Monday, July 7, 2008
"Candidates skirt donation limits"
The St. Louis Post Dispatch had a story on Sunday about candidates skirting donation limits via campaign committees. The article spent a considerable amount of time on one candidate, Chris Koster.
— The pass-through system has been particularly helpful to one Democrat running for attorney general, state Sen. Chris Koster of Harrisonville. Of the $833,534 that Koster raised between Oct. 1 and March 31, 81 percent came from campaign committees.
The article goes on to detail who is funding these committees. Some of the most active contributors are wealthy individuals who seek to advance their causes: Rex Sinquefield, a semi-retired financier who seeks an end to Missouri's income tax and supports tax breaks for people who send their children to private or parochial schools. Rex Sinquefield wants vouchers to take kids out of public schools and put them into private schools and is willing to set up 100 PACS to fund candidates who support his vision of education in Missouri. The Post reports that Sinquefield, through his 100 PACS, gave Koster almost $300,000.
There is a 3 way primary for attorney general within the Democratic party. Koster's opponents wasted no time capitalizing on the Post article. You can see the ad above by CCP Endorsed candidate, Rep. Jeff Harris. Harris has put the much rumored Ashcroft/Koster ad on the air. Rep. Margaret Donnelly sent out this fundraising appeal:
Today the Republican attempt to buy our Democratic primary will begin in earnest in Kansas City and St. Louis. Koster and his expensive team will try to pull the wool over the eyes of voters. He will use his ads to avoid answering for his horrible record by saying that he is above politics. We must remind voters that it isn’t politics to ask him to be accountable for his record, it’s common sense. You don’t get “do-over’s” in politics, especially when we are talking about people’s lives.
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The St. Louis Post Dispatch recently published an article that details how Koster has raised a staggering 81% of his campaign war chest from special legislative committees. What they don’t tell you is that Koster and his Republican allies like Rex Sinquefield are using these committees to funnel money in an attempt to buy the Democratic primary for Attorney General.
"Buy the Democratic primary!?!" The outcome of this race will be telling, because insiders in both major parties are asking that same question.