Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Something Stinks in the 47th (Grisamore)

Something doesn't smell quite right in Rep. Grisamore's (R) campaign filings (47th - Eastern Jackson County).

Rep. Grisamore reported $1,500 on hand in April of 2007. That is horrible for an incumbent of the party in the majority. Grisamore voted to remove the caps, effectively putting his vote up for sale to the highest bidder.

On January 25, 2007, Rep. Jane Cunningham (R - Chesterfield) donated $325 (the old cap) to Grisamore. Less than two months later, on March 13, 2007, Rep. Cunningham asked for her money back. Grisamore's MEC filing lists it as "requested return." Must be that Cunningham is in tough financial straights to take back $325 from a guy with only $1,500 in his account?

Guess again, Rep. Cunningham reports $122,243.77 on hand at the end of April 2007. Somehow, Cunningham reports getting the check on the exact same date that Grisamore sent it. Amazing!

So what is up with a state rep from Chesterfield having so much dough? The Missouri National Educational Association calls Cunningham "misinformed."
Retired Missouri Supreme Court Judge Ann Covington (who was appointed by a Republican) and the Missouri Bar have described Cunningham's bills as an "assault" on an independant judiciary. calls her "Queen of Bad Ideas" for her attacks on universities and affirmative action for recruiting conservatives to college campuses.

Where does Cunningham get this kind of cash? America's Home Place gave her $15,000!! That's right, thanks to Grisamore and other Republicans, campaign contribution limits are gone and Cunningham can take $15,000 from a contributor in Georgia. A police officer accuses America's Home Place of fraud. America's Home Place builds homes in the Southeast. Conner is also a huge supporter of the Alliance for the Separation of School and State and states "I proclaim publicly that I favor ending government involvement in education." has reported on the highly "wingnuttery" relationship between Cunningham and Conner.

So what is up, Rep. Grisamore and Rep. Cunningham. Which one of you are more off the charts? Why would Grisamore take money from such a nut ball as Rep. Cunningham? Why would crazy Cunningham ask for her money back if Grismore wasn't twice as weird? I sure hope someone can spread some light on this one.


Anonymous said...

Grisamore wasn't in the legislature when campaign finance caps were removed in 2006. He started his in 2007 when he replaced Bob Johnson.

Phil Cardarella said...

This may be the result of a sort of liberal-conservative split in the religious right wing of the Republican Party (i.e. the 99.9%): They all believe in witches, but the liberals don't favor public burnings.

Also, those liberals are soft on the Theory of Gravity, and are willing to let it be taught in schools, so long as all competing theories (such as God giving us all invisible sticky feet to hold us to the earth) are given equal time.

Alas, all apparently think the stork delivers babies to unwed teenagers and that life is sacred -- but only from conception till birth. Once born, let 'em starve and decrease the excess population.

faceofautism said...

I have a little bit of information that I could share with you on this. It has to do with a bill that should have been filed and never was.

Dan said...

Face -

We try to remain reality-based here. Either provide your information, or don't provide it and remain silent.

You'll notice that in the discussions about Representative Grisamore, the members of the CCP have been careful to provide the basis for the allegations, and have thus provided Representative Grisamore with the opportunity to respond factually.

It's fairness, and it's the right way to go about handling allegations. Frankly, your vague hints don't rise to the level of intelligent discussion.