Rex Sinquefield http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Appeals Court Resurrects Initiative Petition Drive For Campaign Donation Limits http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/appeals-court-resurrects-initiative-petition-drive-campaign-donation-limits <p>The Western District Court of Appeals of Missouri has resurrected an initiative-petition effort to restore campaign donation limits in Missouri. But the proposal’s backers may not have enough time to collect the signatures needed to get their proposal before voters.</p><p></p><p>The lawyer for the appeals-court loser — wealthy donor Rex Sinquefield — noted that its side has 15 days to decide whether to appeal this week’s ruling to the Missouri Supreme Court.</p><p>“We have some time,’’ said Sinquefield lawyer Marc Ellinger.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 02:47:46 +0000 Jo Mannies 34375 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Appeals Court Resurrects Initiative Petition Drive For Campaign Donation Limits Sinquefield Still Reigns Supreme Among State's Biggest Individual Donors http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/sinquefield-still-reigns-supreme-among-states-biggest-individual-donors <p>When it comes to campaign financing, one name stands out: Rex Sinquefield.&nbsp;</p><p>In 2013, an off year politically, the retired financier gave millions in campaign contributions — primarily to ballot initiatives and political action committees. Most of Sinquefield's money went toward an ultimately unsuccessful campaign to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of tax cut legislation. Sinquefield also gave hundreds of thousands of dollars for ballot initiatives, including one to curtail teacher tenure.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 11:13:57 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 32893 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Sinquefield Still Reigns Supreme Among State's Biggest Individual Donors Democrats Edge Out Republicans In Big Donations In 2013 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/democrats-edge-out-republicans-big-donations-2013 <p>For most intents and purposes, it was all quiet on Missouri's electoral front in 2013. But that didn’t stop the money from flowing to candidates and campaigns.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p>Throughout last year, a diverse group of donors gave well over $21 million worth of donations of $5,000 or more. That money flowed to candidates, political party committees, ballot initiatives and political action committees in all corners of the state.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 05:10:13 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 32892 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Democrats Edge Out Republicans In Big Donations In 2013 Crowd Of Initiative Petitions Will Soon Compete To Get On Ballot http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/crowd-initiative-petitions-will-soon-compete-get-ballot <p>As soon as the snow melts, Missourians may find themselves confronting a horde of people stopping them outside stores, on the streets or at their front doors.</p><p>The object: to get their signatures on petitions that would put a variety of issues – such as early voting, income taxes and teacher tenure – on the August or November ballot.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 03:13:58 +0000 Jo Mannies 32909 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Crowd Of Initiative Petitions Will Soon Compete To Get On Ballot Court To Hear Challenge To Campaign Finance Limits http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/court-hear-challenge-campaign-finance-limits <p>The long-simmering fight over campaign contribution limits is heating up once again. The latest chapter: a Kansas City court is to hear oral arguments Wednesday in the case between Missouri Roundtable for Life, which supports contribution limits, and libertarian interests, headed up by Rex Sinquefield.</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 02:45:05 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 32870 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Court To Hear Challenge To Campaign Finance Limits Sinquefield Donates $750,000 To End Teacher Tenure http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/sinquefield-donates-750000-end-teacher-tenure <p>Financier Rex Sinquefield, Missouri’s largest political donor, has given $750,000 to jumpstart the initiative petition drive for a ballot measure to end teacher tenure.</p><p>According to the Missouri Ethics Commission, <a href="http://www.mec.mo.gov/EthicsWeb/CampaignFinance/CF_SearchLrgContr.aspx">the money was donated on Christmas Eve</a> to <a href="http://www.teachgreat.org">“Teachgreat.org,”</a> the campaign committee set up to oversee the effort.</p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 18:19:34 +0000 Jo Mannies 32643 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Sinquefield Donates $750,000 To End Teacher Tenure Critics of City-County Merger Launch Effort To Block It http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/critics-city-county-merger-launch-effort-block-it <p>Some opponents of the effort to merge the city of St. Louis with St. Louis County have announced a new group – Common Sense for St. Louis – to fight any sort of ballot measure.</p><p>“We’re truly grassroots,’’ said spokeswoman Jennifer Bird. “We’re not funded by a billionaire.’’</p> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 20:08:52 +0000 Jo Mannies 32581 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Critics of City-County Merger Launch Effort To Block It Missouri Teachers Run Ads Against Tax Cuts http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-teachers-run-ads-against-tax-cuts <p>A Missouri teachers union says it is spending at least $100,000 on commercials urging state lawmakers to uphold the governor's veto of an income tax cut.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Missouri chapter of the National Education Association says the TV and radio spots began running Tuesday and will continue for a week. The ads assert the tax cut would benefit "corporate special interests" while "stealing money from our schools."</span></p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 12:56:46 +0000 The Associated Press 29629 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Teachers Run Ads Against Tax Cuts Major Donor Sinquefield Files Suit Against Contribution-Limiting Amendment http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/major-donor-sinquefield-files-suit-against-contribution-limiting-amendment <p>Missouri's biggest political contributor is fighting against a constitutional amendment that would severely limit his power.</p><p>Libertarian multimillionaire Rex Sinquefield and one of his lobbyists, Travis Brown, filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State Jason Kander&nbsp;and Auditor Tom Schweich, arguing that a proposed ballot initiative violates their right to free speech.</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 19:17:26 +0000 Chris McDaniel 29053 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Major Donor Sinquefield Files Suit Against Contribution-Limiting Amendment In St. Louis, Nixon Goes On Offensive Against Income Tax Bill http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-nixon-goes-offensive-against-income-tax-bill <p>Expect to see a lot of ads leading up to September, paid for largely by one man.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Libertarian Rex </span>Sinquefield<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has given nearly $2.4 million to groups backing a possible cut to Missouri's income tax.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In response, Democratic Governor Jay Nixon has gone on the offensive, attacking the income tax bill and defending his veto.</span></p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 21:38:10 +0000 Chris McDaniel 28362 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org In St. Louis, Nixon Goes On Offensive Against Income Tax Bill