Thursday, October 13, 2016

Trump’s Man in MO seeks Election Observers

Aaron Willard’s email blast warns of the “rigged system.”

---------- Forwarded message ----------

From: "Aaron Willard" <>

Subject: An Important Message from Donald Trump: Help My Campaign Stop Crooked Hillary From Stealing This Election!!!


*Stop Crooked Hillary From Stealing This Election! *

"The mainstream media (MSM) are trying to rig this election in order to advance their liberal, far left agenda for another 4 years and beyond. Crooked Hillary Clinton has been the mouthpiece for the corrupt Washington DC system that the MSM keeps alive through direct propaganda and support. It is time we bring CHANGE to the White House, defeat the rigged system, and Make America Great Again!" -- Donald J. Trump

We all know Crooked Hillary will say and do anything it takes to win this election, and that is something we must not allow to happen!

I'm sure you've seen the problems Missouri has had with recent elections. Just this year, numerous precincts failed to provide enough Republican ballots on Election Day and a primary election for state representative needed a "do-over."

Don't sit idly by and let Crooked Hillary Clinton steal the election for the White House!

Please fill out this form now to receive more information about becoming a volunteer Election Observer and make sure that the information you provide in this form matches your voter registration information. As always, thank you for all you do to elect Donald Trump the next President of the United States!


Aaron Willard

Missouri State Director

Donald J. Trump for President Inc.

Paid for by Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.


Politico Bits

For Republicans sticking with their Trump endorsement, it could be another one of those days.  See it here. DONALD TRUMP faces a barrage of new allegations, with at least four women coming forward, on the record, in stories published within hours of one another on Wednesday, to accuse him of touching them without their consent. Trump and his team is denying it all as a partisan smear campaign, but at times yesterday evening it felt like the walls were closing in on his presidential bid. -- @rulajebreal: “Ten women made allegations of sexual assault against Trump in one day: 4 in BuzzFeed 2 in NYT 2 Guardian 1 in Palm Beach Post 1 on FB”

And see Trump’s attorney’s letter threatening to sue the NYTimes here.


Politico reports on the Monmouth poll released yesterday.  See it here.  Not much new news here, and as the mighty Jason Rosenbaum mentioned on Twitter the sample size is a relatively small 400 person survey.


Politico reports that Hillary Clinton’s transition team recently hired John Jones, chief of staff to Rep. Emanuel Cleaver IISee it here.


Blunt Kander Bits

There have been really good ads this cycle. Here’s another one.  It’s a pro-Jason Kander ad from the third-party group, Vote Vets. See it here.


It looks like Heartland Resurgence, a SuperPAC with Blunt ties, is buying more TV.  See an ad contract here.  Read a Post-Dispatch article about the PAC here.


And Kander’s team crows on their out-raising Roy Blunt last quarter… “Jason Kander's campaign today announced its most successful quarter yet with over $3.8 million raised from July through September – with over $3 million raised for the Kander campaign and over $780,000 for the Missouri Democratic Party federal account, outraising the Blunt campaign.”


Meanwhile the KC Star reports on a lawsuit against Jason KanderSee it here.  Pull Quote: A Bulgarian immigrant who began working in the Missouri secretary of state’s office in 2008 claims the office unfairly passed him over for promotion in favor of an African-American woman, contending in a lawsuit that pressure to bring racial diversity cost him advancement. The suit, which was filed last year, names Secretary of State Jason Kander and his commissioner of securities, Andrew Hartnett, as defendants. Kander is a Democrat running for the U.S. Senate against Republican incumbent Roy Blunt…Manolov still works for the secretary of state. Some of his claims date to when Robin Carnahan led the office, but Blunt’s campaign has promoted the case in the Senate race. Kander took over in 2013.


Parson’s First GE Ad

Here’s Mike Parson’s first ad for the general election. See it here.  I think his tagline is “I’ll be for the many, not the money.”


Early October Filings

The reporting deadline is not until Monday, but here are some early filings…

In House 72, Republican Dan Hyatt has only $545 on-hand to take on incumbent Rep. Mary Nichols who has $62,290 on-hand.

Running in House 90 against Democratic incumbent Rep. Deb Lavender, Republican Mark Milton reported a healthy $76K on-hand.  And he’ll have lots of help from HRCC.  I expect Lavender to hold despite the spirited race.

Sens. Jay Wasson and Jason Holsman have nice war-chests of $291K and $163K respectively.

Sen. Will Kraus’ October filing shows someone who left everything on the field in his statewide attempt:  $16K in the bank and $25K in debt.

The UAW Region 5 PAC has shown up among large contributors.  It still has $117K on-hand.



As his recent Twitter announcement that he was being let go from the KC Star, Yael Abouhalkah is entering the blogosphere at least for a while.  Here’s one of his recent posts on the cross-currents in KC politics.


Joplin Globe endorsed Amendment 4 which prohibits an expansion of the sales tax.  See it here.  Lawmakers already are making decisions when it comes to tax breaks or tax credits for businesses or activities lawmakers want to reward or the state wants to encourage. That shrinks revenues for state needs and prompts calls for new, or higher taxes.  If that decision must be made, we’re more comfortable with it coming from Missouri voters, at the ballot box, as opposed to lawmakers at a restaurant table with a lobbyist sitting on the other side.


Rep. TJ Berry explains why he’s endorsing Amendment 3.  See it here.


St. Louis Business Journal reports on Scott Zajac’s latest investment venture. See it here. Zajac runs Rockwood Asset Management.  Its lobbyists roster in Jefferson City is pretty huge: John Bardgett, Jacqueline Bardgett, Sam Wiles, Andy Blunt, Angela Schulte, Jay Reichard, Mark Schwartz, Chris Moody, Jeff Rainford, Ed Rhode, Megan Schackelford, Mike Gibbons, Tricia Workman, Brad Ketcher, Zach Brunnert, Richard McIntosh, Francis Flotron, Bill Stouffer, and David McCracken.


It’s a sign of our times… Chris Koster amid the Republicans. See it here.


New Committees

Citizens to Save Jackson County Jobs was formed to oppose Question #3 (Shall Jackson County discontinue applying and collecting the Local Sales tax on the titling of motor vehicles that were purchased from a Source other than a Missouri dealer/Jackson County).  The treasurer is Alex AyalaSee it here.

Committee to Re-Elect Mike Twyman Western Commissioner was formed. He’s running for commissioner in Ray County.  See it here.

Citizens for Lisa Waltrip.  She’s running for Public Administrator of Warren County.  See it here.

Carol Hexem formed a committee to run for State Treasurer for the Green Party.  See it here.

Dan Stallman formed a committee to run for Jefferson County Council (District 6) as a Republican.  See it here.


Reed for Mayor

Lewis Reed said he’s running for Mayor so this isn’t a big surprise.  But the President of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen officially changed his campaign committee to say that he’s running for mayor.  See it here.


Other Committees Amendments

Jason Fulbright resigned as deputy treasurer of the committee of Phil Amato, an Arnold Councilman.  See it here.


MEC Actions

The Missouri Ethics Commission dismissed a complaint against Alderwoman Cara Spencer that her anti-payday loan bill presented a conflict of interest.  See it here.

They fined Wendell Wycuff and Citizens for Progress in Ash Grove $4,900 for a failure to file campaign finance reports.  See it here.

They fined members of St. Louis City Special Administrative Board $100 for not having a proper ‘paid for’ disclosure.  See it here.

They fined Mike McMillan and the Friends of St. Louis City Schools $2,000 for not filing expenditure reports.  See it here.


eMailbag on Hawley as Tough Lawyer

Josh Hawley, who has never argued a case in a Missouri court room, says he is a "tough lawyer."  I guess that means that if he ever does appear in a real court room, the opposing lawyers will have to chew a little harder as they eat him for lunch….


Today’s Events

Powered by Mary Scruggs’ indispensable events calendar:

Mark Matthiesen / Jean Evans Picnic – Faust Park – Chesterfield – 5:30PM.

Peter Meridith Turning MO Districts Blue – Amsterdam Tavern on Morganford, St. Louis – 5:30PM.

Bill Otto – Women for Otto – Ces and Judy’s, 10405 Clayton Rd – St. Louis – 6PM.


Lobbyists Registrations

David Jackson added Missouri Health Care Association.


$5K+ Contributions

Missouri Democratic State Committee - $95,000 from American Association for Justice.

Missouri Democratic State Committee - $70,000 from Teresa Hensley for Missouri.

Missouri Democratic State Committee - $15,000 from Missourians for Byron DeLear.

Missouri Democratic State Committee - $6,426 from Rucker for Missouri.

Koster for Missouri - $10,000 from Wagstaff & Cartmell LLP.

Koster for Missouri - $99,000 from Missouri Democratic State Committee.

Koster for Missouri - $50,400 from Missouri Democratic State Committee.

Citizens Committee for Soil, Water and State Parks - $20,300 from The Nature Conservancy.

Planned Parenthood Votes St. Louis - $195,000 from Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

Parson for Missouri - $10,000 from Romine for Senate.

Rucker for Missouri - $6,714 from Missouri Democratic State Committee.

Koster for Missouri - $250,000 from NEA Fund for Children and Public Education.

House Republican Campaign Committee Inc - $16,000 from Friends of Joe McGaugh.

Vote Yes on 3 for Kids - $1,134,702 from RAI Services Company.

Friends of Caleb Rowden - $25,000 from Citizens to Elect Mike Kehoe.

Missouri Democratic State Committee - $10,250 from Citizens for Stephen Webber.

Missouri Democratic State Committee - $10,250 from Citizens for Stephen Webber.

Missouri Democratic State Committee - $100,000 from Koster for Missouri.

Missouri Democratic State Committee - $16,000 from Scott Sifton for Missouri.

Friends for Chuck Basye - $16,354 from House Republican Campaign Committee.

Seniors Count Campaign Committee - $10,000 from Friendship Village Chesterfield.

Mary Nichols for State Rep - $20,132 from Missouri Realtors PAC Inc.

MO Republican Paryt - $75,000 from Greitens for Missouri.

Teresa Hensley for Missouri - $300,000 from Democratic Attorneys General Association Missouri.

Teresa Hensley for Missouri - $10,000 from Davis, Bethune & Jones LLC.

Teresa Hensley for Missouri - $50,000 from Engineers Political Education Committee.



Happy birthdays to Rep. Linda Black, Larry Pleus, and former Rep. John Mayfield.