During the past couple of days I have been outlining the money that Moark, its chief officers, and its fellow Land O'Lakes subsidiary NutraBlend have been pouring into the coffers of local Republican candidates and committees. The total was approximately $6,000 as of yesterday's post.
Add another $1,100 to that total. Missouri Ethics Commission records show that Moark official Jerry Wells contributed that much to the 129th Legislative District Republican Committee, according to the October 2005 disclosure form. Wells' name was listed among the names of numerous lobbyists and, of course, other special interest groups. NutraBlend donated $500 in October 2004.
The October 2005 listing included:
-Empire District Electric Company $300
-MBA Ozark Region PAC $300
-MBA State PAC $300
-Governmental Services Group, Inc. Jefferson City, a lobbying firm whose clients include the Missouri Hospital Association, $300
-Conservative Committee of Southwest Missouri, $300
-Elect Nodler Committee $300
-Lobbyist James Farrell, who represents numerous St. Louis interests, $150
-Missouri Southern State University lobbyist Kyna Iman $150
-Freeman Health CEO Gary Duncan and his wife, Suzanne, $300
-Kansas City Chiefs $300
-The lobbying firm of Burch and Associates, which represents the Branson Area Chamber of Commerce, among other clients, $150
-Harrah's Entertainment $400
-Missouri Gaming Company $400
-Anheuser Busch $800
-David Humphrey, TAMKO, $600
-Leggett & Platt, $1,000
A fascinating report was filed 30 days after the November 2004, including the following contributors:
Leggett & Platt, $1,000; Ameristar Casinos $600; Missouri Republican Party $48,400; Gary and Ruby Rowe (St. John's) $200; Gary and Suzanne Duncan (Freeman) $500; Empire District Electric $1,000; David Humphrey (TAMKO) $1,000; and Rudy Farber, Neosho, $1,000.
The October 2004 report showed an additional $5,000 from Empire District Electric Company, and the aforementioned $500 from NutraBlend.
The most recent report filed by the committee last month shows a contribution of $12,187.25 from the late Larry Gene Taylor's campaign committee, $300 from Empire District Electric Company, and $5,450 from the Republican State Committee.
The committee contributed $3,000 to the 32nd Senatorial District Committee, $1,200 to the Matt Blunt re-election campaign, $1,512.50 to 129th District Representative Ron Richard's campaign; $5,450 to the re-election campaign of Senator Jack Goodman, R-Mount Vernon and smaller amounts to campaigns across the state, including $400 to the committee of Bryan Stevenson, R-Webb City; and $320 to the committee of Ed Emery, R-Lamar.