Archive for the ‘Government, Politics, Law and Order’ Category
Ever-vigilant watchdog blogger Randy Turner digs into Missouri campaign finance reports like a hungry hound after a T-bone. The flood of 8-days-before-election reports ahead of the party primaries a week from today provided startling new findings for Turner. In an exclusive today, Turner reports on a shadowy sham third-party group spending six figures from anonymous sources to promote Republican Brad Lager’s bid for lieutenant governor by paying for TV ads and direct mailers attacking the incumbent: “A shadowy organization that exists only on paper, Better Government for Missouri, is paying for a $200,000 direct mail hit job on Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, according to documents filed Monday with the Missouri Ethics Commission. As noted earlier in the Turner Report and other sources, Better Government for Missouri was created July 13 as a limited liability company and one day later funneled $100,000 to the St. Joseph-based Missourians for Conservative Values PAC.” That shadowy PAC, Turner continues, funneled $100,000 through a D.C.-based firm to buy attack ads against Kinder. Now, Turner has found that “five days after Better Government for Missouri was formed, it gave another $200,000 to Missourians for Conservative Values for a direct mailing against Kinder, according to the eight-days-before-election report filed with the Ethics Commission.” Keep up with Turner’s watchdog digging at http://rturner229.blogspot.
With hours to go before the opening of the Olympics in London, NBC has rung up $1 billion in advertising spending during the broadcast. That’s beside the $6.5 million coming from President Obama’s re-election campaign. The expenditures for the Olympics will reach NBC, NBC Sports, MSNBC, CNBC, Telemundo, Bravo and streaming website NBCOlympics.com. Meanwhile, analysts figure the network will lose around $200 million. A major part is being used to re-launch the new “Today Show” team as well as its new primetime lineup. Industry types say the Olympics should be a ratings boon to the struggling NBC.
The St. Louis American is editorially boosting Lacy Clay in his 1st Congressional District Democratic primary showdown with fellow incumbent Russ Carnahan. And the most-read paper in the African-American community has its “Political Eye” column taking its usual potshots at Carnahan. But the paper’s ad department is ringing up some sales to the Carnahan campaign. Online at the top of The American’s website is a Carnahan link to a video ad lambasting “Pay-Day Clay,” for Lacy’s big donations from the payday loan industry that particularly prey on lower-income residents and the African-American community. The American website ad is bannered: “Watch the shocking video Lacy Clay Jr. doesn’t want you to see.”
Gary Salant and Douglas Dalton of our town have been indicted on federal fraud charges for engaging in a real estate project, Mary Margaret Day Care a.k.a. Little Treasures’ Day Care and Learning Center on north Florissant. They were to construct two buildings. Salant obtained a $1.3 million loan in 2008 for the construction and used that property as collateral. The indictment alleges that from 2008-2010, Salant made a series of draw requsts totaling $1.3 million of the loan. Dalton created a fictitious company, Kemp Sales Group, LLC in 2009 to create invoices to present to Midland States Bank for draws on a loan. Salant and Dalton never completed construction of the two buildings and have failed to open Little Treasures’. Salant was indicted by a federal grand jury on five felony counts of bank fraud; Dalton of Kirkwood was indicted on five felony and one felony count of wire fraud. The case was investigated by the FBI and First Asst. U.S. Attorney Michael Reap and Asst. U.S. Attorney Anthony Franks are handling the case for the U.S. Attorney’s office.
For the second time in a few months, barrister Gerald Noce has failed to stop a child sex abuse and cover up lawsuit against the Marianists and Brother William Mueller. This week the Mo. Supreme Court ruled against Noce and in favor of Clayton attorney Ken Chackes and Florida attorney Adam Horowitz. who represent the alleged victim. (Two other men who also say Mueller molested them at St. Mary’s lost the statute of limitations. They were represented by a K.C.lawyer.) Mueller now lives in San Antonio.
Moneybags Rex Sinquefield just dropped $385k – you read right, $385k in one single donation – to the campaign of northwest Missouri state senator Brad Lager’s bid for lieutenant governor. Lager, who made a failed race for state treasurer four years ago, is challenging incumbent Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder in the August Republican primary. Kinder, it seems, wouldn’t do Rex’s bidding. It looks like there are Republicans and there are REXpublicans. . .The Mo. Police Chiefs Association gave its first -ever “Leadership Award” to Attorney Gen. Chris Koster at the Mo. Law Enforcement Conference at Lake of the Ozarks. . .Former Bar Association prez Tom Glick is hanging out his own shingle. . .As if we don’t have enough extremists seeking public office,Jack Wu, a backer of the controversial Rev. Fred Phelps, Sr.’s Westboro Baptist Church (the outfit that pickets funerals of soldiers to protest gays and lesbians) is running for the Kansas State Board of Ed. . .Scott Miller’s New Line Theatre has snagged the rightsd for three premieres: “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson”; “Next to Normal” and “Bukowsical”. . .St. Louis Symph and the American Federation of Musicians, Local 2-197 have pacted a four-year labor contract that runs Sept. 2, 2013- Aug. 27, 2017. . .Writing in USA Today, ex-Post-Dispatch scribe Deirdre Shesgreen notes that while Missouri isn’t on the list of top swing states in the presidential race, that may be temporary because Missouri hasn’t undergone any major demographic changes, but rather “a few subtle political shifts.” “Missouri is probably more competitive than a lot of the pundits think,” saidPeverill Squire, a political science professor at the University of Missouri. And Richard Martin, who ran campaigns for Claire McCaskill and Bill Clinton, predicts there’s even a slim chance that Missouri might emerge as a battleground state late in this election season.. .Elizabeth Winer of Kantar Media’s Campaign Media Analysis Group points out that some in northern Missouri are seeing “spillover” spots aimed at Iowa voters. In April and May, spending on presidential ads largely went to Ohio ($8.4 million); Virginia ($4.3 million) and Pennsylvania ($4.1 million) followed by Nevada, North Carolina, Iowa, and Florida.
The defunct law firm is being sued by its landlord for four months back rent, while GJN is selling furnishings in an online auction, according to Missouri Lawyers Weekly. . . The doors of KSDK are revolving in front of the cameras as sports producer Keith Robinson ankled the starion for a plush gig as director of TNT Sports in Atlanta. Kudos and libatitons flowed Saturday on the roof of J. Buck’s where sports director Rene Knott toasted Robinson and his several hundred family and pals. . .Louise Baushcard, founder of the Women’s Self Help Center, continues her good works in Oregon, wherfe she moved in 1994. She’s set up another non-profit, Voices Set Free, to help children of incarcerated parents and is co-sponsoring a Walk Across Oregon to End Abuse and Heal the Wounds next month.
Three pointers filled the lunchtime air at Molly Darcy’s in Clayton, where Molly’s helmsman Carl Wnter and LHM bossman Bob O’Laughlin hosted three of our towns basketball legends: Jim Kennedy; Jim “Bubba” Goessling and Rich Grawer. While the lynchpins of DeSmet Jesuit’s first State Chamionship exchanged long range barbs, onlooker’s Michael B. Smallwood and Clayton High A.D. Bob Bonebeamed from ear to ear. Nearby, CBC alum Tom Neusel, with his son Connor, recounted running into Goessling’s fellow Christ the King of U.City alum Tara McCormack Hogan at Neusel’s 40 year CBC High School reunion. Other CKS alums include Ronnoco’s Frank Guyol, the late John Ferrara and former Congresswoman Joan Kelly Horn. Sayeth Neusel: “We Catholic’s don’t care which high school you attended – we want to know which parish you grew up in!” Future barrister Connor Neusel, fresh off completing his second year at Mizzou Law, is interning with real estate/golf legend Tom O’Toole’s firm.