Did Rex Sinquefield Just Donate To Prop P Campaign?

yTkejEGTEAs previously blogged (and, yes, that will get updated with the late reports info)…

Consultants have conned Civic Progress into believing November 7th’s Prop P has a chance at passage. The Kings of Status Quo donated $125,000 on October 12th to the Kelley Group‘s Citizens for a Safer St. Louis, a campaign committee for Prop P, the November 7th Sales Tax Increase Special Election.

Kelley Group’s STL Citizens for Safety is carrying a $82,397.52 debt from the April St. Louis County Prop P Sales Tax Increase Election. Keeping an eye on that one to see if the City Prop P money from Rex Sinquefield, who donated to the County Prop P campaign, goes to that account.

Kelley Group’s Show Me Victories gave $10,000 to their Regional Progress PAC On October 16th. This is also a committee to monitor for activity on Prop P. Check with the previous blog post on where all the Regional Progress PAC money has gone.

And now the money to stuff mailboxes with Prop Propaganda is rolling into Kelley Group’s Citizens for a Safer St. Louis.

October 17th: $50,000 from St. Louis Police Foundation (Clayton)
October 17th: $100,000 from Regional Business Council (Clayton)
October 18th: $100,000 from Centene Management Corporation (Clayton)

Total as of Wednesday afternoon, $375,000 so far for Kelley Group to spend on Prop P.

I went back and looked at the Civic Progress October campaign finance report. They also paid $16,750 to Kelley Group’s Show Me Victories for polling.

Then I looked for information on St. Louis Police Foundation. My first thought was, is this the organization that you are asked to donate to by rounding up your bill at the grocery? The money is supposed to go to buying equipment for police, not on a political campaign to raise sales taxes.

The St. Louis Police Foundation website was easy to find.

Finding out who runs the Foundation not so much. The website states, “The Foundation’s leadership consists of 25 volunteer board members and one executive director,” but no where provides the names. There hasn’t been a Newsletter posted there since October 2015.

In trying to find information on who runs the organization, I came upon who are major funders. Look at the Sponsors pages and you’ll see Rex Sinquefield is an important part of this 501(c)3.

Now it seems odd to me that a charity that buys equipment for police would spend $50,000 rolling the dice on a ballot issue. It makes more sense to me that someone donated $50,000 to the Foundation and it was earmarked Prop P. And it makes sense to me that Kelley Group would want to keep Sinquefield’s name out of this campaign and that he was the donor. Sinquefield donated up front to the Prop P campaign in the County last April. But he is a lightning rod for opposition to anything he supports here in the City.

If not, if rounding up at the grocery for this charity is actually donating for political purposes, then my grocery is asking for a boycott.

I hope news media ask questions and get answers. Who is really funding Prop P?

—Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman


October Campaign Finance Reports

Game on, Rasheen!

5th Ward Alderwoman Tammika Hubbard‘s Missouri Ethics Commission page says her next election is a special election. I liked the way those Rodney Hubbard vs. Rasheen Aldridge and Penny Hubbard vs. Bruce Franks Jr special elections went. I think a Tammika vs. Rasheen election would go just as well.

Hubbard’s Deputy Treasurer, a paid for campaign treasurer, is Kathryn Jayne Drennen of Midwest Compliance Group. Drennen is also Deputy Treasurer for 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar and, he just won’t go away, Russ Carnahan. Carnahan, unfortunately, is looking at running statewide in 2020. His state campaign committee recently gave $1,000 to his federal committee ARCH PAC (Arch Leadership PAC),

Return of the Ortmanns?

Coatar has $73,159 on hand. The second biggest war chest among aldermen campaign accounts belongs to, surprisingly,  Ken Ortmann, former 9th Ward Alderman, with $47,200.39. Ortmann’s MEC account says he is running again in 2021.

Pat Ortmann, former 9th Ward Democratic Committeewoman, Ken’s wife and partner at The Cat’s Meow bar in Soulard, also has an MEC account. She plans on running for a seat on Central Committee in 2020 and has $502.97 on hand. 9th Ward Committeewoman Sara Johnson has filed Limited Activity reports all year.

Coming in third among the well-monied aldermen accounts is 17th Ward Alderman Joe Roddy with $40,835.27. Roddy recently paid $1,300 to consultant Jim McHugh and continues to pay a social media contractor to block Twitters users.

10th Ward Alderman Joe Vollmer is sitting on $11,950.98.

22nd Ward Alderman Jeffrey Boyd loaned his committee $400 and has $14.97 on hand.

As of 11 pm Monday, 3rd Ward Alderman Brandon Bosley, 9th Ward Alderman Dan Guenther, 11th Ward Alderwoman Sarah Martin, 18th Ward Alderman Terry Kennedy, 19th Ward Alderwoman Marlene Davis,  20th Ward Alderwoman Cara Spencer, 24th Ward Alderman Scott Ogilvie, 27th Ward Alderwoman Pam Boyd, and Aldermanic President Lewis Reed, all had missed the 5 pm Monday campaign finance report deadline.

Collector of Revenue For Life Gregg F.X. Daly has $601,572.88 available for his re-election bid next year. License Collector Mavis Thompson has $7,021.12 on hand and fundraiser scheduled for the end of this month. Dana Kelly Franks, wife of State Rep. Bruce Franks, launched her campaign for Thompson’s job last weekend.

Something must be seriously wrong with the MEC database because it is showing the last report filed by 6th Ward Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia was in July 2016.


Is a Bosley the next 79th District State Representative? Is Butler the next Recorder of Deeds?

3rd Ward Alderman Brandon Bosley has no October Report up yet as of 11 pm Monday. Ironically, his amended July Report shows he paid $408 in “Fees” to MEC. That’s usually means late fees.

Bosley’s July Report also shows he received a total of $500 in contributions from two of his campaign office landlord’s businesses. Rent is usually not very interesting. But Bosley’s landlord, Michele Duffe, former LRA Director, is also State Rep. Michael Butler‘s campaign office landlord. Butler has amended his account to run for Recorder of Deeds next year. Rumor has it that Butler and the Bosley Family have swapped endorsements and Lakeysha Frazier-Bosley, the Alderman’s sister, getting the nod from Butler as heir to his 79th District seat.

Consultants have conned Civic Progress into believing November 7th’s Prop P has a chance at passage. The Kings of Status Quo donated $125,000 to the Kelley Group‘s Citizens for a Safer St. Louis, a campaign committee for the Sales Tax Increase Election.


Kelley Group’s STL Citizens for Safety is carrying a $82,397.52 debt from the April St. Louis County Prop P Sales Tax Increase Election. Keeping an eye on that one to see if the City Prop P money from Rex Sinquefield, who donated to the County Prop P campaign, goes to that account.

Kelley Group’s Show Me Victories gave $10,000 to their Regional Progress PAC after deadline for October report. This is also a committee to monitor for activity on Prop P.

Kelley Group established Regional Progress PAC with $10,000 from Show Me Victories in November 2016. Usually what this political action committee does is deliver money from other sources. Since its beginning, the political action committee has received…
$67,500 from Anheuser-Busch
$10,000 from Schnuck Markets
$6,000 from Centrex Strategies (a.k.a. Lou Hamilton)
$2,500 from HMS Host (airport food)
$1,000 from QuikTrip Corp.

Most of the money went back out as donations to candidates, including…
$25,044 to Mayor Lyda Krewson
$10,000 to St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger
$6,000 to 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro
$5,044 to 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar
$5,000 to 19th Ward Alderwoman Marlene Davis
$4,000 to Board President Lewis Reed
$4,000 to 3rd Ward Alderman Brandon Bosley
$2,600 to State Auditor Nicolle Galloway
$2,500 to Board President Lewis Reed
$2,500 to 9th Ward Alderman Dan Guenther
$2,500 to 13th Ward Alderwoman Saran Martin
$2,000 to Comptroller Darlene Green
$2,000 to 27th Ward Alderwoman Pam Boyd
$2,000 to 17th Ward Alderman Joe Roddy
$1,000 to 5th Ward Alderwoman Tammika Hubbard
$1,000 to 11th Ward Alderwoman Beth Murphy
$1,000 to 16th Ward Alderman Tom Oldenburg
$1,000 to 21st Ward Alderman John Collins-Muhammad
$500 to 25th Ward Alderman Shane Cohn
$500 to State Rep. Peter Meredith

Donations to losing candidates included…
$5,000 to Ken Ortmann’s 9th Ward re-election campaign
$1,044 to Jennifer Florida’s 15th Ward campaign
$44 to Lindsay Patton’s 19th Ward campaign

Disclaimer/Disclosure: I am an employee of the City of St. Louis at the Recorder of Deeds Office. I am 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman. I ran for Committeewoman twenty years after I had been working at the Recorder’s as an archivist. I did not get my job because I am a Committeewoman. As a Committeewoman, I have had text conversations and met with State Representative Mike Butler who is running for Recorder but have made no endorsement. I have had no conversation with current Recorder Sharon Quigley Carpenter about whether she is running for for re-election. I have had a phone conversation with License Collector Mavis Thompson and text conversations with Dana Kelly Franks, her challenger, but have made no endorsement in that race. People are making a lot of bad assumptions these days. I am a straightforward person. Don’t assume, ask me.

—Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

Saturday: #ExpectUs Protest Downtown + ACLU Legal Observer Workshop

There is an Action scheduled to begin Downtown 3 pm Saturday at St. Louis City Police HQ, 20th & Olive. Updates here

Also 3-5 pm Saturday, ACLU is having a Legal Observer Training Workshop specific to people of color who want to volunteer for legal observer duty at actions. Workshop is at Julia Davis Library, 4415 Natural Bridge. More info