Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Humphreys Dumps $500K More into Accountability Committee

In the large contributions, David Humphreys’ sister gave $500K to Committee for Accountable Government in Missouri, the committee that he contributed $500K to last quarter.  This is the campaign committee that’s rumored to be a vehicle for conservatives taking revenge on Republicans who thwarted their efforts to override the governor’s right to work veto.

The treasurer on the committee, James C Thomas III, handles a lot of committee associated with Jeff Roe.

They haven’t spent any money yet, so the cash on-hand now sits at $1 million.

However, remember that last cycle Rex Sinquefield’s Missouri Club for Growth spent hundreds upon hundreds of thousands of dollars in House races without a single scalp to show.  In fact it often opens up a narrative for the incumbent – I was voting my conscience, I was voting for you, they don’t like that, they’re trying to buy this seat.


Some think that Rep. Anne Zerr may employ such a message in Senate 23 against Bill Eigel as she defends her anti-RTW vote and vilifies his out-of-district contributors.  We’ll see…


New Pre-Files of Interest

Sen. Dave SchatzSB 788 would modify the St. Louis County sales tax pools to allow municipalities’ to keep at least 50% of their generated revenue.

Rep. Randy Dunn’s HB 1677 would require the secretary of state to create a system where voters are automatically registered.

Rep. Dave Muntzel’s HB1675 would allow county commissioners’ to fill vacancies when the governor fails to act within 90 days.


Simpson Promoted

Duane Simpson, Regional Government Affairs Director for Monsanto, nabbed a nice promotion.  With Lisa Drake retiring in January, Simpson will assume the role of U.S. State & Local Government Affairs Lead. His team is also responsible for the relationship with state Farm Bureau associations. In addition, Simpson will continue to be directly responsible for Missouri and Arkansas.


New Feature: TV Buys

I have a new possibilities I’m working on for 2016.  I never know how they’ll work, so we’ll see.  This is the first one: reporting on TV ad buys.  The idea to is to have a daily check of the major TV markets in the state and see when new ad contracts have been signed. I haven’t quite determined how to present the data in a way that is useful – especially when the avalanche of ads occurs.  But here’s the start…

United Food & Commercial Workers buying in the St. Louis market.  See it here.


AuBuchon: This is About The Kids

News Tribune reports that lawyer/lobbyist Rich AuBuchon is running for school board. See it here.

Pull Quote:  An alumnus of the Jefferson City Public Schools and local attorney has announced his intent to run the school board in the April election… He said overcrowding is an issue the candidates will need to address if elected, but he said the board needs to address issues of trust before moving forward with a bond issue… "This is about the kids and making sure the next generation has as many opportunities as I had," he said. He opened AuBuchon Law Firm, LLC a year ago and has been practicing as an attorney for 15 years… He's married to Betsy AuBuchon and has four children…


Under the Influence

From Politico’s Influence… Anheuser-Busch InBev CEO Carlos Brito, Brewers Association CEO Bob Pease and National Beer Wholesalers Association CEO Craig Purser spoke this morning at the Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights' hearing on the AB InBev/SABMiller merger. Behind the scenes, Seth Bloom, who used to be the subcommittee's general counsel, is working for MillerCoors. InBev subsidiary Anheuser-Busch signed up Covington & Burling, including former Sen. Jon Kyl, who used to sit on the Judiciary Committee, and Aaron Cooper, who used to be its chief counsel on IP/antitrust law.



Hillary Clinton is scheduled to come to Missouri… “Hillary will speak at a St. Louis grassroots organizing event this Friday, December 11 at the Sheet Metal Workers Local 36. Doors open at 5PM, and with the event kickoff at 7PM!”  RSVP here.


Aeneas Williams, member of Pro Football Hall of Fame and founding pastor of Spirit

Church in St. Louis, to be featured speaker at 2016 Governor’s Prayer Breakfast Thursday, Jan. 7 (7AM) at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City. Tickets can be purchased here.


Smith & Wesson reports strong quarter. Sign of our times… See it here.


Federal Filings

Peabody PAC’s December filing showed receipts of $3,116 and $25,260 cash on-hand.


eMailbag on Querry

Jessica Podhola’s treasurer Sandy Querry was Claire McCaskill’s treasurer when she ran for Gov, one of the four DNC members and wife of Keith Querry, a retired IBEW leader and elder statesman for KC labor…”


eMailbag on Zimmerman Fundy

Also on the host committee of tonight’s Jake Zimmerman fundraiser: Jose and Jessica Caldera... daughter and son-in-law of Rep. Sue Meredith.


Today’s Events

From Mary Scruggs’ indispensable events calendar:

Sen. Kiki Curls Birthday Reception – JCCC – Jefferson City – 5PM.

Jake Zimmerman – Shakespeare’s South - Columbia – 5PM.

Rep. Tommie Pierson Reception – Communication Workers of America – St. Louis – 5:30PM.


Lobbyists Registrations

Edward Dovan added Brevan Howard Asset Management LLP.

Zach Brunnert, David McCracken, and Richard McIntosh added Boyce Bynum Pathology Laboratories.

Sherry Doctorian added Ash Brove Cement Company.

Thomas Robbins added Missourians for Compassionate Care.

Christine Lepper deleted Missouri Bankers Association.

David Winton and Scott Penman deleted Renew Missouri

Scott Penman deleted Fig LLC and its affiliates.

Dena Ladd deleted MO Coalition for Lifesaving Cures.


$5K+ Contributions

Committee for Accountable Government in Missouri - $500,000 from Sarah Humphreys Atkins.

MO Petroleum Marketers + Convenience Store Assoc PAC - $75,000 from LPC Inc.

Eastern MO Laborers Education & Benevolent Fund - $60,452 from Construction & General Laborers' Local No. 660.

Missouri Corn Growers Association State Political Action Committee - $25,000 from Missouri Corn Growers Association.

Midwest Region Laborer’ Political League Education Fund - $7,622 from Laborers Supplemental Dues Fund.

Missouri Farmers Care - $10,000 from Missouri Cattlemen’s Association PAC.



Happy birthdays to former Sen. Jeff Smith, Heidi Geisbuhler, and Jami’s Blake Lawrence.