Friday, July 13, 2007
Campaign documents show Bearden worked for everyone but his constituents
The July disclosure report filed by former House Speaker Pro Tem Carl Bearden, R-St. Charles, with the Missouri Ethics Commission July 11 shows Bearden was taking care the interests of every employer he had except for the people who voted him into office.
Bearden, who has resigned to take another job, widely rumored to be with billionaire Rex Sinquefield's think tank the Show-Me Institute, spent $577.50 of his campaign money on travel expenses for Sinquefield's lobbyist Travis Brown, according to the disclosure report.
Bearden, who came under attack from the Missouri Democratic Party in May for pushing legislation favoring nursing homes while working for industry's chief lobbying organization, the Missouri Health Care Association, continued to rake in big bucks from that organization during the past three months.
The Ethics Commission documents indicate Bearden received $2,950 from the nursing home industry during the reporting period, including $1,000 from the Residential Care Facility PAC, and $650 apiece from the Missouri Health Care Association PAC, the Missouri Health Care Association District 1 PAC and the Missouri Health Care Association District 3 PAC.
More information on Bearden's connections with the nursing home industry can be found in the May 29 Turner Report.