Monday, December 10, 2012

Money Monday….


A Good Year for Campaign Consultants

Here’s what various well-known campaign consultants billed out during 2012.  (Remember of course a few very important caveats: first, this isn’t what they made, it’s what they billed.  For example when Thompson Communication places TV ads these figures reflect all those buys, not their bottom-line.  Second, this is only from the Missouri Ethics Commission, the top tier consultants all advise corporate clients, and those figures are not in public view. Likewise, the MEC database doesn’t include federal races like the big US Senate race).


Victory Enterprises (Dave Hageman) - $5,122,562 – major clients: Shane Schoeller, Gary Romine, Ellen Brandom, Ed Martin, House Republican Campaign Committee, Missouri Farmers Care.


Thompson Communications (John Thompson) - $3,733,002 – major clients: Dave Spence, David Pearce, Ed Emery, Cole McNary.


Axiom Strategies (Jeff Roe) - $1,334,492 – major clients: Missourians For Equal Credit Opportunity, Missouri Petroleum Marketers, Eric Schmitt, Missourians Against Costly Mandates, Missouri Republican Party.


Barklage Company  (David Barklage) - $524, 473 – major clients: Peter Kinder, David Spence, Scott Rupp, John Diehl, Doug Libla, House Republican Campaign Committee.


Capitol Consulting (Donna English) - $342,184 – major clients: Peter Kinder, Scott Rupp, Tom Dempsey, Cole McNary, Missouri Senate Campaign Committee.


Tightline Strategies (Ken Morley) – $270,573 – major clients: Jay Nixon, Jason Kander.


Survey St. Louis (Tom Smith) - $242,055 – major clients: Fred Sauer, Ward Franz.


Highland Consulting (Jared Craighead) - $167,250 – major clients: Dave Spence, Mike Kehoe.


JHarris Company (James Harris) - $158,569 – major clients: Tom Schweich, Wayne Wallingford, John Diehl, Caleb Jones.


Veritas Public Relations (Miles Ross) - $153,321 – major clients: Peter Kinder, David Sater, Kevin Austin.


Majority Strategies (Matt Lieberman) - $139,141 – major clients: Susan Montee, Francis Slay, Jeff Roorda, Scott Sifton, Citizens for Safe Courts and Kids .


Hancock and Associates (John Hancock) - $108,803 – major clients: Shane Schoeller, Ed Martin, Missourians Against Costly Mandates.



Executive Director Paydays

Here is the compensation of the toppers at some influential Missouri associations.  All figures are from the 2011 year 990 form unless otherwise noted.  (Asterisks mean that the person is no longer with the organization.)



Missouri National Education Association – Ben Simmons - $283,390

Missouri State Teachers Association – Mitchell Kent King - $274,425 (2010)

Missouri School Board Association – Carter Ward - $159,192

Missouri Community College Association – Zora Mulligan - $146,031

Missouri Retired Teachers Association – Jim Kreider - $72,353 (2010)

Children’s Educational Alliance Missouri – Laura Slay - $72,000 (2010)



Missouri Hospital Association – Herb Kuhn - $702,947

Missouri Dental Association – Vicki Wilbers - $123,387 (2010)

Missouri Coalition for Primary Health Care – Joe Pierle - $243,125

Missouri Nurses Association – Jill Kliethermes - $83,590

MO Healthcare Association – Jon Dolan - $195,831

Missouri Pharmacy Association – Ron Fitzwater - $170,092 (2010)

Missouri Optometric Association – Leann Barrett - $83,500 (2010)



Missouri Farm Bureau – Charles Kruse - $496,539 (2010)

Missouri Soybean Association – Dale Ludwig - $252,791 (2010)

Missouri Forest Products Association – Steve Jarvis - $76,000 (2010)

Missouri Pork Producers Association – Don Nikodim - $177,865

Missouri Corn Growers Association – Gary Marshall - $269,355

Missouri Cattlemen’s Association – Jim Windett - $69,500



Missouri Trucking Association – Tom Crawford - $108,771

Missouri Asphalt Pavement Association – Dale Williams - $106,838

Missouri Insurance Coalition – Calvin Call - $168,615

Missouri Energy Development Association – Warren Wood * - $150,684

Missouri Telecommunications Industry Association – Ric Telthorst - $131,107

Associated Industries of Missouri – Ray McCarty - $175,653 (2010)

Missouri Automobile Dealer Association – Sam Barbee - $196,797 (2010)

Association of Missouri Electrical Cooperatives – Barry Hart - $387,900 (2010)

Associated General Contractors of St. Louis – Leonard Toenjes - $160,050 (2010)



MO AFL-CIO – Hugh McVey - $167,650

KC Building and Construction Trades – David Kendrick - $77,783

International Union of Operating Engineers Local 513 – Gary Broccard - $124,334



PROMO – AJ Bockelman - $52,058 (2010)

Missouri Right to Life – Pam Fichter - $22,660 (2010)

Missouri Budget Project – Amy Blouin - $77,368

Missouri Club for Growth – Melanie Abrajano - $76,843 (2010)

Fair Electric Rate Action Fund – Chris Roepe - $79,248

Humane Society of Missouri – Kathryn Wright Warnick - $280,133 (2010)

Missouri Association of Social Welfare – Bob Quinn* - $78,844

Missouri Juvenile Justice Association – Vivian Murphy* - $57,845


Chamber of Commerce Type Orgs

Missouri Chamber of Commerce – Dan Mehan - $266, 688

Springfield Chamber of Commerce – Jim Anderson - $236,742

Columbia Chamber of Commerce – Don Laird - $130,698

Kansas City Chamber of Commerce – Jim Heeter - $314,829

St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association - Dick Fleming* - $677,543 (2010)

Economic Council of St. Louis County – Denny Coleman - $195,013

St. Louis Regional Business Council – Kathy Osborn - $349,202 (2009)

Civic Progress – Tom Irwin - $302,000

Civic Council of Kansas City – Jewell Scott –    $334,076 (2010)


Other Associations

Missouri Petroleum Marketers Association - Ron Leone - $176,638 (2010)

Missouri Broadcasters Association – Don Hicks - $151,710 (2010)

Missouri Association of Realtors – Sam Licklider - $158,485

Missouri Bankers Association – Max Cook - $387,655 (2010)

Missouri Association of Counties – Ross Burke - $124,840

Missouri Press Association – Doug Crews - $155,719

Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys – Sara Schuett - $181,624



Stamps to Head Medicaid Coaltion

Kevin Stamps will be the executive director of the MO Medicaid Expansion Coalition.



Schmitt to Speak

Sen. Eric Schmitt with be the featured speaker at the Truman University Commencement Ceremonies this week.  Details are here.  Schmitt was graduated from Truman in 1997.



Tim Jones’ Listening Tour

Monday, December 10

8:30 a.m. - Perryville

Meet and greet with former Speaker Steve Tilley at "Hoeckle's Bakery"


10:15 a.m. - Cape Girardeau

Meet and greet at "My Daddy's Cheesecake Café"


12:00 p.m. - Sikeston

Meet and greet at "Carnell's Collision"


3:00 p.m. - Poplar Bluff

Manufacturing plant tour and meet and greet at "Mid-Continent Steel and Wire"


6:00 p.m. - West Plains

Meet and greet at "West Plains City Hall"


Tuesday, December 11

7:30 a.m. - Branson

Breakfast and meet and greet at "Dewey Short Visitor Center" at Table Rock Lake


10:00 a.m. - Lockwood

Meet and greet at "S&H Farm Supply"


12:30 p.m. - Joplin

Lunch and meet and greet at "Granny Shaffer's"


2:30 p.m. - Springfield

Meet and greet at "Ramada Oasis Hotel"


3:30 p.m. - Springfield

Speaking to "Springfield Chamber of Commerce"


5:00 p.m. - Lebanon

Meet and greet at "The Durham Company"


Wednesday, December 12

8:30 a.m. - Osage Beach

Meet and greet at "Bagnell Dam Association of Realtors"


10:15 a.m. - Jefferson City

Meet and greet at "Mid-America Wireless"


1:15 p.m. - Sedalia

Meet and greet at "Sierra Bullets"


3:30 p.m. - Independence

Meet and greet at "Blue Ridge Bank"


6:30 p.m. - Columbia

Information TBA


Thursday, December 13

8:00 a.m. - Moberly

Meet and greet at "Best Western Inn"


10:30 a.m. - Palmyra/Taylor

Meet and greet at "Heimer Construction"


11:30 a.m. - Hannibal

Meet and greet at "Becky Thatcher's"


3:00 p.m. - Union

Meet and greet at "HTH Companies"


5:30 p.m. - Eureka

Ribbon cutting and meet and greet at new “Tim Jones District Headquarters”



Nixon Amends Committee

Governor Jay Nixon’s new campaign committee is called “A Better Missouri with Governor Jay Nixon” and it lists a 2016 statewide office.  Clearly a shell committee to retain the $400,000+ he has left over from his campaign. (Not that anyone else could have used a little help last cycle or anything…)



St. Louis Mayoral Race – 30 Day Report

The reports cover the 30 days after the Nov 6 general election and had to be filed by commitees that donated or spent funds in that election.  Both incumbent Mayor Francis Slay and his challenger Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed filed such reports.


Slay raised $61,075; spent $101,232; and has $1,484,333 cash on-hand.  Slay’s report shows the activities of a staffed field campaign (ten pages of campaign workers, researchers, organizers, staffers, and communicators), as well as Slay’s support for the local control campaign (more than $10,000 in in-kind contributions, bringing his total contributions to the successful campaign to approximately $80,000).


Reed raised $39,325; spent $20,564; and has $148,854 cash on-hand with about $26K in debt.  More than half Reed’s total ($20K) came from the firefighters’ union.  Reed’s report shows a campaign that is still being assembled, and some cash flow management (no payments were shown for most of the staffers and consultants whose names appeared on previous Reed reports). Reed’s report lists no salary or fees paid to his campaign manager Matt Teter.



Lobbyist Registrations

From the Pelopidas website:


Jewell D. H. Patek added North Kansas City Hospital Board of Trustees.

Thomas Val Hagar added Missouri Manufactured Housing Association.

Regan L Carrizales deleted The Civic Council of Greater Kansas City.

Tiffany Ingram deleted Natural Resources Defense Council.

Rodney R Hubbard added Saveer Entertainment LLC; and deleted Viceroy Group, and National Football League.



$5K+ Contributions

Civic Progress Action Committee - $20,000 from Hunter Engineering Company.