Monday, October 15, 2012

Senate 1: Missouri’s Future Hits Lembke

In Senate 1 Rep. Scott Sifton is benefiting from a third party, Missouri’s Future.  They started advertisements against Sen. Jim Lembke over the weekend.  There may be several commercials out there, but one of them – at least – dings Lembke on his excessive gifts from lobbyists.


Who is Missouri’s Future?   In short: trial attorneys.


According to the Missouri Ethic Commission database of $5K+ checks, there has been $220,500 donated to Missouri’s Future.  It appears some of Missouri’s most successful law firms have pledged $25K each.  They are: The Simon Law Firm (St. Louis), Simmons Firm (Alton IL), Strong Garner Bauer (Springfield), Davis, Bethune & Jones (Kansas City), Dollar, Burns & Becker (Kansas City), Stueve Siegel Hanson (Kansas City), Langdon & Emison (Lexington), O'Brien Law Firm (St Louis), Bartimus Frickleton Robertson Gorny (Leawood KS).



What It Means

It helps level the playing field as the two enter the final stretch.  After his primary, Sifton’s war-chest was depleted and Lembke held a huge financial lead.  Assuming that Missouri’s Future continues to deploy their resources, this will bring the pro-Sifton side close to parity.



Senate 25: Swinger’s Traditional Values TV Ad

Democrat Rep. Terry Swinger running in the bootheel defines himself: “We have traditional values here,” it begins, listing abortion, gay marriage and guns as important issues.


And then it veers into the politics of geography… “St. Louis and Kansas City get too much already.  That’s got to stop.”  See it here.




Scott Faughn’s SEMO Times has a negative TV commercial Swinger has out.  (Thanks to the peerless Combest for the link.)   It hits Libla on his business getting no-bid contracts, property abatements and other government goodies.  See it here.



October Quarter Numbers

October fundraising reports are due today. Here are reports of interest which have been filed as of this morning.


Senate 3: Gary Romine raised $89K; spent $44K; and has $184K on-hand.  Rep. Joe Fallert raised $51K; spent $64K; and has $66K on-hand.



Senate 17: Rep. Ryan Silvey raised $105K; spent $58K (mostly on direct mail); and has $220K on-hand.



Senate 19: Sen. Kurt Schaefer raised $162K; spent $252K (over $200K of that was on media); and has $497K on-hand.



Senate 25: Rep. Terry Swinger raised $77K; spent $71K ($18K for polling, and $34K for media); and has $312K on-hand.  Doug Libla raised $19K; spent $48K (over $30K on advertisements); and has $157K on-hand.  But with his ability to self-fund, cash on-hand is not real relevant.



New Claire Ad

“Being an auditor and a prosecutor taught me how to stand up to bullies, especially when it’s China…”  It then mentions a trade bill she’s co-sponsored.  See it here.



Could This Be?

Polling memo from Wenzel Strategies says Todd Akin is up 49% to 45%.  It has Akin grabbing 15% of Democrats…  See it here.




Following the Kansas tax cut saga (as it may be making an appearance in Missouri), it now appears that Governor Sam Brownback is considering asking for an extension of the sales tax hike to cover the immediate budget shortfall from the income tax cut.  Read it here.



Late last week, Dave Spence sued Governor Jay Nixon for defamation because of his ad calling Spence a St. Louis banker.  The move was derided over social media as the reaction of a thin-skinned political tenderfoot.  Read it here.



Akin’s Daily Huh?: The National Defense Authorization Act legalizes bestiality.  Read it here.




On Tim Jones Calling Dems Pay-for-Play Mentality

“This outrage coming from the Speaker of the House who just took $100,000 from the largest political donor in the state and he doesn't even have a race??”



On the Potential of SMRs

“I liked the mailbag comment today.  The ‘math’ on SMR notes the industry is a $25 billion industry for Missouri.  While I believe that may be light, their number still eclipses Missouri's current largest export.  I suspect bringing into the state a new number one export industry would be something the legislature would seriously entertain.”



Lobbyist Registrations

From the Pelopidas website:


Gary Wheeler deleted Missouri Corn Growers Association.

Phil Wright deleted Missouri Nurses Association.



$5K+ Contributions

Friends of Cloria Brown - $30,284 from HRCC Inc.

SITE Improvement Association of Missouri PAC - $10,500 from SITE Improvement Association.

Missouri Health Care Association PAC - $140,000 from Missouri Health Care Association.

Jay Nixon for Missouri - $20,000 from Industry Advancement Fund Heavy Constructors.

Jay Nixon for Missouri - $10,000 from Western Missouri and Kansas Laborers’ District Council PAC.

Jay Nixon for Missouri - $10,000 from Midwest Region Laborers’ Political League Education Fund.

Jay Nixon for Missouri - $10,000 from Laborers Local #110 Political Fund.

Jay Nixon for Missouri - $17,500 from Robert Blitz.

Jay Nixon for Missouri - $10,000 from Plumbers & pipefitters Local 562 Voluntary Political Fund.

House Republican Campaign Committee - $5,500 from Elect Funderburk.

House Republican Campaign Committee - $15,000 from StudentsFirst.

MO Democratic State Committee - $19,000 from Mary Still for Senate.

Scott Sifton for Senate - $24,946 from Missouri Democratic State Committee.

Parson For State Senate - $25,000 from Rex Sinquefield.

Kander for Missouri - $15,000 from Teamsters Local Union No. 541.

Citizens for Our Library and Our Community - $12,500 from World Wide Technology Holding Co.

Citizens for Our Library and Our Community - $12,500 from David Steward.

MO Democratic State Committee - $14,000 from Jay Nixon for Missouri.

Clint Zweifel for Missouri - $20,000from Teamsters Local #688 PAC.

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

Slay for Mayor - $10,000 from Schnuck Markets Inc.

Clint Zweifel for Missouri - $10,000 from UFCW Local 655 Political Fund.

Friends of Caleb Jones - $27,000 from Rex Sinquefield.

Life Sciences Fund of Greater Kansas City - $25,000 from John F McDonnell.

Life Sciences Fund of Greater Kansas City - $25,000 from William Danforth.

MO State UAW PAC - $28,000 from UAW Region 5 PAC.

Citizens to Elect Kurt Schaefer - $10,000 from Lewis & Clark Council Ozarks Mountain Forum.

Jay Nixon for Missouri - $75,000 from UAW Region 5 PAC.

Jay Nixon for Missouri - $10,000 from Davis, Bethune & Jones LLC

Committee to Elect Ron Richards - $20,000 from Southwest Missouri Leadership PAC.

Schoeller for Missouri - $10,000 from Missourians for Matt Blunt.

Janet Thompson for Boone County - $10,000 from Marjorie Thompson.

Jackson County Democratic Coalition - $15,000 from Integrity In Law Enforcement.

Jay Nixon for Missouri - $10,000 from AgXplore International LLC.

Jay Nixon for Missouri - $12,500 from Tri-County Seed.

Jay Nixon for Missouri - $15,000 from Davis Minton.

Jay Nixon for Missouri - $25,000 from Carey & Danis LLC.

Montee for Missouri - $15,000 from Teamsters Local 955 Political Action Fund.

Missourians for Koster - $10,000 from CHIPP Political Account.



Cash Commentary

Led by $75K from UAW Region 5, Governor Jay Nixon has netted over $150K in new labor money during the last week.  The money train just keeps chugging.




Happy birthday to Rep. Chrissy Sommer.