Missouri GOP: Chutzpah Pays

Crossposted from Show Me Progress: If there's one thing Republicans know, it's that chutzpah pays.  I swear to god, they're missing the embarrassment gene.  The most recent example is their attack on the Missouri Ethics Commission for failing to have a public discussion before ruling that candidates should return their over-the-limit campaign contributions unless they can prove that doing so would be a hardship.

"THE COMMISSION VIOLATED THE STATE'S SUNSHINE LAW!" Republicans screeched in voices that rose to a range above the hearing of bats, frothing and flailing at the injustice of it all--this just a couple of days after the governor's office blithely defended deleting thousands of e-mails as a matter of course.  The Sunshine Law they're so eager to pounce on forbids doing that, and they know it too, because Matt Blunt signed the requirement into law.

There's a word for that ... starts with "H", I'm pretty sure.  "Hyp"? ... It'll come to me.

The Ethics Commission, horrified as they were to have the issue of returning over-the-limit campaign contributions dumped in their lap, made a misstep.  So now they're rescinding their letter notifying candidates of their decision, and they're planning a public comments opportunity at their Oct. 4 meeting.  They're not convinced that their private meeting was illegal, but they're cowed by the fury of the Republican reaction and the lawsuit that the GOP filed in a nanosecond:

"We find ourselves in a mess, in my opinion," said commissioner Ken Legan, of Halfway, who made the motion essentially calling for a do-over. "We probably ought to rescind our actions of Sept. 11 -- not that we made a mistake, but because of things that have happened."

Everybody's afraid of being a Republican target.  The Supreme Court really ought to have ruled on this question, but, quailing at the concerted campaign to label them "activist judges", they tossed the hot potato into the only available lap.  And now that the members of the Ethics Commission have bloodied noses, they're likely to be more malleable than they ought to about what constitutes "hardship".  (Let me just mention that finding an envelope and a stamp do not constitute "hardship".)

Matt Blunt et. al. have gotten their bluff in, and they intend to swagger away with their swag. 

Meanwhile, our gubernatorial candidate, Jay Nixon, as well as both Democratic Attorney General candidates--Margaret Donnelly and Jeff Harris--have said they are returning over-the-limit contributions.


Tags: Missouri Ethics Commission, over-the-limit campaign contributions, Sunshine Law (all tags)



Re: Missouri GOP: Chutzpah Pays

And republican Governor Matt "baby" Blunt gets a big chunk of change from swiftboat liar financers:

The Missouri Ethics Commission shows the very large contributions made to Blunt's 2008 campaign after January 1, 2007.

From the April quarterly report:

Bob Perry  Houston, TX - Perry Homes    3/4/2007
Doylene Perry Houston, TX - Perry Homes    3/4/2007

From the July quarterly report:

Bob Perry Houston, TX - Perry Homes    6/11/2007
Doylene Perry Houston, TX - Perry Homes    6/11/2007

There's a history of generous giving there:

Bob Perry - The Man Behind Swift Boat Veterans for Truth

Austin, TX: Bob Perry, a major Texas donor to the Republican Party, President Bush, Republican candidates, and conservative, pro-business political committees has contributed $200,000 to Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, a group attacking John Kerry's Vietnam service.

The Houston-based Perry owns Perry Homes, one of the state's largest homebuilders with reported revenues of $420 million in 2002. While an active political donor since the mid-1980's, over the past three years Perry has eclipsed the giving of Texas' elite money men and positioned himself as the largest single political donor in Texas giving candidates and committees more than $5.2 million since 2000.

Perry worked with Karl Rove as early as 1986 when Perry served as Campaign Treasurer for Republican gubernatorial candidate William Clements and Rove served as a campaign consultant and fundraiser....

Hmmm, I wonder if karl rove is going to come work the 2008 election in Missouri?

August 27, 2004

The chief financial backer of Swift Boat Veterans for Truth and its television ad challenging Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry's military record is a wealthy Texas homebuilder known for his deep pockets and aversion to the limelight.

Bob J. Perry, 71, provided at least $100,000 to help start the veterans group at the urging of his friend John O'Neill....

....White House senior adviser Karl Rove told Fox television's Brit Hume this week that he's known Perry for 25 years, and he was one of the few wealthy Texans "willing to write checks to support Republican candidates....."

There's karl again.

...Perry, described as a "close friend of both Karl Rove and John E. O'Neill and "the single largest Texas donor to the Republican Party", contributed 4.5 million dollars to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth smear campaign against then presidential candidate John F. Kerry...

That's some serious money.

He seems to like Mitt!

The primary funder of an independent group that raised questions about the résumé of Sen. John F. Kerry during the 2004 presidential election has signed on to raise money for former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney's GOP presidential campaign.

Bob Perry, a Houston home builder, is named as a member of Romney's Texas Leadership Team in an invite for a fundraising event in Dallas on March 26.

Perry has earned a reputation for his willingness to finance "527" groups. He gained notoriety for the $4.5 million he donated to Swift Boat Veterans for Truth...

2006 was a good year, but not so successful:

In the 2006 midterms Perry spent about $9 million on robo calls, mailers, and TV and radio ads attacking 20 Democratic House and Senate candidates. Highlights included Montana's gay-baiting TV ad "Brokebank Democrats," and his impish habit of putting the home phone telephone numbers of Democratic challengers in his ads.

Perry even took the trouble to funnel his meddling millions through three separate, generically-named "527" groups. But none of his sleight-of-hand amounted to much of anything this time around: In 14 of the 20 races, his GOP candidate lost. Four of his candidates won; they're still puzzling over the ballots in two.

For about $2 million per win, Perry annoyed the hell out of hundreds of thousands -- if not millions -- of Americans with prerecorded mudslinging phone calls, angry mailers and the like...

I wonder if karl has bought a house in Missouri?

by Michael Bersin 2007-09-24 07:47AM | 0 recs
Re: Missouri GOP: Chutzpah Pays

So it isn't just too much money we'd like Blunt to get rid of.  It's money from a scurrilous S.O.B.

by Jo Etta 2007-09-24 10:38AM | 0 recs
Re: Missouri GOP: Chutzpah Pays

They'll end up passing the money through party committees. The personal contribution limit [pdf] for statewide office is now $1,275.00 (via the Missouri Ethics Commission). With a party committee being able to contribute 10 times the personal limit, that would mean that "baby" Blunt has to find 23.53 party committees to clear the $300,000.00 contribution to his campaign.

by Michael Bersin 2007-09-24 12:27PM | 0 recs


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