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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.
In his rush to the right, GOP lieutenant governor candidate Brad Lager has been caught exaggerating the positive ratings he received from the National Rifle Association. In a TV ad that was still up Thursday on YouTube, Lager claims he has the NRA’s highest rating, an “A-Plus.” The NRA reserves that rating for those who have the strongest pro-gun voting records,sponsors of pro-gun legislation. But the NRA confirms Lager’s actual rating is a more pedestrian “A,” not the “A-Plus” that is coveted by conservative candidates.” Lager’s opponent in the Aug. 7 primary, Lt. Guv. Peter Kinder, has been endorsed “A-Plus” by the NRA in every race he’s run since 2000. Kinder also co-sponsored versions of Missouri’s concealed weapons law since 1997, nearly a decade before Lager came to Jeff City. Kinder was Sen. President Pro Tem when tghat chamber overrode then-Guv. Bob Holden’s veto of the legislation. Kinder even dispatched a chartered plane to bring back a traveling senator to gather enough votes to override Dem. Holden back in 2003. “Kinder is one of the NRA’s oldest and best friends in the Missouri Capitol,” says a GOP statehouse insider. “if Lager is misrepresenting his NRA rating to get conservative votes, what else is he going to make up?”