Friday, July 20, 2007
$27,400 in Blunt contributions linked to Moark
One of the enduring mysteries of the past couple of years has been how RES in Carthage keeps getting nailed for excessive odor, but Moark not only skates by without problems but gets its projects approved by the state despite a long history of being a polluter.
Perhaps the answer can be found in campaign finance reports. RES, as far as I can tell, has not contribute a cent to anyone who would stand up for its interests. Moark, on the other hand, has a considerable history of pouring big bucks into political campaigns.
The second quarter disclosure report for Missourians for Matt Blunt, the governor's campaign committee, showed that Moark executive Jerry Wells contributed $5,000 and has given $6,200 total this year, but a group called Consultant Associates, based in Carthage, contributed $20,000 during the last quarter, and has chipped in with $21,200 this year.
Consultant Associates' most recent annual report, filed May 3, 2006, with the Missouri Secretary of State's office lists one person, Jerry Wells, 18 Fox Hollow, Joplin, as president, secretary, and as the only member of the Board of Directors.
I have written numerous times about Moark's political contributions, but a perfect example of how the company has used them to improve its lot in Jefferson City can be seen from the Jan. 3, 2006 Turner Report.