MOScout Daily Update: Early July Quarters Schmitt PAC, Cole in Senate 29 - Parson Signs Tort, GM Bills and more...

Nothing but bits this morning…


Early July Quarters: MO Opportunity PAC

MO Opportunity PAC, the independent political action committee allied with Attorney General Eric Schmitt, reported its July quarter.  The summary numbers showed $252,000 raised; $155,199 spent; and $269,712 on-hand.

But those numbers are misleading: $130,000 of the $155K spent was actually the purchase of a certificate of deposit.  In fact, the PAC also has another CD worth $350,000 on the books. That brings the PAC’s total war-chest to approximately $750,000.

The PAC’s only real expense is a $8,000 monthly payment to MGS Consulting LLC for fundraising.  That’s Meredith Shadwick’s firm.  She’s the daughter of lobbyist Mike Gibbons.

What It Means

Schmitt is marshaling a war-chest that will be hard for Democrats to match.  It’s one more reason to assume that Sen. Scott Sifton will not run for AG despite his legal background.

·         Sifton’s PAC released it July quarter recording $7,250 raised and $8,861 on-hand.


Early July Quarters: Cole’s Quarter

David Cole, running in Senate 29 against Rep. Mike Moon to succeed David Sater, reported raising $41,050 in his first quarter.  $20,000 of that was a loan from himself.  So it’s not a great quarter, but passable and will put him quite ahead of Moon on money.


Parson Signs Pro-Business Bills

As expected, Governor Mike Parson signed tort reform bills yesterday as well as SB 68, “the GM incentives bill” and SB 180 which modifies the Missouri Works Program.

“From day one, workforce development has been a major focus of our administration,” Governor Parson said. “This legislation gives us the tools we need to be more competitive and shows companies everywhere that Missouri is open for business. We’re excited about this great step forward and will continue to invest in Missouri workers, help companies grow, and keep quality jobs here in our state.”


Governor Parson appointed Craig K. Higgins as Associate Circuit Judge for the 22nd Judicial Circuit. He will fill the vacancy created by the appointment of the Honorable Calea Stovall-Reid to Circuit Judge.


Abortion Battle Bits

·         Sen. Jill Schupp is holding a fundraiser / organizing meeting for the HB 126 referendum next week at her home.  See it here.


Gamble Joins Gamble & Schlemeier

In the lobbyist registrations today (below), Bill Gamble’s son, Jack Gamble, is joining Gamble & Schlemeier.  Daughter Katie Gamble is already walking the halls, along with Schlemeier sprig, Sarah Schlemeier.


Mooney Retires

From the press release: Judge Lawrence E. Mooney, who has served on the Eastern District of the Missouri Court of Appeals more than 20 years, has announced his retirement effective September 1, 2019. Mooney was appointed to the court in 1998 by the late Governor Mel Carnahan… Prior to his appointment, Mooney worked for the late Buzz Westfall as his first assistant prosecuting attorney in the St. Louis County prosecutor’s office and as executive assistant in the St. Louis County executive’s office… For the last four years, Mooney has served as the settlement judge for the Eastern District. Upon his retirement, he hopes to affiliate with a law firm or mediation service….


Help Wanted

Anheuser Busch seeks Manager Federal Government Affairs.  “Support communication of company priorities to elected officials, regulatory officials and staff and work with committees of jurisdiction to proactively advance AB priorities; Maintain and build network of Hill contacts;        Support the legislative affairs directors in managing AB’s legislative and regulatory agenda before the U.S. Congress and the Administration Agencies; Develop, manage, maintain and execute legislative and regulatory tracking system; Track legislation and regulatory process and regularly update internal business partners as to impacts on positions and priorities...”  See it here.

Humane Society Legislative Fund of the Midwest seeks Director of Philanthropy.  “The HSLFMW is a 501(c)(4) welfare organization committed to legislative advocacy and action in the Midwest in order to influence public opinion and policy regarding animal welfare and protection. It is committed to addressing the suffering and abuse of animals by passing and opposing critical legislation, educating and empowering the public, and helping to elect humane candidates to office during state-wide elections. It is currently active in Kansas and Missouri.

The Director of Philanthropy will lead major donor and online giving for the HSLFMW…”

See it here.


Lobbyists Registrations

John Gamble added all of Gamble & Schlemeier’s clients.

Jeffrey Altmann added Revival 98.

Catalyst added Clovr, Harvest, Curador Holdings Inc., Secure Elections Project, and Axis Medical; and deleted University of Missouri Health Care, Warby Parkerm Seven Points Cultivation, SHI International Corporation, KCP&L, Omnigo Software, and Simple Contacts.

Shawn Rhoads added Missouri School Boards' Association.



MO Majority PAC LLC - $6,000 from MACO Development Company L.L.C.

Missouri AG PAC - $6,000 from MACO Development Company L.L.C.

Missouri Senior PAC - $6,000 from MACO Development Company L.L.C.

Missouri Growth PAC - $6,000 from MACO Development Company L.L.C.

Missouri C PAC - $6,000 from MACO Development Company L.L.C.

Missouri A/C and Mechanical Contractors - $10,000 from Hoffmann Brothers Heating Air Conditioning Plumbing.

Keep Government Accountable - $10,000 from Elliott Denniston.



Happy birthdays to Sen. Wayne Wallingford, Rep. Keri Ingle, Claudia Sands, and Mary Ellen Ponder.