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Sinquefield pours $3.9 M into earnings tax fight, and another $10 K for Dooley

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 1, 2010 - Wealthy financier Rex Sinquefield is still sending over those daily $5,001 checks to St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, but Sinquefield hasn't forgotten his first love -- Proposition A, which seeks to bar and restrict local earnings taxes.

The Missouri Ethics Commission reports today that Sinquefield gave $3.9 million on Thursday to Let Voters Decide, the group leading the charge for the Nov. 2 ballot proposal, which would require local votes every five years in St. Louis and Kansas City, which already have the earnings tax. All other communities in Missouri would be barred from ever imposing such a levy.

As first noted by FiredupMissouri.com, Sinquefield has given more than $10.7 million to the anti-earnings tax drive, which has collected less than $6,000 from other sources. Also Thursday, the group received $5,001 from Travis Brown, who lobbies for Sinquefield.

Sinquefield's latest contribution signals that a TV ad campaign on behalf of Proposition A is just about to get underway.

The opposition campaign, led by public-safety groups and labor unions, contends that its polling has indicated that Proposition A isn't the shoo-in some have predicted.

Meanwhile, the Missouri Ethics Commission shows two more donations late this week to Dooley, making 10 daily $5,001 donations from Sinquefield in the past two weeks. The financier still isn't saying why he's making his contributions to Dooley in such an unusual way, and when the largesse will end.

Jo Mannies has been covering Missouri politics and government for almost four decades, much of that time as a reporter and columnist at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was the first woman to cover St. Louis City Hall, was the newspaper’s second woman sportswriter in its history, and spent four years in the Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau. She joined the St. Louis Beacon in 2009. She has won several local, regional and national awards, and has covered every president since Jimmy Carter. She scared fellow first-graders in the late 1950s when she showed them how close Alaska was to Russia and met Richard M. Nixon when she was in high school. She graduated from Valparaiso University in northwest Indiana, and was the daughter of a high school basketball coach. She is married and has two grown children, both lawyers. She’s a history and movie buff, cultivates a massive flower garden, and bakes banana bread regularly for her colleagues.

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