An e-mail sent by Missouri's top voucher proponent, Rep. Jane Cunningham to the All Children Matter group indicates Rep. Marilyn Ruestman, R-Joplin, may be in the pocket of voucher proponents, and if she's not, they certainly think she is.
The voucher group, which is heavily funded by Amway leader and Michigan politician Dick DeVos and Wal-Mart's Walton family, has poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into Missouri campaigns, with mixed success, over the past couple of years in an effort to fuel the voucher movement.
The e-mail was revealed Tuesday in the Fired Up Missouri blog and included the following passage:
Jerry Nolte has taken some pretty brave steps for us in a risky district. Others may be Rex Rector, Jim Lembke, Therese Sander, Marilyn Ruestman, Tim Flook, Bob Behnen in the Senate and Victor Callahan if he has a race, maybe the fellow running against Sara Lampe if he has a chance.
An earlier Fired Up post indicated All Children Matter spent more than $84,000 on the August primary alone.