By: Brian Evans
As the Democrat party has increased their assault on American’s basic inalienable rights, and on the Constitution of the United States itself, Missouri is now on the front lines of their attack for our right to have a voice in elections. In fact, clean Missouri is not only funded by pro-Communist George Soros, but it does the following…
- Takes away Missouri residents control over their own government.
- Writes partisan gerrymandering into the state constitution, so rural communities and small cities voices are silenced, as their votes are cancelled out.
- Democrats would gain massive power in Missouri, and take control over smaller and rural communities like in California.
- Gives political elites control over how districts are created and who gets to create them.
- Big money interests like George Soros would finally have the ability to control the ballot box, and SILENCE YOUR VOTE!
Therefore, VOTE NO on AMENDMENT 1 called “CLEAN MO”, because it is a DIRTY TRICK! In fact, Democrats with the help of George Soros have been plotting ways to trick Missouri residents, and Americans across the nation into voting in favor of altering our national and state constitutions. In November, they are looking to use “Clean MO” to cut up Kansas City, St. Louis, and other liberal cities across the state so that conservative rural areas can be re-districted and combined with left-wing progressive areas, so the conservative votes would be ultimately silenced.
Left-wing progressive-socialist groups designed ‘Clean MO’ to be appealing to the voters at the ballot boxes, so the average voter would be inclined to vote for it. For example…
They scripted the name for Amendment 1 as “Clean Missouri”, so it would sound like they were voting to clean up Missouri government. However, as a wolf in sheep skin, the democrats true intentions are to steal Missouri residents voices, and gain power.
On the November 6, 2018 ballot, here’s what voters will see:
Official Ballot Title as Certified by Secretary of State
Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to:
- change process and criteria for redrawing state legislative districts during reapportionment;
- change limits on campaign contributions that candidates for state legislature can accept from individuals or entities;
- establish a limit on gifts that state legislators, and their employees, can accept from paid lobbyists;
- prohibit state legislators, and their employees, from serving as paid lobbyists for a period of time;
- prohibit political fundraising by candidates for or members of the state legislature on State property; and
- require legislative records and proceedings to be open to the public?
State governmental entities estimate annual operating costs may increase by $189,000. Local governmental entities report no fiscal impact.
In effect, Soros funded cleanmissouri.org is nothing more than a left-wing progressive-socialist and communist backed organization. The democrat party has cleverly kept their name off of the website, and off all traces of the groups brochures and literature. However, they are a FAR-LEFT PRO-DEMOCRAT, PRO-SOCIALIST ORGANIZATION. Their website states that Amendment 1 is “our chance to clean up Missouri politics”. They claim that they are taking a desperately needed legislative reform measures directly to voters to make our state government more transparent, limit the power of big money in our legislature, and ensure we’re able to hold legislators accountable when they fail to act in the public interest. They go on to say that they are doing so by including pro-Trump 2016 proposals with hidden caveats for residents.
In the end, although it appears that it creates openness, fairness, and more control, it truly takes the power away from ‘We the People’, and reduces competitiveness. openness, and empowers big money. THEREFORE, IT DOES THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT IT SAYS. How can this be? To truly understand, you have to go back to the Clinton Administration.
Ironically, it was the Clinton Administration who spurred ‘reform’ efforts, when they proved that they were willing to sell nearly anything for a buck. Today, democrats claim that elections are drowning in money, but it isn’t campaigns that are awash with cash, but the politicians themselves, with their fat-cat salaries, incredibly generous benefit packages, and retirement that keeps them living the high life for their entire lifetime, after five years of service.
Regardless, democrats view campaign contribution limits as a great pathway to solidifying and infusing cash into their PAC’s, who act like a campaign wing for candidates, especially democrats. Therefore, the DNC and their candidates would be able to have massive cash infusions, not to the candidates themselves, but into Political Action Committees (PAC’s), who push the globalist, socialist, and communist candidates and agendas.
Therefore, state reforms like Amendment 1 or “Clean MO”, which limits public funding, spending limits and contribution restrictions, will only make things worse. For example, it will make it near impossible for non-partisan, and especially conservative candidates from entering the public arena, unless they support the Political Action Committees agenda. PAC’s like MoveOn.org, Black Lives Matter, and other not as well-known, behind the scenes PAC’s. In the end, CATO Institute said it best when they stated…
Ultimately, the only true campaign reform is to shrink government. As long as $1.7 trillion in taxpayer wealth is available for plundering in Washington, interest groups will spend mightily to get their hands on it.
One example can be seen by evaluating former ‘reform’ efforts, like in 1974, where legislation was passed that outlawed large contributions to candidates. As a result, it benefited Political Action Committees, as they saw their outlays and the mere size and scope of PAC’s grow by more than 800%. In the end, it would enhance their power, while taking power away from the candidates. Therefore, candidates would be at the mercy of the massive PAC’s, and politicians would be further in the pockets of interest groups. A move that would give wealthy, powerful Elitists like George Soros, more power and control over our nations government.
The Missouri GOP applauded a Missouri Cole County judge who struck down Clean Missouri’s attempts to radically re-district Missouri to benefit Democrats. The Missouri Republican Party applauded the decision, and released the following statement…
“From the beginning, Clean Missouri has used the guise of ethics reform and sleek marketing to distract Missourians from their real aim: radically redistricting Missouri to solely benefit liberal Democrats. Clean Missouri would create non-contiguous districts and districts that stretch along highways in order to meet their fairness rule. People in rural districts would be represented by people living in urban districts and vice versa. Additionally, Clean Missouri was endorsed by George Soros, far-left groups, and is funded by ‘dark money’ – there’s simply nothing ‘clean’ about it. The Missouri Republican Party applauds the court for throwing out Clean Missouri’s subversive attempt to completely change Missouri’s legislative districts to make up for Democrats’ repeated losses at the ballot box, and we hope that any further attempts to trick Missourians like this are thrown out as well.”
Chris Nuelle, spokesperson for the Missouri Republican Party.
Then, Democrats appealed the Cole County judges decision, and the Missouri Supreme Court overturned his decision, and returned ‘Clean Missouri’ on the ballot yet again. The Missouri GOP responded by stating…
“We’re disappointed with the decision of the Missouri Supreme Court not to hear the case against Clean Missouri, but the fight is far from over. Behind the sleek marketing and innocent name of Clean Missouri is an effort to slice up Missouri’s legislative districts from rural to urban areas to satisfy a ridiculous fairness rule, which would certainly benefit Democrats. Additionally, Clean Missouri is receiving an unbelievable amount of ‘dark money’ donations, effectively invalidating their ‘clean’ name. The Missouri Republican Party will be leading efforts to inform voters of the true intentions of Clean Missouri in order to defeat the initiative at the ballot box in November.”
Chris Nuelle, spokesperson for the Missouri Republican Party.
The Kansas City Star reported and noted that…
“Big donations flow to group trying to change Missouri government, raising GOP eyebrows”.
Kansas City Star
They went on to report that the group Clean Missouri had originally collected signatures to put a constitutional amendment before state voters that would ban all lobbyist gifts to legislators larger than $5; require legislators and their staff to wait two years before becoming lobbyists after they leave the Capitol; and rework how legislative districts are drawn.
Then, they noted how Clean Missouri received a $250,000 donation from MOVE Ballot Fund, a St. Louis-based political action committee connected to a nonprofit of the same name. Three days before the donation to Clean Missouri, MOVE received a $300,000 donation from the Open Society Policy Center, the lobbying arm of liberal billionaire George Soros’ philanthropic network. MOVE reported raising only $100 before that donation.
St. Louis Post Dispatch also reported the findings, and expounded on it as well. They said that…
Records show that The Open Society Policy Center — the Washington-based lobbying arm of Soros’ philanthropic network — donated $300,000 on Jan. 9 to the MOVE Ballot Fund, a St. Louis-based committee that reported having just $84 on hand before that. Two days after receiving the $300,000 from Soros’ group, records show, MOVE donated $250,000 to another group, CLEAN Missouri, which is trying to get an ethics initiative on the November ballot.
The $300,000 donation originated from the Open Society Policy Center, which is the lobbying arm of liberal billionaire George Soros’ philanthropic network.
St. Louis Post Dispatch
Molly Fleming, a Kansas City community organizer responded by saying that…
MOVE set up its PAC specifically to be as transparent as possible about its efforts to support Clean Missouri.
Molly Fleming, Community Organizer, and Clean Missouri Initiative Proponent
Meanwhile, Sean Nicholson who serves as the executive director of Clean Missouri, said the group’s proposal has earned
“support from across the political spectrum because everyone can see what’s been going on in Jefferson City. We’re all ready to restore integrity, transparency and accountability in our state government.”
Sean Nicholson, Executive Director of Clean Missouri
However, the facts don’t back up their statements, because as citizens throughout the state learn about the fine print in the package, they are turning against it, in larger numbers.
Currently, Missouri redistricting is handled by two bipartisan commissions. Each commission is chosen from each chamber in Jefferson City. Then, the sitting governor selects members of the commission from a list of nominees that are submitted by the state committees of both the Democratic and Republican parties. It was designed, so that no one person or group would have the power to gerrymander, or manipulate the boundaries of an electoral constituency so as to favor one party or class. The current system has created balanced elections, better representation, and caused Missouri to be one of a handful of swing states, as the more liberal cities have balanced out the more conservative rural vote, and vice versa. Also, it has caused Missouri to be one of the states that has seen Presidential candidates vigorously campaign throughout the state. Also, and most importantly, the legislative district boundaries currently match up representation of the voters, with their constituents needs. For example, each district is currently set up by a bipartisan commission, so that residents in a given area of the state are represented by leadership who properly represent their interests. Therefore, farmers are represented by leadership who represent their personal and economic interests. Likewise, urban residents are represented by leadership whom represent their interests.
Under ‘Clean Missouri’ however, the redistricting provisions of the proposed ballot measure would turn over the task of drawing legislative districts from a bipartisan commission, to what they call ‘nonpartisan expert’, whose work would then be reviewed by a designated citizen commission. The problem is, so-called nonpartisan expert would likely be partisan, and there is no specifications on who the citizen commission would be. In the end, it would be completely partisan, as the new district maps would be redrawn after the 2020 census.
The goal, according to Clean Missouri, is to ensure legislative maps are drawn fairly, rather than being drawn to protect incumbents or to unjustly favor one party, but in reality, it would do just that! It would redraw maps that would enable legislative districts to be redrawn with cities split up and combined with rural areas, so that the cities legislators would overpower the rural farmers and towns, and effectively silence their votes. Consequently, Democrats would gain large numbers of seats in the House, and state government would be dictated by the DNC, and left-wing special interest groups and unions.
In the ‘Springfield News Leader’, they reported that the…
“Missouri ethics panel has eyes on ‘dark money’ as donations roll in for ballot measures.”
Springfield News Leader
Meanwhile, another powerful nonprofit has spent more than a half a million dollars to influence Missouri politics as the “dark money” trend continues in the Show-Me State.
Interestingly, ‘Dark Money’ isn’t a new concept to Missouri. Recently, a group called out former Governor Eric Greitens for allowing “dark money” to supposedly be received and used in the Missouri 2016 election. However, the “secret-cash” report was brought about by a New York nonprofit, which was financed by the Sixteen Thirty Fund, who gave half a million dollars. The Sixteen Thirty Fund is a George Soros based progressive-socialist nonprofit based in Washington, D.C.. It is the same group who have spent millions of dollars to fight for abortion, fight against Brett Kavanaugh, pick Supreme Court Judges, repeal tax cuts, and so much more, including “Clean MO”.
Today, it has become evident that George Soros and other left-wing, pro-Socialist, pro-Communist progressive groups are using so-called ‘dark money’ to finance their radical agenda, as they shift money from group to group, in order to evade detection. Today, according to the IRS, Sixteen Thirty gives millions of dollars to liberal interests around the country every single year. This includes $500,000 to Majority Forward, a separate nonprofit that later spent $500,000 to support Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, who has denounced and criticized “dark money” even as it benefits her campaign. The ‘dark money’ issue isn’t just a McCaskill problem, but a problem overall for the DNC. In fact, NBC News wrote an article titled “How Democrats use dark money — and win elections ” reported that…
“In a story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washington, D.C., NBC exposed how democrats love decrying ‘dark money’ political contributions for which the source of funds is a mystery. But that isn’t stopping them from accepting “dark money” themselves or making it difficult to determine the original underwriter of a political donation, as a recent Southern contest vividly illustrates.”
They went on to point out how in Alabama’s special U.S. Senate election, was a case study that detailed how the Democrats are using ‘dark money’, and hiding the sources of their contributors, in their fight to win back Congress from Republicans, but claiming it to be ‘in the name of expediency. The special Alabama election was just one example, as they realized that Democrat Doug Jones could actually beat Republican Roy Moore. Therefore, a Soros-backed new super PAC called Highway 31 out of Birmingham, Alabama, appeared a month before the election was held. another super PAC spent $5.1 million to boost Jones and bring down Roy Moore. In all, it was more than any other group active in the general election. NBC further reported that…
Using a little-known legal loophole that allows political committees to do business on credit, the super PAC didn’t disclose the identitiesof its bankrollers until a month after voters chose Jones as their senator. And when Highway 31 did disclose, most of its funders turned out to be organizations who in turn receive some of their funding from sources that are difficult, if not impossible, to comprehensively trace to flesh-and-blood humans.
Also, Politico reported that…
the PAC was not a homegrown group, either. All but about $10,000 of the $4.4 million the super PAC raised came from three national-level, Democratic-aligned entities: $3.2 million from super PAC Senate Majority PAC, $910,000 from the super PAC Priorities USA Action and $250,000 from the nonprofit League of Conservation Voters Inc. Those millions allowed Highway 31 to relentlessly skewer Moore over accusations he molested children and helped propel Jones to an improbable victory in one of the nation’s most conservative states.
Sadly, the left-wing radicals who are funded by Soros and other pro-communist groups have learned how to use legal means to basically use a legal form of money laundering, where they can transform profits from questionable sources, into ostensibly “legitimate” assets for left-wing politicians, and causes. In effect, they have donors who donate to other donors, who donate to other donors, and so forth, until it becomes hard to trace the so-called ‘dark money’.
Sadly, Sixteen Thirty, and other radical left-wing PAC’s have vowed to use ‘dark money’ to influence not only our nations policies and who is elected, but they are fighting to silence ‘We the People’s’ voices, in their quest to move Missouri and other states ever-closer to a socialist and communist state. In fact, in just the past year, Sixteen Thirty have spent millions on changing Missouri law to legalize marijuana, spike the minimum wage, and strip power from Missouri voters, so they can have even greater power over the political agenda.
The Sixteen Thirty contribution’s have also gone to another left-wing group called ‘We Are Missouri’, which is a campaign committee formed to advocate against a state law banning mandatory union dues. Today, although 501(c)(4) organizations like Sixteen Thirty and A New Missouri don’t have to say who gave them money, they do have to file forms with the IRS annually to show how they spent their funds. Sixteen Thirty’s most recent filing, for the 2016 year, includes budget information that shows roughly $21.2 million in “contributions and grants” received and about $14.6 million in outgoing payments.
Now, as the November midterms edge closer, ‘Clean Missouri’ has become a lighting rod for Republican, and especially conservative and ‘free and fair election‘ proponents. Today, as these big money, left-wing, radically left groups effectively launder Soros donations, as well as other socialists and communists funds to keep it under the radar, opponents are fighting back to get out the word. Unfortunately, with massive funds backing their campaign, similar to the when they opposed “Right to Work” legislation, it is an uphill battle against their massive and well-financed dis-information campaign. Former U.S. Senator Jim Talent, who is currently serving as Missourians First Chairman said that the ballot initiative is misleading and that its true intent is to gerrymander, or redraw district lines to benefit the democrat party.
In the end, it is of the utmost importance for Missouri residents to not only understand the dangers of the ‘Clean Missouri’ initiative, but to spread the word of its impending danger that it poses to the future of Missouri, and the danger it poses in stripping the voice of voters. Left-wing progressive-socialist groups will also have three separate Amendment proposals on the November ballot to legalize marijuana in Missouri including Amendment 2, Amendment 3, and Proposition C. Also, Proposition B would create an increase in the state minimum wage from $8.60 per hour to $12 per hour, over four years, and Amendment 4 looks to remove language limiting bingo game advertising that a court ruled was unconstitutional and not enforceable. This amendment would also allow a member of a licensed organization conducting bingo games to participate in the management of bingo games after being a member of the organization for six months. Currently, the constitution requires two years of membership. Finally, Proposition D would amend Missouri statutes to fund the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s enforcement and administration of motor vehicle laws and traffic regulations. The source of the funding will be revenue from an increased state tax on motor fuel (including gasoline, diesel fuel, kerosene, and blended fuel)
Ultimately, pushing multiple agendas during this November’s midterm elections in Missouri, but the most dangerous and the one with the most damaging and lasting consequences is Amendment 1, called ‘Clean Missouri’. That is because it effectively steals the power from ‘We the People’ of Missouri, and hands that power over to special interests, Progressive-Socialists, and George Soros. Therefore, help to inform your family, friends, and co-workers. Let them know how dangerous ‘Amendment 1 to the Missouri Constitution is, and how ‘Clean Missouri’ will strip their voice away, on issues, and in future elections. It is up to Missouri citizens to help inform as many of our fellow Missourian’s as we can. If we don’t, we are effectively surrendering our power on not only the state level, but the federal level as well.