u.s. senate

Kander gives away $25,000 donation from Thornton firm

Oct 31, 2016

 Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jason Kander, who is involved in a tight race with incumbent Republican Roy Blunt in Missouri, has written a $25,000 check to the U.S. Treasury as a way of turning back a questionable campaign donation.

A report in the Boston Globe found that the Thornton Law Firm in Massachusetts allegedly reimbursed partners for political donations, a practice that is illegal under federal election law. Kander spokesman Chris Hayden said the law firm donated $25,000 to Kander's campaign in May 2015.

Luke Runyon / Harvest Public Media

Top officials for Monsanto and Bayer are defending their proposed $66 billion merger as a deal that could help American farmers through greater investments in technology. They made the case Tuesday to skeptical senators worried the merger could hurt American farmers already struggling with lower crop prices and higher seed costs.

The combination of the American seed and weed-killer and German medicine and farm-chemical maker would create a global agricultural and chemical giant with a broad array of products.

Missouri's contest for the U.S. Senate between Democrat Jason Kander and Republican Roy Blunt is getting more national attention - and money.

Washington is abuzz about Kander's new TV ad, which shows him assembling an assault weapon blindfolded. Aside from being creative, the ad also highlights the key roles of guns and the military in both campaigns.

Outside groups are running attack ads the claim Blunt hasn't done enough for veterans, while the NRA is accusing Kander of being soft on gun rights.

C-SPAN

  Last week there was lots of talk about a hearing in which Dr. Mehmet Oz met his match in U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.). She's the chair of the Consumer Protection Committee.  Oz went before the committee to testify on the marketing of "miracle" weight loss cures. Missouri School of Journalism professors Jim Flink, Mike McKean and Amy Simons discuss the issue.