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