Hanaway Gets Fresh Infusion
In the large contributions below, Catherine Hanaway gets a fresh Rex Sinquefield infusion of cash. It’s a nearly $250K check. This comes from his Missouri Club for Growth of which former Speaker Tim Jones is now chair. Hanaway has struggled to broaden her fundraising base beyond the billionaire donor. But this kind of contribution is so far defining the Republican gubernatorial race as John Brunner self-funded a $3.6 million check late last year, and Eric Greitens has been pull in six-figure checks from out-of-state hedge funders. Only Peter Kinder has yet to find a reliable deep-pocketed patron.
Lyft, Uber Offer Framework
Sen. Bob Onder introduced a bill that would create a new regulatory framework for the so-called ride sharing industry. It looks like a bid to release them from their current legal tussles with taxi regulators. See SB 991 summary here.
Lyft: Rodney Boyd, Brian Grace and Kelvin Simmons.
Uber: Shawn Rigger, Mark Habbas, Sagar Shah, Kenny Tsai, Steven Tilley, Rebecca Lohmann, Greg Porter, Alex Eaton, and Danny Pfeifer.
St. Louis Metropolitan Taxicab Commission: Joe Treadway, John Parris, Kim Tuttle and John Bardgett.
Bray on PSC Changes
Public Service Commissioner Scott Rupp tweeted a link to this Post-Dispatch letter to the editor or I’d have missed it. It’s former Sen. Joan Bray who is now head of Consumer Council of Missouri. She’s casting skepticism and disapproval at reports that Ameren is interested in reconfiguring the regulatory framework in Missouri. See it here.
Ameren: Warner L. Baxter, Kit Bond, William A Gamble, Thomas M Byrne, Jay Reichard, Jeffery N Brooks, Andrew B Blunt, Rodney R Hubbard, Cynthia Gamble, Jorgen Schlemeier, Sarah Topp, Mark Schwartz, Christopher P. Moody, Gina Hakenewerth, Angela Schulte, Matthew A. Forck, Catina "Tina" Shannon, Michael G Winter, Chris Kelly, Michael Moehn, Mike Kearney, Warren Wood, Gaye L Suggett, and Rick Eastman among others.
PSC: Robert Boone. And truth is with four former state senators on the Commission, they sort of know their way around the building.
Leone to MOScout: We’ll Have the Resources
While MOScout had Raise Your Hand for Kids “winning the week” last Friday, here’s the alternative case: The tobacco tax for transportation initiative campaign grew its treasury by $240,000 last week, as value brand cigarette companies weighed in. That brings fundraising so far to $657,000 for the campaign organized by the Missouri Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association. "We are committed to a strong winning campaign and we will have the resources to back it up. If the legislature does not raise the gas tax, our measure won't just be the best hope to raise money for transportation- it may be the only hope in the near future," said Ron Leone, executive director of MPCA, in a statement to Missouri Scout.
Mizzou Turmoil Bits
Front page of the Post-Dispatch’s website has three – all negative – articles about Mizzou. The hits just keep coming…
First, David Steward resignation from the curators. See it here.
Second, there’s a credit rating downgrade possible in the future because of the protests. Read it here.
And finally, just the things are terrible with the legislature. See it here.
Luetky Kicks Off
The press release: Blaine for Congress, the campaign committee focused on Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer’s election efforts kicks off the 2016 election season with $1,603,032 in the bank. The Luetkemeyer campaign raised over $150,000 in the 4th Quarter and has raised nearly $1 million already for the cycle.
The big winner is Denise Hasty with her MOScout winning prediction of Cruz (28), Trump (26) and Rubio (21). Close runners up were Patrick Shami Cruz (29), Trump (26) Rubio (21). both Reps. Jeremy LaFaver and Elijah Haahr calling it Cruz (27), Trump (25) and Rubio (18).
Also winning… Jeff Roe, the Missouri political consultant people love to hate, who has so far guided the Ted Cruz ship. In a topsy-turvy environment, Cruz stay right on course while others floundered after their moment in the sun.
And – let’s remember Sen. Ron Richard, Speaker Todd Richardson and Rep. Caleb Jones among others who jumped on the Marco Rubio train. He exceeded expectations with his near-second place grab, and is definitely on the ascent as the Trump and Cruz haters look for a viable candidate.
eMailbag: Readers Say Brunner Not First
Reader 1: FYI Catherine Hanaway is up in the radio already.
Reader 2: I just wanted to point out that Eric Greiten's camp has already been running ads. Last week, I saw an ad on Fox News channel. This could be why John Brunner is already spending campaign funds on the radio.
Show-Me Institute seek Director of Development. “The Director of Development is responsible for leading and building the fundraising team and developing and implementing fundraising initiatives in support of the Institute’s mission. The Director will help design and execute a strategic fundraising plan to increase the Institute’s average annual growth and public support. Current fundraising initiatives include board relationships, individual supporters and foundations. Fundraising methods will include personal meetings, direct mail, special events and planned giving. The Director will coordinate the work of one or more outside consultants and manage the work of one full-time development associate….” See it here.
From Mary Scruggs’ indispensable events calendar:
Missouri Soybean Assn. Annual Mtg. – Capitol, HHR 2 – JC – 8:15AM.
Fall in Love with Northeast Missouri – Capitol Rotunda – 10AM.
Dinner & Tour State Technical College of MO – 5:15PM.
House Candidate Mike Allen Reception – Madison’s Café – 6PM.
Andrew Blunt, Jay Reichard, and Christopher Moody added Missouri Cable Telecommunication Association; and deleted Missouri Cable Television Association.
Angela Schulte added Altria Client Services LLC And Its Affiliates - Philip Morris Usa Inc., John Middleton Co., U.s. Smokeless Tobacco Co., And Nu Mark LLC, BNSF Railway Company, Conservation Federation of Missouri, Missouri Cable Telecommunications Association, Barkley Inc, A.T.Still University, Diamond Game, Yoga Alliance, Ameren Missouri, and AGP.
Ryan Stauffer deleted Students First.
Sharon Burnett deleted Missouri Hospital Association.
Missourians for John Brunner - $5,001 from Jerry Sumners Sr.
Hanaway for Governor Inc - $241,250 from Missouri Club for Growth.
Happy birthdays to Reps. Elaine Gannon and Diane Franklin, Judy Moriarty, Otto Fajen, Jim Foley, and former Rep. Steve Hodges.