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Pro-Prop C group launches statewide radio campaign for final week before vote

Missourians for Health Care Freedom, the chief campaign group for Proposition C, launched a statewide radio ad campaign today that will continue until the statewide vote Aug. 3.

The initial ad buy totals $25,000 and will increase if more money comes in, said campaign manager Patrick Tuohey. The ads began airing in west Missouri and should be heard in the St. Louis area by Tuesday, he said.

Proposition C seeks to block some of the federal mandates in the new health-care law, particularly the 2014 requirement that most people buy insurance or face tax penalties.

Although critics say that Prop C can't trump federal law, both sides agree that one of the measure's aims -- if it passes -- is to put political pressure on Washington supporters of the federal health-care changes.

So far, no organized effort has emerged to oppose Proposition C, which is supported heavily by Republicans and conservatives.

Missourians for Health Care Freedom's last and latest campaign finance report, filed today, shows the group has raised $74,848.07 -- most of it since July 1.

The latest donors include several well-known St. Louis area Republican conservatives, including Mark Andrews ($10,000) and Fred Sauer ($5,000).

Other than the ad buys, the bulk of the group's spending is for Tuohey's services. The report showed that $14,192 was paid to Market & Communications Research, a Kansas City-based firm founded by Tuohey in 1999.

This article originally appeared in the St. Louis Beacon.

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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