Missouri's most prolific political financier gave nearly $1.3 million to various political causes in the closing weeks of 2013.
Online state campaign finance reports show that retired investment firm executive Rex Sinquefield gave $750,000 to Teachgreat.org, $495,000 to Grow Missouri and $25,000 to Missourians for Excellence in Government during the final weeks of December.
A Missouri teachers union says it is spending at least $100,000 on commercials urging state lawmakers to uphold the governor's veto of an income tax cut.
The Missouri chapter of the National Education Association says the TV and radio spots began running Tuesday and will continue for a week. The ads assert the tax cut would benefit "corporate special interests" while "stealing money from our schools."
Lawmakers are to convene Sept. 11 to decide whether to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto.
A retired Missouri investment executive who has given millions of dollars to campaigns has filed a lawsuit challenging a proposed ballot measure seeking to establish campaign contribution limits.
According to a Kansas City Star report on Tuesday, Rex Sinquefield argues in his lawsuit that contribution limits would infringe on constitutional rights to free speech and free association. The suit contends the proposed limits are so low they inhibit effective advocacy, particularly as political campaigns become more costly.
A new report by the Department of Mental Health, or DMH, found the department would have to cut 87 million dollars annually. Federal matching funds would also be lost, which brings that number to approximately $164 million per year.
Speaking at the Autism Center for Diagnosis and Treatment at Southeast Missouri State University, Nixon said that would permanently undermine the state’s ability to fund mental health services.
A new political group is launching a campaign to persuade legislators to override the governor's veto of a bill that would phase in various income tax reductions. Political activist Rex Sinquefield has contributed $1.3 million to a business coalition that supports a cut in income taxes.
The contribution reported Thursday on the state Ethics Commission website provides the financial foundation for a newly formed committee called Grow Missouri.
A Missouri couple has given $1.4 Million to the University of Missouri to continue new-music programs at the university. Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield, of Westphalia, Missouri, have given the gift to continue to expand the Mizzou New Music Initiative and the Creating Original Music Project at MU. MU Chancellor Brady Deaton announced the gift at the annual MU Chancellor’s Concert Monday night.
Wealthy Republican donors are starting Christmas early. Somewhat uncharacteristically, GOP donor David Humphreys donated $25,000 to Democratic Governor Jay Nixon on Friday. Humphreys is the head of a Joplin based roofing company and usually donates exclusively to Republicans – in fact, he donated about $1.5 million to conservatives and conservative organizations just this year.