On the same day he issued a call for ethics reform that would include restored campaign contribution limits and the elimination of committee-to-committee donations, Gov. Jay Nixon received $25,000 from a St. Charles continuing committee.
A 48-hour report filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission today indicates the Lewis & Clark Regional Leadership Fund, St. Charles, gave $25,000 to Nixon's campaign fund, as well as $25,000 to the campaign fund of Nixon's most likely challenger in the 2012 campaign, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder.
Of course, there could be more to this contribution than meets the eye, since the management of the Lewis & Clark committee is handled by Strategic Communications, Cape Girardeau, a firm with ties to Kinder. That leaves open the possibility of a contribution aimed specifically at discrediting Nixon's ethics proposal.
Ethics Commission records for 2009 show the committee's largest contributions are those made to Nixon, Kinder, and Speaker of the House Ron Richard, R-Joplin, who received $25,000 on Sept. 21.
The fund receives its money from numerous special interests, most of them from the St. Louis area, including $12,000 from Holekamp Capital, St. Louis; $12,000 from Cole & Associates, St. Louis; $12,000 from Kiel Center Partners, St. Louis; $12,000 from Ameren UE, $12,000 from Paric, O'Fallon; $12,000 from Long Term Care Leadership PAC, Jefferson City, as well as contributions from the Missouri Hospital Association and retired billionaire Rex Sinquefield.