Friday, October 19, 2012


Just Send Cash?

Word is that Team Nixon has told Democratic candidates that they will evaluate at the two-week mark, where their race is and whether they can help out fellow Dems.


That’s next week.


Jay Nixon started the month with $5 million in the bank and a strong lead (54% - 35%) over Dave Spence in the most recent Public Policy Polling poll.


Here’s who Nixon gave to four years ago as a possible roadmap to who will be on the gift list this year.

State Party - $100K

Clint Zweifel – Treasurer - $75K

Chris Koster – AG - $25K

Sam Page – LG – $25K

Joan Barry – Senate - $10K

Chuck Graham – Senate - $10K

Chris Benjamin – Senate - $5K

Jim Trout – Senate - $5K

Joan Bray –I don’t think she was on cycle - $5K



Nixon also paid for mailers to some House districts featuring himself with the Dem candidate.



Rex and Shane

The New York Times today has a piece about Rex Sinquefield and his position as a power player in a no-limits environment.  It focuses on his use of the ballot initiative process and the current secretary of state’s race.  Read it here.


Interesting nugget: Rep. Jason Kander met with Sinquefield over lunch in August.




As if on cue, hitting the in-box yesterday….


Please Join Laura and David Butsch, Vickie and Jim Dankenbring, Patti and Vince Mannino, Donna Wilkinson for a reception in support of Representative Shane Schoeller, Candidate for Missouri Secretary of State, at the home of…. wait for it… wait for it..  Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield.




Event is Thursday, October 25 with suggested contribution levels of $250, $500 and $1,000.  But the real the question is what’s the number on the check that Sinquefield gives Schoeller at the end of the night?



HRCC Does Money Dance

They’re crowing over last night’s event which Rep. John Diehl tweeted raised over $165K for the House Republican Campaign Committee.  Diehl noted that this was “more than HDCC has on-hand.”


Another Republican texted me that the haul was over $200K, but what’s thirty-five Gs at this point?


More intriguing was this suggestion:  “Looking at targets in St. Louis County that we previously thought were off the map.”



DLCC Targets Two Missouri Races

The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee lists two Missouri races in its “2012 Essential Races.”  They are House 135, and Senate 1.  Read it here.


House 135 is a contest between Rep. Lincoln Hough against Dem Casey Clark.  DLCC note: “This is the sort of district Missouri Democrats need to regain if they want to recover from their 2010 setbacks: urban and suburban districts with high concentrations of moderate swing voters.”


And Senate 1 is the Sen. Jim Lembke, Rep. Scott Sifton race.


One Springfield observer says that Hough has used the challenge from Clark to supersize his fundraising.  He had $98K on-hand at the start of the month.



New Koster Ads

He goes negative on Ed Martin.  Note the subtle slasher music in the background, like Ed’s going to come at you with a steak knife through the shower curtain.


See “Billboards” here.


See “Unqualified” here.



Lobbyist Registrations

From the Pelopidas website:


James Harris added Tata Consultancy Services.



$5K+ Contributions

Friends of Joe Don McGaugh - $30,682 from House Republican Committee Inc.

Doug Libla for Senate - $7,000 from Missouri Senate Campaign Committee.

MO Petroleum Marketers + Convenience Store Assoc PAC - $200,000 from Xcaliber International LTD LLC.

House Republican Campaign Committee Inc - $5,500 from Friends of Shelley Keeney.

MO Democratic State Committee - $11,000 from Citizens for Stephen Webber.

Missourians for Fair and Impartial Courts - $10,000 from Missourians for Fair and Impartial Courts.

Jay Nixon for Missouri - $10,000 from DCI Construction LLC.

Jay Nixon for Missouri - $5,001 from Credit Union Political Action Committee.

Schoeller for Missouri - $10,000 from Lewis & Clark Ozarks Mountain Forum.

MO Leadership Committee - $30,000 from Friends of Peter Kinder.

Citizens for Tishaura Jones - $10,000 from Law Enforcement Systems LLC.

Spence for Governor - $500,000 from David Spence.

Citizens for Diehl - $75,000 from Rex Sinquefield.

Citizens for Diehl - $7,500 from Lewis & Clark Council Ozarks Mountain.




Happy birthdays to Sen. John Lamping, and Nieves’ right-hand Dave Bailey.



Saturday: Rep. Ben Harris (36), and PSC Commiss Kevin Gunn (42).


Sunday: Rep. Jay Swearingen (46) and KC Realtors’ Derek Ramsay (41).