Monday, July 25, 2005

The Family That Pays Together, Stays Together: A Look at Blunt's Campaign Contribututions.

In this day and age when family members usually go their separate ways, you have to appreciate a local family that bucks that trend.Take the Beshores.They're a family that follows the old saying, "The family that pays together stays together," and the man they are paying is Missouri Governor Matt Blunt.The media made a big deal out of Blunt's early campaign war chest of three quarters of a million, but they overlooked the little guy, the family guy, the one who spends his hard-earned money to improve government.That's Lance Beshore, Joplin. By night, he's a family man, but 24 hours a day, he is a lobbyist in the employ of Carthage-based Fortune 500 company Leggett & Platt.According to the campaign disclosure forms on the Missouri Ethics Commission website, Dr. Beshore, listed as a physician, gave the governor the maximum contribution, $1,200. His wife, Sharon Cornell Beshore, listed as a homemaker, also gave $1,200. His son, Brent Beshore, listed as student gave $1,200. (If I could have donated $1,200 to politicians when I was in college, I wouldn't had to have spent years paying off a student loan.) Dr. Beshore's father-in-law, Harry Cornell, of Leggett & Platt gave $1,200.The Leggett & Platt extended family also stepped up to the plate. Karl Glassman gave, you guessed it, $1,200. and Leggett & Platt itself was also down for $1,200.In addition to Leggett & Platt, the governor once again had a steady stream of contributions from registered lobbyists, in addition to Dr. Beshore, though none of them were listed as lobbyists.Among those:-Burch and Associates, the lobbying firm operated by former State Representative Jerry Burch gave $300. His firm represents Missouri Hospital Association, Southwest Missouri State University, Greene County Commission, Springfield City Utilities, and the Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce.-Gaines Brown Consulting, a lobbyist firm gave $1,200, which represents Monsanto, Premium Standard Farms, Kansas City Chiefs, and Southwestern Bell (SBC) among others.-L. Kent Gaines lobbyist for Gaines Brown Consulting, $1,200. No occupation was listed for Gaines.-University of Missouri lobbyist Tom Atkins donated $1,200. His occupation is listed as Tom Atkins Investments.-Kenneth Teasdale with the lobbying firm Armstrong Teasdale, which represents Ameren UE, gave $1,200. His firm was listed for his occupation.-Harvey Tettlebaum, lobbyist for the Missouri Health Care Association, donated $1,200.Sizable donations from lobbyists are par for the course for a Blunt campaign. As The Turner Report noted on May 25, Matt Blunt received money from nearly 100 registered lobbyists during his 2004 gubernatorial campaign. You can find that information at:http://rturner229.blogspot.com/2005/05/much-has-been-written-about-amount-of.html***One of the most interesting donors on the disclosure form filed by Governor Blunt's campaign was "Columbia Fee Office," which gave $1,200 on June 30.Joplin-area donors, in addition to those associated with Leggett & Platt included:David Humphreys, TAMKO, $1,200, Dr. Blake Little, Joplin, $1,200; Ron Richard, listed as C&N Bowl Corp, $1,200, Patty Richard, Joplin, $1,200; and Dee Wampler, Springfield, attorney, $500.

3 Comments:

At 5:48 PM, Blogger Darin said...

This is an interesting article. I wonder if there is a way around this type of thing. Many companies have spinoffs that legally are different LLC's. Do you think it's even possible to regulate? I'm curious about the backup data for your argument. I'd like to quote you!

 
At 6:35 PM, Blogger MO Citizens said...

Letter to the Editor

Draft Jim Kreider

U.S. Representative Roy Blunt has lost his down to earth sense he
had when he went to congress in 1996. His own chief of staff and
himself have given Tom Delay over $20,000 for his legal defense
fund. It seems that Mr. Blunt wants to look like he is being loyal to Republicans by supporting Delay, while most think Mr. Delay will step down by the first of the year and Blunt will move from the
number three to number two position. Mr. Blunt clearly wants to have his cake and eat it too. Blunt is the head of the Missouri
congressional leadership just what we need, more corruption and
indictments in our state.

Then you have former State Representative and former Speaker of the Missouri House Jim Kreider who was known statewide as a people person who has a keen sense of what is important to the citizens. He understands that he works for the citizens rather than the other way around. Jim Kreider had a reputation while Speaker for bringing people and both sides together to get things done. We need a person like Kreider to get things moving in Congress.
A website www.draftkreideruscongress.org tells more of the effort to Draft Mr. Kreider.

Sincerely,


Steven L. Reed
2010 East Page D22
Springfield, MO 65802
417-866-4453


A July 12, 2004 Washington Post story states a political action
committee ran by Tom Delay requested Kenneth Lay send money. Delay
directed money from corporations and Washington lobbyist to
Republican campaign coffers in 2001 and 2002 as plan to redraw the
voting districts. So Texas congressional districts were decided with
tainted money!

 
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