Tweet of the Debate?
Jeff Roe @jeffroe: Hold it together man… it’s all on the line… not just you, all of us.
Hensley Wasn’t a Fan of Koster
The Greitens team uncovered an old video of Teresa Hensley talking about when she took over the Cass County Prosecutor’s Office from Chris Koster and how it was “such a mess.” See it here.
Dems filed an ethics complaint based on the AP story of a Mission Continues donor list being used in the Greitens for Governor fundraising. See the complaint – filed by MO Dem Party Chair Roy Temple – here.
Greitens Deposition Follow-Up
Post-Dispatch reports that the deposition of Eric Greitens and his campaign treasurer by John Brunner’s attorneys didn’t happen yesterday as legal maneuvering continues. See it here.
Pull Quote: Greitens’ attorneys are arguing the request for information is “unduly burdensome, unreasonable, and oppressive.” They also seek a protective order asking that “discovery not be had from Mr. Greitens ... or any other member of the Greitens for Missouri gubernatorial campaign until after Election Day.”
The Post put up the subpoena on its website. See it here.
New Blunt Ad
A new Roy Blunt ad tries to refocus voters on Obamacare. See it here. It’s a been a tried and true issue for Republican in Missouri for the last couple cycles. Will it work its magic one more time?
Accountability on the Air
Although there have been a few big checks from David Humphreys’ Accountability Committee (including $500K to Eric Greitens in the large contributions below), I’m seeing ad contracts both on TV and a lot on radio across the state. It appears that Accountability is using radio ads to support those legislators who have supported right to work and are now in tight races.
Returning Government Ad?
I haven’t seen any ad contracts for Fred Sauer’s campaign contribution limit proposal. The campaign committee is Returning Government to the People. But on Facebook they put up a 30 second spot. It’s a no frills, straight forward ad with the campaign manager speaking to the camera. See it here.
Big Tobacco, Little Tobacco
Here are the current totals of how much we’ve seen in large contributions from the two sides of the tobacco fight happening over Amendment 3.
In favor of Amendment 3 is RAI Services. They’ve contributed over $9.5 million.
Opposed is Xcaliber International and Cheyenne International. They’ve contributed a little over $2.4 million and $2.3 million respectively for a total of $4.7 million.
Of course this doesn’t mean the proponents are “out-spending” the opponents right now. A large chunk of that RAI Services money was spent just to get the tax increase on the ballot.
In a surprise to me, the St. Louis American Says No on 3. See the editorial here. It reads like they’re mostly against it because other folks are against it.
Clifford Panel Announced
In the vacancy of Judge Patrick Clifford, the 21st Circuit Commission announced the panel of three nominees from which the governor will choose the next judge. They are: Ellen Dunne, Renee Hardin-Tammons, and Krista Peyton.
A little over half way through the month and state revenues are doing fine so far… up alittle more than 5% compared to this month last year. We’ll see if it holds.
The press release: Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway has released the results of a citizen-requested audit of the city of Huntsville, located in Randolph County. The audit raised concerns with a number of city operations and budget practices… Auditor Galloway identified issues related to the city's parks and recreation advisory board, which was operating in violation of city ordinances and the law… The city's annual budgets are not complete and do not contain all information required by law, and the city paid year-end bonuses of $50 to $100 to employees in
2014 and 2015. This is a violation of the Missouri Constitution's prohibition on bonus payments for public employees…. Earlier this year an individual who had previously pled guilty to a felony violation of the law was elected to a seat on the city council. Missouri law does not allow individuals who have pled guilty or been convicted of a felony to hold public office….
See the audit summary here.
Huntsville is represented by Sen. Brian Munzlinger, and Rep. Tim Remole.
MEC’s $100 Fines
The Missouri Ethics Commission hit two folks with their usual $100 fine for forgetting to put “paid for” disclosures on material. See the Cheri Toalson Reisch (running in House 44) opinion here. And the Christopher Cottongim opinion here.
Leonard Johnson formed a committee to run for St. Louis City Alderman, Ward 7 as a Democrat. Johnson is deputy chief of staff at the City Treasurer’s Office – where his boss Tishaura Jones is prepping a mayoral run. See of Johnson profile here.
The 7th Ward is a high-profile area of the city including downtown and the Soulard neighborhood. The current alderman is Jack Coatar.
Voter Fact Check was formed. Its treasurer is Alexus Walter. See the paperwork here.
eMailbag on Blunt Lobbyist Deflection
Sign of Trouble: Trump is at the top of your ticket, your challenger is consistently gaining in the polls, and your campaign is sending emails to volunteers to clarify that not everyone in your family is a lobbyist.
Powered by Mary Scruggs’ indispensable events calendar:
Rep. Paul Fitzwater Golf – Fourche Valley Golf Course – Potosi – 11:30AM.
Chris Koster – Barbecue at Sandy & Keith Querry – Independence, MO – 5:30PM.
Aaron Baker and Kristian Starner added Clean Line Energy Partners.
Baker for Missouri - $5,100 from U.A.W. Region 5 Midwest States Political Action Committee.
Friends of Shaul - $22,650 from House Republican Campaign Committee.
Rucker for Missouri - $6,130 from Missouri Democratic State Committee.
Missouri Senate Campaign Committee - $10,000 from Doug Libla.
Committee to Elect Randy Jotte - $50,000 from Eastern Missouri Senate PAC.
Dunklin County Republican Committee - $6,000 from The Committee to Elect Andrew McDaniel.
Page for Missouri - $38,881 from Missouri Democratic State Committee.
Parson for Missouri - $5,001 from Southwest Missouri Leadership PAC.
Central Bancompany PAC - $6,000 from Central Bancompany Inc.
Central Bancompany PAC - $12,000 from The Central Trust Bank.
Greitens for Missouri - $500,000 from Committee for Accountable Government Missouri.
Koster for Missouri - $20,000 from Robert Blitz.
Greitens for Missouri - $100,000 from Herzog Railroad Services.
Greitens for Missouri - $10,000 from Suburban Automotive Consultants Inc.
Scott Sifton for Missouri - $22,699 from Missouri State Democratic Committee.
Xcaliber MOPAC - $10,000 from Xcaliber International LTD LLC.
Missouri Democratic State Committee - $40,000 from Koster for Missouri.
Missouri Democratic State Committee - $20,000 from Civic Service Inc.
Missouri Senate Campaign Committee - $15,000 from Onder for Missouri.
Koster for Missouri - $10,000 from The Simon Law Firm PC.
Citizens to Elect Mike Kehoe - $15,000 from David Steward.
MO Petroleum Marketers + Convenience Store Assoc PAC - $192,500 from Xcaliber International LTD LLC.
Ashcroft for Missouri - $150,000 from Committee for Accountable Government in Missouri.
Vote Yes on 3 for Kids - $1,528,692 from RAI Services Company.
Greitens for Missouri - $50,000 from James Parsons.
United Here TIP Missouri State and Local Fund - $40,000 from Unite Here.
Koster for Missouri - $10,000 from Missouri Society of Anesthesiologists.
Koster for Missouri - $40,000 from Susan Ludeman.
Greitens for Missouri - $15,000 from Dave Spence.
Democratic Attorneys General Association Missouri – $10,000 from Planned Parenthood Action Fund.
Democratic Attorneys General Association Missouri - $10,000 from Distilled Spirits Council.
Democratic Attorneys General Association Missouri - $15,000 from Smithfield Foods Inc.
MO Republican Party - $75,000 from Greitens for Missouri.
MO Republican Oaryt - $15,000 from Committee to Elect Randy Jotte.
MO Republican Party - $100,000 from House Republican Campaign Committee Inc.
Schmitt for Missouri - $10,000 from Menlo Smith.
Teresa Hensley for Missouri - $6,000 from International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Political Action Together PAC.
Teresa Hensley for Missouri - $10,000 from Langdon & Emison.
Teresa Hensley for Missouri - $20,000 from Kenneth McClain.
Happy birthdays to Rep. Ben Harris and Kevin Gunn.