Who has contributed the most to Andrew Koenig’s Campaign?
David Humphreys and Rex Sinquefield have.
As of 10/12/16
Below is an excerpt from this Huffington Post article discussing David Humphreys and Rex Sinquefield….
Sinquefield operates his own political machine through independent groups like the Missouri Club for Growth, Grow Missouri and Missourians for Excellence in Government that make both direct contributions to candidates and independent expenditures in an effort to pull the Missouri Republican Party — and the state — further to the right.
In recent elections, Sinquefield’s money has been used to target primary Republicans who have strayed from his anti-tax, anti-labor line.
After voting to sustain Nixon’s veto of legislation slashing the state’s income tax, Republican state Rep. Nate Walker told the Kansas City Star in 2014: “They said last year that if I didn’t vote the way they wanted, that they would spend money to get rid of me. And that’s what they’re doing.” Walker later defeated his Sinquefield-backed primary challenger.
While unsuccessful in recent elections at unseating Republicans in primaries, Sinquefield’s committees and contributions have boosted more conservative candidates to victory in open-seat primaries. Both the tactics and outcomes mimic those of national conservative groups like the Club for Growth and Senate Conservatives Fund that challenge and — more often than not — lose against incumbent Republicans in primaries, but succeed in nominating their candidate in open-seat primaries. These outcomes still have the effect of dragging the party further right.
Hatfield said that mega-donors have not “gotten whatever they wanted,” but that they have “changed some of the discussion” because their money gives them “instant credibility” to legislators.
“Somebody making $30,000 a year might come up with the best idea in the world, but they don’t have that instant credibility,” Hatfield said.
Sinquefield may be the leading mega-donor in the state, but he isn’t the only one with an open pocketbook.
The state’s other major conservative political donor, David Humphreys, CEO of Joplin, Missouri, roofing product company Tamko Building Products Inc., and his sister Sarah Humphreys Atkins put $1 million into their own Committee for Accountable Government in Missouri in 2015. The group is expected to target some of the 20 Republicans in the legislature who voted to sustain Nixon’s veto of right-to-work legislation.
The Humphreys clan of David, his wife, Debra, his mother, Ethelmae, and his sister Sarah constitute the second-largest donor in Missouri’s era of unlimited contributions. Since limits ended, Humphreys and family have donated $6.7 million to candidates, parties, PACs and ballot initiatives. A request for comment from Humphreys was not returned.
With the possibility of total Republican dominance in the state possible in the 2016 elections, the Humphreys and Sinquefield find themselves on opposite sides in a number of major primary elections.
Where Sinquefield is backing Schaefer for attorney general, the Humphreys have donated $500,000 to Republican Josh Hawley’s campaign. In the race for secretary of state, Sinquefield backs Kraus while the Humphreys back Jay Ashcroft, son of former Attorney General John Ashcroft, with a $100,000 donation.
The following article was originally published here: http://republicinsanity.tumblr.com/post/139293392168/andrew-koenig
We are now on the 443rd original “Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day” profile, and in it, we’re going to talk about Andrew Koenig of the Missouri House of Representatives, of District 99. Please do not mix him up with the actor Andrew Koenig, who played Boner on the TV show “Growing Pains” and then would eventually take his own life in 2010.) No, the legislator Andrew Koenig has served as a member of that body since 2008, where he won his first two terms unopposed, before defeating William Pinkston in both 2012 and 2014 by around 20 points. In his eight years in the Missouri state legislature, Koenig has been involved in some of the dumbest efforts that body has seen in that time frame.
For starters, Koenig was one of the co-sponsors of HB 283, Missouri’s “Birther Bill” back in 2011, when conspiracy theorists throughout the Missouri state legislature were hanging out with Orly Taitz, and convincing themselves that they needed to do more to keep secret Manchurian candidates from being elected president. This is not a single instance of producing legislation based on a conspiracy theory, though, as Koenig also supported a bill to prohibit compliance with the United Nations Agenda 21 environmental treaty a few years ago, apparently because he’s another one of those conservatives who believe it’s a secret plot for global domination.
Then there was the time in May 2014, that Koenig sponsored HB 1587, a bill to prevent teachers from misinforming students about “scientific controversies”, specifically citing “the theory of biological and hypotheses of chemical evolution” as controversial. That got him mentioned on the Colbert Report… but believe it or not, that’ not he only time Koenig was raked over the coals by Colbert, as he also did in 2012 for trying to place a ban on school teachers from talking about being gay, at all.
Hell, Koenig’s response to the civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of Michael Brown was to vote for a bill to make it easier for police officers to declare their use of deadly force was justified. But don’t worry, he doesn’t want the police state to get to restrictive, as he also put out a nullification bill that would prohibit Missouri law enforcement from enforcing federal firearms laws.
Since we mentioned that, Koenig does seem to love some nullification law, like how he co-sponsored and voted for legislation to try and have Missouri prohibit implementation of the Affordable Care Act, apparently showing he doesn’t know how the Civil War started, but thinking fighting against socialized healthcare is worth that kind of conflict happening again.
And no, Andrew Koenig still continues to ignore basic facts to push forth partisan bills. Like how after the Planned Parenthood videos were debunked as widely misleading frauds by a pro-life group, he still insisted on trying to create legislation to assure that any fetal remains are destroyed in an incinerator, rather than be used for stem cell research, or any other scientific endeavor, or perhaps even allowing investigators to just perform surprise inspections of clinics whenever they want without a warrant, because the 4th Amendment shouldn’t apply to them. And you think he would know Planned Parenthood was found innocent of any wrongdoing, considering he led the witch hunt by chairing the Missouri House Committee that was looking for any kind of evidence they could to justify that.
Maybe that should come as little surprise, though, considering he’s willing to co-sponsor legislation to create stricter Voter Identification laws, even though said laws disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of voters to combat the statistically non-existent problem of in-person voter fraud. And he also decided to co-sponsor legislation to attempt to drug test people on welfare, even though whenever such bills pass, they fail to find significant drug use among those who need government assistance. That is, until courts overturn said laws as violations of the 4th Amendment. Because Koenig is a man who solves problems that don’t just not need solving, the problems he claims exist are mythical. He could just as easy produce bills to prevent the immigration of sasquatches or allow for the sale of slaughtered unicorn meat, while he’s at it.
Koenig is term-limited in 2016, and cannot run for MIssouri’s House of Representatives for a fifth term… so instead, he’s going to make a run for Missouri State Senate, instead, trying to grab the seat in District 15 of State Senator Eric Schmitt, who is term-limited himself. No Democrat has challenged there since 2008, so hopefully someone tries to run to offer the Show Me State better leadership than someone as wacky as Andrew Koenig offers.