As of Saturday, April 1, Billionaire Rex Sinquefield had dumped a total of $512,057.00 in cash and in-kind contributions into the campaigns for Prop A Body Cam Scam (Make St. Louis Safe PAC) and Prop B Election Date Scam (STL Votes PAC). The donations come via his Great St. Louis Inc, which is not the political action committee by the same name.
The money is going to canvassing workers and field organizing via BML Consulting and Fuse Advertising; and mailings and media via Fuse Advertising and Show Me Victories.
BML Consulting is owned by Blake Lawrence, Chief Counsel or recently former Chief Counsel to State Senator Jamilah Nasheed.
Gerald Hawthorne, Deputy Treasurer for Sinquefield’s Make St. Louis PAC and Treasurer of Sinquefield’s Great St. Louis PAC, is or was associated with Fuse Advertising.
Show Me Victories is the Kelley Group, also the contractors for Prop 1 Economic Development Sales Tax and Prop 2 Use Tax for Soccer Stadium.
Rex Sinquefield’s Great St. Louis pac last filed a report in January and had a very small amount on hand.
The money so far going to Make Saint Louis Safe, Sinquefield’s Proposition A campaign committee, and STL Votes, Sinquefield’s Proposition B campaign committee, is actually coming from Great St. Louis, Inc., not Great St. Louis pac.
Treasurer Marc Ellinger has served a legal counsel and spokesperson for Sinquefield ballot issues, including Sinquefield’s quest to get rid of the City’s earnings taxes.
Thursday, Great St. Louis, Inc., donated another $60,000 to Make Saint Louis Safe (total to date $110,000) and another $60,000 to STL Votes (total to date $110,000).
Tuesday, March 21st, Great St. Louis dumped $50,000 into Make Saint Louis Safe, Rex Sinquefield’s PAC to fund his Proposition A Police Body Camera Scam.
Great St. Louis is entirely funded by Rex Sinquefield, by personal check and closing out the account of his Vote No on the E-Tax PAC.
Most of the Great St. Louis money in 2016 went to the losing 2016 Primary campaigns of Republican candidates– Catherine Hanaway’s campaign for Governor and Kurt Schaefer’s bid for Missouri Attorney General.
Larry Stendebach, the Deputy Treasurer of Great St. Louis, is also Treasurer for Make Saint Louis Safe, and the tech guru for Pelopidas, the PR/lobbying firm making a mint off of Sinquefield.
Stendebach is also Deputy Treasurer for STL Votes!, the PAC to fund Rex Sinquefield’s Prop B Election Date Scam. The proposal would move some but not all local Spring elections to Fall State elections, reducing turnout for school board elections and local ballot issues and with no cost savings.
Treasurer for STL Votes! is Martin Casas, who has run social media for Rex Sinquefield’s Better Together and most recently was employed by the Lyda Krewson for Mayor campaign.
Monday, Great St. Louis also dropped $50,000 on the STL Votes! campaign.
Stendebach was also a petitioner on the Bankrupt Saint Louis 2016 initiative petition to force yet another vote on the City’s earnings tax. The tax was reauthorized in Spring 2016 with 72% of the vote. Outrage over the Bankrupt St. Louis petition was swift and loud. The proposal was put aside.
Great St. Louis has a website in the making. If you see one for Make Saint Louis Safe or STL Votes! email firstname.lastname@example.org with a link.
Still no big deposits to Make St. Louis Safe, Rex Sinquefield’s ballot issue committee for Proposition A. Of course, he has a dizzying array of other political action committees, so maybe we’re tracking the wrong one even though Make St. Louis Safe says it is for 4/4/2017 St. Louis City ballot measure.
And that name- Make St. Louis Safe- is such a joke. Proposition A has nothing to do with safety. It’s just a poorly written ballot issue to keep checks coming to consultants.