As 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