Monday, October 15, 2007
Koster: How low will he Sinquefield?
Republican turned Democrat Chris Koster hit the jackpot Sept. 28.
That was the day, according to his disclosure report that the attorney general candidate raked in about $99,450 from 78 political action committees organized by retired billionaire educational voucher supporter Rex Sinquefield.
Not so coincidentally, you can be sure, nearly all of those committees were created the same day, according to Ethics Commission records.
The committees go by such misleading names as "My Job, My Wage," "Parents and Public Schools," "Missourians for Economic Growth," "Missourians Needing Educational Alternatives," "Missourians Supporting Teaching Excellence," etc.
And, of course, as reported previously, all of these misnamed organizations have various regional satellites, all of which are pouring the maximum $1,275 apiece into Koster's campaign.
Sept. 28, also saw Koster striking the jackpot with Harrah's Casino, St. Louis, which also made a maximum $1,275 contribution. It is one of two casino contributions noted in the disclosure report. Coincidentally, the other one, for $600 from Isle of Capri Casinos, came the same day, Sen. Jeff Smith, D-St. Louis, and Rep. Joe Aull, D-Kansas City, were arrested for misusing Aull's identification, during a casino junket paid for by lobbyist Chris Liese and including Sen. Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City, Sen. Wes Shoemyer, Rep. Judith Baker, D-Columbia, and Sen. Chuck Graham, D-Columbia.