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Late July Notes and Events

HOUSE DEMS CALL OUT HUMPHREYS
Missouri House Democrats are calling out Republican megadonor David Humphreys for what they are describing as “attempts to bully and harass” his political opponents into silence.

In a press conference held at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City last Thursday afternoon, Democratic House leaders spoke to the media about the matter.

“Last week we, we got word that a PAC funded primarily by David Humphreys, the megadonor of the Republican Party and billionaire in Missouri, had just rolled over about a quarter of a million dollars from its PAC into the House Republican Campaign Committee,” Rep. Peter Merideth said, reminding everyone that Humphreys spent roughly $17 million in 2016 on campaigns to support Republican candidates and promote his agenda of bringing right-to-work, anti-labor measures and tort reform to Missouri. “We want to make sure that folks know that the other side is funded primarily by one person.”

“For him to suggest that we are defaming his character by pointing out the truth of the amount of money he spent on Republican policies, I think, is absolutely his attempt to bully us and silence us and control political speech with his dollars,” Merideth said.

They said that Humphreys shouldn’t be allowed to silence them or threaten them with legal actions.

“That we are expected to lie down and not point that out to the public that is the height of hypocrisy,” Rep. Mark Ellebracht said. “We will not be bullied by out-of-state attorneys, we will not be silenced by threats of a lawsuit that has no standing. I invite him to try. Let him try.”

“Humphrey’s billionaire First Amendment rights are not any more important than anyone else’s,” Rep. Gina Mitten said, calling it an affront to the First Amendment rights of all Americans. “Donating nearly $20 million to politicians does not entitle him to a safe space…being a billionaire doesn’t mean you get a better break than anybody else.”

She noted that the letter read “confidential.”

“He doesn’t even want this letter to be exposed,” she said. “This is something that every Missourian needs to know about.”

So guess what happened next: within hours of this statement, Humphreys dropped another $1 million to the House Republican Campaign Committee.

Vote No on Prop A

The August election is now just days away and working families have all the momentum to defeat Prop A on August 7.  Since the petitions were first circulated, the Missouri Democratic Party has been firmly supporting the VOTE NO ON A campaign.  Voting NO is how all citizens can say that Right to Work, which drives down wages and increases risks on worksites, is wrong for Missouri.  Anti-union forces have made this law and attacking the working families of our state a multi-million dollar priority for several years, and this vote is our last chance to stop it. Misleading mail pieces, paid for by the Koch brothers, has been pouring in but we're absolutely fighting back with our own media message. Have a yard sign yet?  Come to our office to get your Vote No on Prop A sign or grab one for a neighbor.

 

Field Offices Opened - Supplies Needed (ongoing)

Senator McCaskill and the Democratic Party's coordinated campaign offices in Kansas City, Independence and Lee's Summit are open but need supplies. Local State House and Senate candidates are also working out of these offices staging canvasses and phone banks, so these offices are working on behalf of all Democrats on the ballot, not just the top lines. All campaign offices run on very tight budgets, so they rely on donors for a little extra help.  At least one office needs tables and folding chairs.  Others can always take printer paper and other office supplies.  Contact us to find out what you can send where.  Every bit counts!

Upcoming Club Meetings and Events:

  • United Eastern Democrats: July meeting will be Wednesday the 25th, 6pm social hour, 7pm meeting at Courthouse Exchange (113 W Lexington Ave on the Independence Square). Guest speaker will be Mike Rogers, candidate for Sheriff.
  • Jackson County Public Input Meeting: County Executive Frank White has called a second public input meeting regarding the Jackson County Detention Center for today, Tuesday July 24, 5:30-7:00pm at the Hillcrest Community Center (10401 Hillcrest Rd. KCMO). If you cannot attend but would like to have your comments recorded, you can submit them to jailtaskforce@jacksongov.org
  • Clay County Democrats First Annual Night at the Elms: August 10th at the historic Elms Hotel in Excelsior Springs.  Join for dinner, remarks from officials and candidates, and discussion about the 2018 midterm elections. See below for ticket information. Special group rate for the night.
  • Jackson County Democratic Committee: Quarterly meeting, August 21 at 7pm, Jackson County Courthouse (308 W Kansas, Independence). Election of officers and nomination for Sheriff are on the agenda.