Archive for November, 2013

As of yesterday, the people who are trying to buy this election have contributed more than $1.8 million to the Committee for Research, Treatments and Cures.

That means the committee pushing Jackson County Question 1 probably will end up spending more than $2 million trying to ram this ridiculous half-cent-sales-tax increase down the throats of average citizens.

Here’s a list of the latest four- and five-figure contributions:

UMKC Foundation, $96,000
Sprint, $25,000
Barnett Helzberg Jr. Revocable Trust, $25,000
James B. Nutter Co., $17,000
Walter Porter, Olathe, $10,000
Global Prairie, Kansas City, $5,000
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, $4,450

And here is a list of major contributions that I previously reported, as of Oct. 25:

Civic Council of Greater Kansas City, $700,000
Children’s Mercy Hospital, $100,000
Donald Hall Jr., $100,000
Hallmark Global Services, $100,000
JE Dunn Construction, $100,000
John G. Sherman, chairman and c.e.o of Inergy L.P., $100,000
Robert Kipp, former Crown Center Development president, $50,000
Burns and McDonnell, engineering company, $50,000
St. Luke’s Health System, $40,000
St. Luke’s Foundation, $30,000
KCP&L, $25,000
Mariner Holdings, $25,000
Tom McDonnell, retired DST c.e.o., $25,000
Irvine O. Hockaday Jr., former Hallmark Cards c.e.o., $20,000
Randall O’Donnell, Children’s Mercy CEO, $15,000
William Gautreaux, a top Inergy LP officer (see John Sherman), $10,000
Wagstaff & Cartmell law firm, $10,000
Kansas City Southern Railway, $10,000
Husch Blackwell law firm, $10,000
Dr. L. Patrick James of the KC Area Life Sciences Institute, $10,000
Polsinelli law firm, $10,000
Lockton Companies, $10,000
Tension Envelopes, $10,000
Health Alliance of Mid-America, $10,000
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, $7,500
Kansas City Chiefs, $7,500
Stinson Morrison Hecker law firm, $7,500


Today, four days before the election, here are my predictions:

1. Fourteen percent, or 56,672, of the county’s 404,000 registered voters will cast ballots.

2. The total number of “no” votes will be 30,033 (53.1 percent).

3. The total number of “yes” votes will be 26,639 (46.9 percent).

4. The Committee for Research, Treatments and Cures will have spent almost $75 per vote.


See stopabadcure.org for much more campaign news and analysis.

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