August 2, 2018: Willis to Catalyst

Willis Joins Catalyst

The press release: Catalyst founder Danny Pfeifer today announced David Willis is joining the firm as a government relations specialist.  Willis, a veteran of leadership staff in the Missouri House, brings more than a decade of experience working in the Missouri Capitol…

Willis joins Danny Pfeifer, Greg Porter, Alex Eaton, Becky Lohmann, Michael Steelman and Derek Hein on the Catalyst government affairs team….

Willis previously served as chief of staff to Missouri House Speaker Todd Richardson.  He spent more than a decade working on legislative leadership staffs in the Missouri House of Representatives including working directly with the House Budget Chairman and three previous Missouri speakers.  Willis brings to Catalyst extensive expertise on issues including education, agriculture, economic development, Medicaid, disruptive technology, a variety of regulatory issues and the state budget.  Willis is a graduate of Washington University and the University of Missouri.

Founded in 2006, Catalyst is a nationally-recognized government relations firm specializing in government affairs, public affairs and corporate strategy.  The firm is known for executing 50-state strategies for clients with a national profile including attorneys general advocacy and federal government affairs... 


Jones Names AMEC CEO-in-Waiting

News yesterday was that “The Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives have named Caleb Jones Assistant CEO.   Caleb will assume the position of CEO upon Barry Hart’s retirement January 6.  Caleb will be following Barry Hart, who served Missouri’s Cooperatives for more than 15 years as CEO…”

And because MOScouters want to know… Hart made $834K last over $100K in benefits. See their filing here.

So, congratulations Caleb!


The Talk

Various Dems are saying that the St. Louis County Executive race has tightened to the point od near toss-up now…


For those keeping score at home… The anti-RTW campaign committee, We Are Missouri, has now raised over $17.5 million….


In Senate 18, the latest of the increasingly nasty race is an attack ad paid for by Missouri’s Future against Cindy O’Laughlin, talking about the death of an employee of her family’s company.


New IE Filings

Senate 18

C-Red PAC - $8,000 supporting Redmon.

Missouri Federation of Children - $4,475 supporting O’Laughlin.

Missouri Federation of Children - $2,237 opposing Redmon.

Missouri Federation of Children - $2,237 opposing Walker.


The first-rate Jason Hancock breaks down the IE spending in Senate 34 with various folks talking about all the fire-wallin’ going on.  Read it here.



Politico Score reports that “Senate Majority PAC is releasing a new ad attacking Republican Josh Hawley in Missouri over a lawsuit he joined as attorney general against the Affordable Care Act. The ad says Hawley took ‘huge contributions from the insurance industry’ while filing the lawsuit ‘stripping away protections for 2.5 million Missourians with pre-existing conditions.’ SMP is spending $1.7 million on the ad.”  See the ad here.


NYTimes reports that Pope Francis has “declared the death penalty inadmissible in all cases ‘because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person.’”  See it here.  Pull Quote: Previously, the catechism allowed the death penalty in some cases, if it was “the only practicable way to defend the lives of human beings effectively against the aggressor,” even if in reality “cases of absolute necessity for suppression of the offender today are very rare, if not practically nonexistent.” 




Help Wanted

SSMHealth seeks System Vice President-Government Affairs & Public Policy. “Provides leadership and expertise to SSM Health in multiple external markets, specifically working collaboratively with Public Policy leadership on civic, state and federal affairs. In addition, the position involves helping staff multiple projects at Senior Management level.... Supervises: System Directors, Advocacy for Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Missouri and Illinois; Director for Community/Civic Affairs; Manager for Community/Civic Affairs; Administrative Assistant; and Staff Project Groups…. Responsible for leading the public affairs/government relations for a multi-state, integrated health care system with over $6.5 billion in revenue… Responsible for the design, implementation and monitoring of strategic system-wide initiatives on the federal level and for directing the development of a comprehensive advocacy network to address and influence public policy priorities on the local, state and federal levels including the regulatory arena…”  See it here.


New Committees

Kristen Minnick formed a candidate committee (Committee To Elect Kristen Minnick For Ray County Clerk) to run for Ray County Clerk as a Democrat.

Gary Davis formed a candidate committee (Citizens To Elect Gary Davis) to run for Jefferson County Circuit Clerk as a Republican.

Civil PAC was formed.  Its treasurer is Joseph Wilson.


Lobbyists Registrations

Jerry Ford terminated his registration.  His clients were: Missouri Port Authority Assoc., Proffer & Associates, Higginsville Parent Association, Greater St. Louis Parent Association, Bellefontaine Parent Association, Allen Home Care Services, Inc., Missouri Voice Of The Retarded, Missouri Massage Therapy Association, Missourians For Tax Justice, The Tailor Institute, Alby Quarry, Mental Retardation Assoc. Of Missouri, and Pyramid Clinical Services.

Rodney Boyd, Kelvin Simmons, Katherine Casas and Brian Grace added Beyond Meat.

Rodney Boyd deleted SHI International.

Richard McIntosh, David McCracken, and Zach Brunnert added Delta Innovative Services Inc.

Phillip Scaglia added Payne & Jones Chartered.

Sarah Schlemeier added 1-800contacts Inc, Christian Horizons, Cigna Healthcare, Maxim Healthcare Services Inc, Ehawk Inc, and Stowers Institute For Medical Research.

Patricia Strader deleted Strader & Associates.


$5K+ Contributions

Victor  Hulbert for Clay County Auditor - $7,344 from Vic Hulbert.

Fagras for Judge - $17,000 from Michael Fagras.

We Are Missouri - $15,000 from UFCW Local 135.

We Are Missouri - $25,000 from International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers.

We Are Missouri - $150,000 from International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

We Are Missouri - $8,000 from UFCW Local 1360 Operating Payroll.

We Are Missouri - $25,000 from International Union of Operating Engineers Local 12.

We Are Missouri - $25,000 from International Union of Operating Engineers Local 825 General Fund.

We Are Missouri - $50,000 from New England Retail Food Organizing Account.

We Are Missouri - $200,000 from Ironworker Management Progression Action Cooperative Trust.

We Are Missouri - $50,000 from UFCW Local No. 88 Meat Cutters Union.

We Are Missouri - $100,000 from Preserve Middle Class America.

House Republican Campaign Committee Inc - $10,000 from Missouri Spire Inc.

Committee to Elect Linda Klingerman for Judge - $13,500 from Linda Klingerman.

Committee to Elect Linda Klingerman for Judge - $5,500 from Linda Klingerman.



Happy birthdays to Mike Talboy, Tom Todd, Jim Viebrock, Dawn Nicklas, Kimberly Gardner, and Starsky Wilson.