The Shearing of the Sheep or Much Needed Missouri Ethical Reform

sheepWhile Missourians ponder the November 8th ballot measure that will limit campaign contributions, but restrict our First Amendment of our U.S. Constitution, making this an unconstitutional resolution; lets discuss the issue of ethics.

Ethics Reform

In researching my republican opponent Rick Francis it lead me to the MO Leadership Committee of Farmington, MO and then, in July of this year, to the MO Majority PAC, listed as only Majority PAC of Perryville, MO, on Mr. Francis July 2016 MEC filing.  As I have learned both PAC’s connect to former House Speaker Steven Tilley.

The below St. Louis Post-Dispatch article by Tony Messenger explains how former House Speaker Steven Tilley has created a web of, campaign contribution, deceit that would make Tony Soprano blush!

Basically the scam is to take in monies, it does not matter from whom and then fund other polticians. Once those polticians are in office, offer them consulting services, most likely telling them how to legislate, from Mr. Tilley’s or his sisters firm, for basically the same amount that their campaign was funded. Thus laundering the donations and getting them off the Missouri Ethics Commission radar.

After Tilley resigned from office he turned around and immediately started his Lobbyist/Consulting firm, so that he might capitalize on his neferious plan.

Messenger: Lawmakers target Tilley as ethics debate is revived in Missouri

” Tilley never really stopped taking gifts, he just made it harder to figure out which lobbyists’ donations were paying for them. And after a serious committee of legislators produced a strong ethics bill, Tilley used his power as floor leader and speaker-in-waiting to gut it. Eventually, he resigned his seat, became a lobbyist, and put into practice every bit of undue influence a strong ethics bill would have sought to outlaw.” …

“In March 2014, Steve Tilley’s committee, Friends of Tilley, gave $5,000 to Missouri Growth. A month later, Noranda Aluminum, the smelter in southeastern Missouri, gave $5,000 to the committee. Tilley is a lobbyist for the Fair Energy Action Rate Fund, which is an ally of Noranda (and funded by Noranda and others), in the battle against Ameren Missouri electric rate increases.

Missouri Growth’s first actual donation to a state representative came in September 2014. It gave $750 to Rep. Jeremy Lafaver, D-Kansas City. In October, the committee received $1,000 from another committee Tilley used to control as speaker, MO Leadership Committee, and $7,500 from a 501-c-4 nonprofit called Missourians for Low Energy Costs. That committee was the subject of previous Missouri Ethics Commission complaints accusing it of being a shill for Noranda.”

MO Leadership Committee, for this year appears to be, predominately funded by Senator Gary Romine and Representative Kevin Engler; more on them later.

When he resigned, the former speaker had a nearly $1 million campaign account, earning interest from an investment in bank shares. Almost immediately, he began using it to give him an advantage other lobbyists didn’t have, donating five-figure checks to lawmakers who would then turn around and hire him as a consultant, often for similar amounts of money. “

Four years later, an ex-politician is still benefiting from his campaign fund

“Raising campaign funds is for the purpose of running one’s own campaign, and not using it as a hedge fund,” said the law’s sponsor, state Rep. Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City, who stressed that he was speaking in general terms and not about Tilley specifically. “It’s not for … turning around and using it later to run a business.” …

“Tilley has long invested a large portion of the campaign funds he continues to control, growing tens of thousands of dollars in interest on those funds, from bank stock through a privately held holding company in his hometown of Perryville, Mo. That income, too, is restricted to political use only but can still be donated to the politicians who are being lobbied by Tilley and/or are paying consulting fees to his family.”

And the unethical behavior is a bi-partisan issue!  One can donate to a fund that is to put a democrat in office and later the successful politician can later switch parties and keep their same campaign fund! How is that ethical, it is not!

While Missouri Senator Onder tried to repair the issue of elected politicians immediately turning around and becoming lobbyists, with SB 643, the campaign finance issue still plagues Missourians, so it is up to us to fix it.  By not voting in the unethical that take these monies or voting out the incumbents that do!

If elected I pledge to sign the Missouri Lobbyist Gift-Ban Pledge!

This corruption has to stop in our Missouri politics! 

Isn’t it time to get rid of lawmakers that are lawless?

 

What is up with the Bollinger County Chamber of Commerce?

In the beginning of  my campaign I sighed up with the Bollinger Chamber of Commerce (BOC).  I was just going to do an individual membership, but Ms. Patricia Welker stated that if I purchased a business membership that I would receive an ad in their weekly newsletter and could publish my website.

For the first few weeks, my ad did appear in their Friday newsletter.

However on July 22nd I and the other chamber members received an email, from the gal that had signed me up, Ms. Welker the Administrative Assistant of the BOC.  She was complaining that the BOC was changing her job description to something that was not in her original agreement. Below is the .pdf of the content of that email.

members-of-the-bollinger-county-chamber-of-commerce

They fired Ms. Welker, a six year employee.

On August 19th I emailed the president of the chamber Becky Davenport:

” Hello,

I recently joined the Bollinger Chamber of Commerce because of the newsletter as one of the stated benefits. I find the newsletter is no longer being produced. Is there no longer a Bollinger Chamber of Commerce?

Victoria Proffer”

She responded that same day:

“Ms Proffer, Thank you for your email, I am sorry we have had a change in staffing!  The newsletter will begin again later this month!  Thank you!”

Today is the 15th of October and still there is no weekly newsletter, as stated as a benefit as a business member.  And as of today, their website, with my business listing, is not resolving.

http://www.bollingercountychamber.com/default.asp

UPDATE: BOC must have seen our article, as now their website is back up.  Good for them! Other members should not be ‘penalized’ because of what appears to be ‘pettiness’ …

What I find interesting is the fact that my republican opponent, Rick Francis may be associated to BOC, in some form or fashion.

Is there any connection?

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If there is, this is disgraceful!

And no way to manage a Chamber of Commerce!

And has to show the voter that we need to get rid of corrupt politics in Missouri!

UPDATE: YES there is a connection!

Rick Francis’ MEC 2016 April report –

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Isn’t this ‘election tampering’?

Why are America’s Teachers supporting Hillary Clinton?

teacherI use to think that teaching was an honorable profession,  with a moral code; until I realized that our children were not being educated, at least in the way that I had.  While it is important for teachers to instill a good moral, value base for our children, the subject of civics and constitutionality, seem to, have been discarded along the way!

This is shameful!

Civics Education Testing Only Required In 9 States For High School Graduation: CIRCLE Study

I come to this conclusion from lots of research. I recently ran a poll on my Facebook page to find who of my friends were voting for Hillary Clinton. What I, amazingly, found was that the very, and I mean very few, several were teachers!  And then I started researching and found that Ms. Clinton has several Teacher Unions, across our great nation, that are supporting a Clinton presidency!

The Teachers’ Candidate

Why did both unions representing teachers endorse Hillary Clinton?

Teachers Union Backs Clinton for President

  • It is immoral to be above the law.
  • It is immoral to sell out ones country to the highest bidder.
  • It is immoral to leave our men behind, as was done in Benghazi.
  • It is immoral to condone, enable and protect rapists.
  • It is immoral to abort unborn babies, at any stage of their development!
  • It is immoral NOT to teach these values to our children!

How is it MORAL to support this woman?

I believe that the folks supporting Hillary Rodham Clinton, either have a.) something to gain from her presidency, b.) have not done their research or c.) have had way too much schooling!

And when I talk about ‘schooling’ make no mistake, the dumbing down of our children is a planned subversion!

Last chance America, to get it right!

 

 

 

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