Friday, January 18, 2008
Smith soaks up Sinquefield cash
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Just a few days after announcing he would reject voucher supporter Derio Gambaro's appointment to the State Board of Education, Sen. Jeff Smith, D-St. Louis, filed his quarterly report showing he accepted $9,750 from 15 shell committees formed by retired billionaire voucher supporter Rex Sinquefield.
The disclosure documents, filed three days after the Jan. 15 deadline, showed Smith accepted maximum $650 contributions from 10 regional Public Charter Schools for Missouri committees (Smith has said he supports public charter schools), and five regional committees of Missourians Supporting Teaching Excellence.
Sinquefield provided two-thirds of Smith's contributions for the quarter, according to the report. Smith received $14,100, with all but $650 coming from out-of-district sources. Smith's one St. Louis contributor was the Home Building Industry PAC.
Other maximum contributors to Smith included District 6 Missouri Health Care Association PAC, Jefferson City; District 7 Missouri Health Care Association, Jefferson City; American Family Insurance PAC, St. Joseph.
Smith also picked up $600 from Eli Lilly & Co., Springfield, Ill.; and $500 from the Missouri Hospital Association PAC, Jefferson City.
The good news: Smith did not receive any contributions from the Isle of Capri casinos.