carnahan for Missouri - $10,000 from LIUNA Local PAC Fund.

Koster for Missouri - $9,280 from Sheet Metal Workers Local 36.

Central Missouri Senate Republican PAC - $7,000 from Missouri Senate Campaign Committee.

Citizens for Jeff Helscher -$6,906 from Missouri Realtors Political Action Committee.

MO State Council of Firefighters - $6,157 from Firefighters for Missouri Governor 2016.

Koster for Missouri - $5,900 from Working America Coalition AFL-CIO.

Missouri Farm Bureau Federation State PAC - $5,600 from Missouri Farm Bureau Federation Federal PAC.

Site Improvement Association of Missouri PAC - $5,401 from SITE Improvement Association.



Happy birthdays to Cora Faith Walker, Aaron Jeffries, Brad Ketcher, and Angie Postal.

Sunday: Reps. Keith Frederick and Joe Runions.