Friday, July 27, 2012


Here Comes RGA?

Yesterday Tony Feather – a GOP stalwart – started RGA Missouri PAC, perhaps foreshadowing the Republican Governors Association’s involvement in the gubernatorial race here.


Some Dems had speculated that RGA would “sit it out” if Dave Spence didn’t close the gap in the polls, or had an underwhelming primary showing.  But that appears unfounded.


It’s important because the RGA had been a successful fundraising organization.  With its millions it could offset the Nixon $7.5 million war-chest.




In other MO Ethics news, a new committee, “Missouri for Better Courts” filed.  See it here.  I predict a non-profit starts making contributions.  Anyone?



Where We Are On Some Races

Sooooo….. With eleven days until the primary election… lots of close races:


Senate 5

The mail from Rep. Jeanette Mott Oxford’s allies appears to be overwhelming Rep. Jamilah Nasheed at this point.  We’ll see what the final stretch brings.


Senate 21

Yesterday it’s said that Sen. David Pearce was calling around trying to dig up a fresh $50K to counter the Missouri Club for Growth TV ad for Rep. Mike McGhee.  That MCFG McGhee ad wasn’t particularly inspiring, but I think the Pearce camp is feeling deluged by the swarm of mail and third party attacks.


Senate 31

The latest Noranda-funded TV buy is said to be $100K hitting Rep. Ed Emery.


House 72

Rep. Mary Nichols been beating Rep. Eileen McGeoghegan in the fundraising battle – and the yard sign battle.


House 73

I have no confidence in Courtney Curtis, and now expect Doug Clemens to win.  This despite the fact that Clemens is white and it’s a 60% black district.



Ad Parade

Sen. Scott Rupp unveils his TV commercial.  See it here.  “I’m running for secretary of state because it’s time we put taxpayers first.”  He runs through his issues: anti-Obamacare, Voter ID, business-friendly, pro-life.



Sarah Steelman’s SuperPAC attacks Brunner.  See it here.



Tweets of the Day

Lacy Clay ‏“@russcarnahan hired his wife to honcho his redistricting effort & his brother got $100M in tax credits for wind farm”


And about thirty minutes later the reply:

Russ Carnahan “@LacyClayMO1 $300k to your sister an actual earmark for $325k to your cousin, Kenya, are you sure you want to go there?”



$5K+ Contributions

Missouri Senate Campaign Committee - $10,000 from AT&T.

EFM - $7,500 from Environmental Federation of Missouri.

MO Petroleum Marketers + Convenience Store Assoc PAC - $10,000 from AE Wease.

MO Petroleum Marketers + Convenience Store Assoc PAC - $20,000 from Ayers Oil Company.

Progress KC Committee - $12,500 from Black and Veatch Corporation.

Progress KC Committee - $12,500 from infraManagement Group LLC.

Fred Sauer Governor - $80,000 from Fred Sauer.

Citizens for Vicki Lorenz Englund - $7,650 from Missouri House Democratic Campaign Committee.

Friends for Jim Strafuss - $5,400 from Ian-Alex Land Investments LLC.

Jay Nixon for Missouri - $25,000 from Pyramid Home Health Services.

Jay Nixon for Missouri - $10,000 from Credit Union PAC.

Committee for Bond Initiatives - $10,000 from Clean Water STL.

Progress KC Committee - $15,000 from Kansas City Power and Light Company.

Progress KC Committee - $15,000 from Carollo Engineers.

Slay for Mayor - $10,000 from Steve Smith.

Citizens to Elect John Wright - $35,000 from John Wright.

House Republican Campaign Committee Inc - $6,000 from Citizens for Riddle.

Missourians for Equal Credit Opportunity - $210,000 from Missourians for Responsible Government.

Committee for Prop R - $10,000 from Industrial Development Authority of St. Charles County.


Cash Commentary

Another $210 in “hidden” money from the “non-profit” Missourians for Responsible Government to the payday loan fight committee.




Happy birthdays to Congressman Lacy Clay, Shanon Hawk, and former Rep. Jim Avery (41).


Saturday: MO Soybean’s Dale Ludwig.


Sunday:  Former Rep. Vicki Englund (38).