Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Summer Winners: Vendors

From the July campaign finance reports here are some political consultants and vendors – and how much they were paid.  (Let me know who I’ve missed).


It’s only state reports – not federal races.  And I’m just reporting straight from reports, so some of these folks (tv buys, direct mail) will protest that they’re not pulling down as much as this implies.  Whatever.  They’re all winners in my book…



John Thompson’s Thompson Communications and Patrick Media - $836,572 – Clients: Dave Spence and Peter Kinder.


Mike Kelley’s Show Me Victories - $435,243 – Clients: Gina Walsh, Susan Montee, Mike Owens, Martin Casas, Clean Water STL.


David Hageman’s Victory Enterprises - $376,041 – Clients: Ed Martin, Shane Schoeller, Ellen Brandom, Ward Franz.


Jeff Roe’s Axiom Strategies - $244,226 – Clients: Missourians for Equal Credit Opportunity, Bill Stouffer, Eric Schmitt, Let Voters Decide, MO Republican Party.


Travis Brown’s Pelopidas - $164,207 – Clients: Let Voters Decide.


Joyce Aboussie’s Telephone Contact - $138,144 – Clients: Missourians Against Costly Mandates, Clean Water STL.


David Barklage’s Barklage Company - $137,898 – Clients: Scott Rupp, Dave Spence, Missourians for Fair Taxation, Doug Libla, House Republican Campaign Committee.


John Hancock’s Hancock and Associates - $59,309 – Clients: Missourians Against Costly Mandates, Ed Martin, Shane Schoeller.


Donna English’s Capitol Consulting - $57,252 – Clients: Peter Kinder, Missouri Senate Campaign Committee, Cole McNary, Scott Rupp, John Diehl.


Jared Craighead’s Highland Consulting - $45,750 – Clients: Dave Spence, Mike Kehoe.


Ken Morley’s Tightline Strategies - $43,918 – Clients: Jay Nixon and Jason Kander.


James Harris’ J. Harris Company - $43,845 – Clients: Let Voters Decide, Tim Schweich, Caleb Jones, Robert Cornejo.


Matt Lieberman’s Majority Strategies - $34,345 – Clients: Citizens for Safe Courts and Kids, Francis Slay, Susan Montee.


Logan Thompson - $26,000 – Client: Peter Kinder.



Nixon’s First Ad

Watch it here.


It stings some Democrats as he once again parades his no new taxes absolutism which has been the chief cause for breaking the central promise of his last campaign: restoring Medicaid cuts.


Why release it before the primary?  Maybe he figures he still has a shot at the Republican nomination…



Bott: Pearce a Rascal

In an interview to air this afternoon, Sen. Jane Cunningham weighs in on the Senate 21 race between Sen. David Pearce and Rep. Mike McGhee.  She indicates a favor for McGhee, but it’s  interviewer, Dick Bott, who is more folksy in his opinion: “People have told me, Jane Cunningham, that Pearce is a rascal…They tell me he can be kind of slippery.”



Correction on Senate 5

In Senate 5 MNEA is endorsing Rep. Jeanette Mott Oxford, not Rep. Robin Wright Jones as I wrote yesterday.



Oxford announced last night that she’d pulled down the endorsement from Rep. Jamilah Nasheed home ward.  “Kerry Wilson and Audrey Larkin, Democratic committeeman and committeewoman of the 21st ward and officers of The Original 21st Ward Democratic Organization, have announced their endorsement of Jeanette Mott Oxford… Oxford now has been endorsed by the home wards of both of her opponents.”



More on 24

In a follow-up to my bit yesterday on House 24.  Here are few pieces of feedback:


First, Minority Leader Mike Talboy is staying out if the race and is explicitly not endorsing.


Second, KC Pride is considered by some to be a less legitimate gay organization.  Explain one reader: “KC Pride is not so much a gay organization as a shill for the firefighters. There are only 2 active gay organizations - Four Freedoms Democratic Club and PROMO PAC - both of which endorsed Gillooly. Morgan got the KC Pride endorsement due to loyalty from Dutch Newman and Coach who are the chairs of KC Pride. This whole scenario is actually ironic given that KC Pride split from Four Freedoms years ago over the endorsement of a gay candidate over an incumbent. In that scenario, KC Pride went with the out individual who eventually lost.”



House 79

Martin Casas has a steep uphill climb in this district, based on a purely racial calculation.  The district is about 58% black.  However as Casas fundraising has shown he’s been working hard.  We’ll get 8-Day numbers on Monday, but the July fundraising reports, Casas is well-prepared for the final push.


He raised $15K in his July quarter and had $12K on-hand.  His opponent, Michael Butler, only raised $6K and finished with $1,213 on-hand.  But Butler hadn’t yet paid John Bowman’s S & P Strategies, giving him a debt of $2,355 and a negative financial position.



Who’s Missing

Paul Berry, running in the Democratic primary in House 72, recorded his July quarter finally on Monday.   He raised $300 and will have no impact as the two incumbents Reps. Mary Nichols and Eileen McGeoghegan battle it out.


There are now only two primary candidates who have yet to file their July campaign finance reports.  They are Rep. Steve Webb (running in House 67 against Tony Weaver) and Courtney Curtis (running in House 73 against Doug Clemens).



$5K+ Contributions

Dempsey for Senate - $15,000 from CNS Corporation.

Citizens for Ed Emery - $10,000 from CNS Corporation.

MO Democratic State Committee - $10,000 from Monsanto Company.

House Republican Campaign Committee Inc - $15,000 from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of KC.

House Republican Campaign Committee Inc - $7,500 from FEAPAC of Missouri.

McGhee for Senate - $10,000 from Eileen Bakke.

Citizens for Brad Lager - $10,000 from Smithfield Foods Inc.

Citizens to Elect Wright - $15,000 from John Wright.

Integrity In Law Enforcement - $25,000 from Transystems Corporation.


Cash Commentary

Eileen Bakke is an executive with Imagine Schools.  This is part of the battleground over school reform occurring in Senate 21.




Happy birthdays to Charlie Shields (53) and Sarah Greek.