Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Here Comes Committee for Accountable Government

The committee which David Humphreys and his sister have contributed $500K each to – Committee for Accountable Government in Missouri – is getting active.

It plans to start “television, radio, digital and outdoor advertising... with heavy coverage in each Republican legislator’s district who sided with Democrat Governor Jay Nixon against their more than 90 Republican colleagues.”

The website for the committee is

See sample TV ad here. (Linda Black).

See sample digital ad here. (Ron Hicks).

See sample billboard ad here. (Shane Roden).

Hear sample radio spot here.  (Kevin Engler).



From the press release… A list of the targeted legislators:

Galen Higdon, HD11

Nick King, HD17

Kevin Corlew, HD14

Bill Kidd, HD20

Sheila Solon, HD31

Jeanie Lauer, HD32

Bart Korman, HD42

Anne Zerr, HD65

John McCaherty, HD97

Kathie Conway, HD104

Chrissy Sommer, HD106

Ron Hicks, HD107

Shane Roden, HD111

Becky Ruth, HD114

Elaine Gannon, HD 115

Kevin Engler, HD116

Linda Black, HD117

Dave Hinson, HD119

Sue Entlicher, HD133

Paul Fitzwater, HD144


Follow-Up on Blunt Conflict of Interest

Post Dispatch takes stab at the issue.  See it here.

Pull Quote: Stanley Brand, an attorney and campaign ethics expert, said he saw no conflict in Andy Blunt running his father's campaign.  "If you went down to K Street in Washington, you'd find scores" of federal lobbyists involved in federal campaigns, he said. The fact that Andy Blunt lobbies only on the state level "makes a big difference," Brand said.

But Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, a non-profit watchdog group on campaign spending and ethics, said even the appearance of a conflict of interest is important in the nexus between elected office, campaign spending and lobbying… "While it is not uncommon for lobbyists to be part of a lawmaker's campaign staff, or for family members of a lawmaker to be registered lobbyists, the Blunts are deeper into these conflicts of interest than any other family on Capitol Hill," Holman said.


LaFaver Contra Blunt

On Facebook, Rep. Jeremy LaFaver

Gloves are off, Andy.

Andy says Democrats "don't have anything better to talk about." Well, my friend, I'll be looking for lots of things to talk about this legislative session. With 30+ clients, I'm sure I'll find a whole mess of things to discuss.

My issue with his contract at MU was that he is an extremely partisan figure. And now he helped prove me even more correct.

It's on.


Guernsey Contra Greitens

On Facebook… former Rep. Casey Guernsey: If there is one group I have zero tolerance for it is the HSUS. One of the candidates for Governor, Eric Greitens' ties with HSUS are through his two organizations, The Mission Continues and the Greitens Group. The Mission Continues partners extensively with the politically controversial Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). HSUS is designated as one of a small number of national Fellowship Host Organizations by the Mission Continues, and this relationship is included in many promotional materials distributed by the Mission Continues. The Greitens Group has ties to HSUS, in that they share a consultant: both have their communications handled by Wheaton, Maryland based Round Peg Communications.


Hawley Hullabaloo

One observer reading the Missouri Times article thinks it’s going to be problematic for Republican AG candidate Josh Hawley.   See it here.

“His claim that he was erroneously included is a little bizarre. I can't imagine a lot of people erroneously file in the Supreme Court. If they do, I think it's a fair campaign question to ask if someone can't file correctly should they be top law enforcement in MO…”


Matthews on City Earning Tax

Rep. Kirk Matthews appears to be taking aim at the city earning tax issue.  He filed a bill to repeal it and sent a letter to Mayor Francis Slay asking for information to determine if the city’s tax was unconstitutional under the court decision Wynn vs Maryland Comptroller.


MO Farmers Care to Unveil New Program

The press release: Missouri Farmers Care (MFC) is unveiling the Agri-Ready designation program Wednesday at the 46th annual Missouri Governor's Conference on Agriculture. Dr. Alan Wessler, Interim Executive Director, Missouri Farmers Care will be highlighting the benefits the program brings to communities and the economy… The Agri-Ready program intends to promote counties committed to making sustainable, long-term decisions about

Agriculture and its growth and protection…



Empire District for sale?  “Empire District Electric has confirmed it is considering the sale of the company and has hired a financial advisor, following media reports last week that sent stock prices up more than 8%, according to people familiar with the situation, Bloomberg reports.”  See it here.


U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill’s office hosted a Bronze Star Medal ceremony honoring World War II veteran Vernon C. Crecelius, who was posthumously awarded a Bronze Star Medal with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster for his military service.


Wow… the mayor of Sunset Hills comes off as a real jerk… See it here.


And… The joke of the day… See it here.


eMailbag on Greitens Politico Article

The Politico Pro article is true but what is interesting to me is that [Dems must have been] indirectly supplying all this “Greitens is a Democrat” information to various people. Just like Claire McCaskill’s Akin gambit, is Chris Koster strategically trying to influence the Republican primary to get a more favorable matchup?


Today’s Events

Powered by Mary Scruggs’ indispensable events calendar:

Rep. John Rizzo Reception – Uptown Theater – Kansas City – 5PM.

Sen. Kiki Curls Holiday Party – Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Ctr. – Kansas City – 5:30PM.

Democratic House candidate Ben Murray’s birthday party – Ryder’s Tavern, St. Louis, 5:30PM.


Lobbyists Registrations

Franc Flotron added Boyce Bynum Pathology Laboratories.

Catherine Barrie deleted Catherine Barrie.


$5K+ Contributions

Citizens for Joe Runions - $5,001 from Carpenters Help in the Political Process (CHIPP)

Laborers Union Local #42 Voluntary Political Fund - $11,000 from Laborers Local No. 42.

Friends of Judy Morgan - $5,001 from CHIPP Political Account.

MO Petroleum Marketers + Convenience Store Assoc PAC - $75,000 from Xcaliber International LTD LLC.

Missourians for John Brunner - $18,180 from John G Brunner.

UAW Region 5 Midwest States Political Action Committee - $6,000 from UAW Region 5 Exchange Account.

Eigel for Missouri - $10,000 from August Busch III.

Koster for Missouri - $50,000 from International Association of Fire Fighters.

Koster for Missouri - $15,000 from Firefighters for Missouri Governor.

Citizens for Bonnaye Mims - $5,001 from CHIPP PAC.

Friends of Jeremy LaFaver - $5,001 from Carpenters Help in the Political Process (CHIPP).

Committee to Elect Gail McCann Beatty - $5,001 from CHIPP.

Holsman for Missouri - $10,000 from CHIPP Political Account.

Holsman for Missouri - $16,000 from Safer Families for Missouri.

Committee to Elect Tom McDonald District 28 - $5,001 from CHIPP PAC.



Happy birthdays to Rep. Jon Carpenter, and lobbyist Jennifer Durham.