Who Do You Ride With? Democratic Candidates & Their Donors

followthemoneyRight-Leaning, Bad Ideas, Failed Administrations, and Legal Money Laundering Donors as of 7/26/2018

1st Congressional District
$7700 to Lacy Clay from Michael Kelley $2700; Paul Joseph McKee III $2000; McEagle-OFallon $1500; Christopher McKee $1000; Northside Regeneration $500
$0 to Cori Bush

St. Louis City Collector of Revenue
$6250 to Gregory F.X. Daly from Regional Progress PAC $5000; SLPOA $250; Francis Slay $250; Lyda Krewson $250; Nancy Rice $250; Northside Regeneration $250

St. Louis City License Collector
$481.05 to Mavis Thompson from Jeff Rainford $481.05
$0 to Dana Kelly-Franks

St. Louis City Recorder of Deeds
$3150 to Michael Butler from Claude Brown $1000; Jeff Rainford $500; Show Me Victories $500; Vince Schoemehl $500; Regional Strategies $300; SLPOA $250; Ed Rhode $100. (Note: Also, Butler’s Treasurer recently filed a new PAC- Progressive Pipeline PAC.)
$0 to Sharon Quigley Carpenter

4th District Senate
$650 to Jake Hummel from Regional Strategies $500; Francis Slay $150
$0 to Karla May (Note: no July Report as of 7/26/2018)

66th District House
$0 to Khalil Abdul Mumin
$0 Tommy Pierson Jr

76th District House
$0 to Marissa Brown
$0 to Chris Carter
$0 to Damon Haymer
$0 to Cydney Johnson (Note: reporting Limited Activity 2017-2018)

77th District House
$250 to Steve Roberts from SLPOA $250
$0 to Kimberly-Ann Collins

78th District House
$0 to Bruce Franks Jr.

79th District House
$2850 to J.P. Johnson from Jeff Rainford $1500; Francis Slay $250; Mary Ellen Ponder $250; Atlas Strategy Group/Gregg Keller $250; Nancy Rice $100; David Leipholtz $100; Eddie Roth $100; Patrick Lynn $100; Scott Faughn $100; Ed Rhode $50; Nick Pistor $50
$0 to LaKeySha Bosley
$0 to Reign Harris
$0 to Maxine Johnson

80th District House
$600 to Peter Merideth from Regional Progress PAC $500; SLPOA $100
$0 to Mariah Vandiver

81st District House
$500 to Steve Butz from SLPOA $500
$0 to Travis Estes

82nd District House
$1800 to Donna Baringer from Regional Progress PAC $500; SLPOA $300; Regional Strategies $300; Lyda Krewson $250; Jeff Rainford $250; Mary Ellen Ponder $200
$0 to Fred Kratky (Note: started campaign with $44,186.72 from previous account)

83rd District House
$0 to Gina Mitten

84th District House
$1750 to Brad Bakker from George Herbert Walker Bush $1000; Jeff Rainford $500; Nancy Rice $250
$0 to Wiley Price IV

91st District House
$0 to Sara Unsicker

93rd District House
$250 to Bob Burns from SLPOA $250


Reminder: Please Bring School Supplies To Sunday Happy Hour

Join 5th Ward Committeeman Rasheen Aldridge and 7th Ward Committeewoman Marie Ceselski 2-5 pm Sunday, July 22nd at 314 The City Bar, 1137 Washington, for our School Supply Drive Happy Hour.

RSVP to Facebook Event Page so we can get a head count.

Bring School Supplies & Backpacks. St. Louis Public Schools Supply List

Prize Drawings and Happy Hour Specials for School Supply & Backpack Donors. We have 5th & 7th Wards business gift cards and other prizes to give away.

We will have Voter Registration Applications. It’s too late to register for August 7th Primary, but we’ll get you registered for November 6th General Election.

If you’re unable to attend the event but would like to donate School Supplies or a backpack, you can drop off at 1911 S 11th, in back, upstairs, Apt C, in or on the School Supplies tub on potting table.


Saturday BDay Party & GOTV Rally For Cori Bush With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

OcasioBush7 pm Saturday Birthday Party & GOTV Rally for
Cori Bush for Congress
With Special Guest Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Location: The Ready Room, 4195 Manchester
Admission: Free
RSVP to evenbrite

Public Transit: Unfortunately, #31 Chouteau will not be running on Manchester in Ready Room vicinity this Saturday.

Is Rex Sinquefield Funding Prop 1 GO Bond Issue?

Today on Missouri Ethics Commission website, “Contributions over $5,000” featured three donations totaling $55,000 going to theLOUpac.


What’s it for?

Is this the committee that will fund the Prop 1 GO Bond Issue campaign?

If this just another PAC to (legally) launder money to Steve Stenger?

Is this another Rex ballot issue committee or a PAC to fight off a public vote on Rex Sinquefield’s Airport Privatization Scam or re-vote on ward reduction?

Who is theLOUpac?

The Treasurer is Patrick J. McCarthy, attorney; former Treasurer, 28th Ward Leadership Committee; former Treasurer, Leadership for a Stronger City (also see FEC v. Freedom Inc). The filing statement is not up yet, so we don’t know if it has a ballot issue connection.

Whose money did theLOUpac accept? Kelley Group PACs are involved so there is more to this than the contributing PACs.

Citizens for a Safer St. Louis is a Kelley Group PAC that financed and ran the 2017 St. Louis City Prop P campaign to raise sales taxes for police salaries. The Treasurer is Claire Gates, Mayor Lyda Krewson’s fundraiser and Deputy Treasurer. July 6th, the PAC amended its status to include Support for Prop 1 GO Bond.

April 17th, Citizens for a Safer St. Louis received the remaining $19,552.06 in the account of STL Citizens for Safety, the Kelley Group PAC that financed and ran the 2017 St. Louis County Prop P campaign to raise sales taxes for police salaries.

March 23rd, STL Citizens for Safety received $100,000 from Great St. Louis, a  Rex Sinquefield PAC. That donation allowed the PAC to pay off the Kelley Group for its work on the County campaign, the remainder went to Citizens for a Safer St. Louis, and the committee terminated.

Regional Progress PAC is a Kelley Group PAC. It received $12,500 from Anheuser-Busch on July 10th and two days later gave it to theLOUpac.

STL Citizens for Responsible Government is also a Kelley Group PAC. It received $12,500 from Anheuser-Busch on July 10th and two days later gave it to theLOUpac.

We have Rex Sinquefield and Anheuser-Busch money going into a PAC for what? It looks like theLOUpac is a ballot issue account. But Citizens for a Safer St. Louis has already declared it is the Prop 1 advocate. And Sinquefield’s Show Me Institute is not a fan of GO Bonds being sold as No Tax Increase. So maybe it’s just a laundry for Stenger.

We’ll need to monitor Contributions Over $5,000. Everyone keep an eye on that to see what additional money is moving around to and thru the above mentioned committees. Also be on the lookout for large contributions from St. Louis Police Foundation, a nonprofit that donated heavily to St. Louis County’s Prop and has ties to Sinquefield

For anyone interested, 7th Ward Independent Democrats Pro & Con on Prop 1, which we will now link to this post until shown there is no connection.

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

Whatever Happened To The Citizens Advisory Committee for Capital Expenditures?

revenueexpensesPer Ordinance, the Citizens Advisory Committee for Capital Expenditures, with representatives from all 28 wards,  provides input to the City Capital Committee.

Bond Issues for Capital Improvements are first approved by City Capital Committee, then debated and voted on by Board of Aldermen.

Sounds like a good process.

Except the City of St. Louis has been ignoring the requirement for citizen input on Capital Expenditures via Advisory Committee for four years.

Earlier this year, I set out to obtain information on who sat on the Citizens Advisory Committee for Capital Expenditures and what went on at their meetings.

January 10th, I requested the Last Meeting Minutes of the Citizens Advisory Committee.

January 16th, the City Counselor sent Meeting Minutes for the wrong committee.

January 17th, I requested the correct Meeting Minutes.

January 23rd, the City Counselor’s Office replied the earliest that I would get the copy was February 15th and they would let me know the copy and research cost by February 12th.

January 31st, I sent another Sunshine Request for the Minutes. I suggested that the City Counselor’s Office contact City Budget Director Paul Payne, who had mentioned the Advisory Committee during a Capital Committee meeting on the 2018 GO Bond proposal. That follow up did the trick.

February 2nd, the City Counselor sent me copies of so-called Minutes from the 2014 Meetings of Citizens Advisory Committee. I use “so-called” because the Minutes do not list names of Committee members present and votes, both required by Missouri’s Sunshine Law. When members pose questions or state opinions, they are noted merely as “Citizen.” This does not qualify as Minutes under Sunshine Law.

I have posted all the 2014 Citizens Advisory Committee for Capital Expenditures documents sent to me here. These are, of course, public records that should have been available all along on the City’s website.

The documents were all sent in PDF format.

PDF Properties for the 06/19/2014 Comments & Recommendations on Proposed 2014 GO Bond Issue show the file was created 6/23/2014 by Budget Director Paul Payne.

However, PDF Properties for the 5/28/2014, 06/04/2014, 06/12/2014, 06/18/2014 so-called Meeting Minutes show the files were created 1/18/2018. That’s the day after I resent my request for records and 15 days before I received copies. So, apparently, the Advisory Committee never saw or approved any Minutes, also a Sunshine Law problem.

Some takeaways from the documents:

  • The Advisory Committee failed to follow Missouri Sunshine Law.
  • Based on the 5/28/2014 Minutes, the only document with some member names and ward identification, it appears the Advisory Committee consisted mostly of South City residents.
  • The Advisory Committee discussed improvements to City Workhouse- including air conditioning- but they were not included in 2014 GO Bond Issue. It was noted that it was not something appealing to voters. Two years later City Treasurer Tishuara Jones called for shutting down the Workhouse. Four years later, we have a campaign to shut down the WorkhouseClose The Workhouse. The 2018 GO Bond Issue includes funding for improvements at the Workhouse. But you have to wonder if that would have happened had the hell hole that is the Workhouse not received protests and elected officials speaking out on conditions.
  • The Advisory Committee was tasked with helping pass the 2014 GO Bond Issue more than providing input. It appears they were assembled to be steered to certain recommendations.

The City Capital Committee met several times this year without advice of the Citizens Advisory Committee for Capital Expenditures as required by City Codes 5.35.020.

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman


3 Opportunities This Weekend To Help Elect Cori Bush To Congress

Cori26 pm Friday, July 13, 2018
Cori Bush for Congress
Postcard & Wine Party
Cori’s HQ, 904 S 4th
Facebook Event
Write some notes to voters and enjoy some wine

10 am to 2 pm Saturday
Cori Bush for Congress
GO CORI GO! Barnstorm Rally and District-Wide Canvass
Meet @ Cori’s HQ, 904 S 4th
Facebook Event
Canvass Your Neighborhood

1-4 pm Sunday, July 15, 2018
Cori Bush for Congress
Benton Park Canvass
Meet @ Save-A-Lot parking lot, 3427 S Jefferson
Facebook Event
Wear your purple Cori shirt or other purple shirt