MEMORANDUM

DATE:  1/03/2011    

 

Steelman:  Supported  by  Prominent  Democrat  Donors  

This is the third in a series of publicly released memos designed to expose a candidate who does not represent the Tea Party.
TAKING MONEY FROM DEMOCRATS
Sarah  Steelman's  so  called  'Tea  Party'  credentials  are  purely  fraudulent.  Not  only   has  Sarah  Steelman  accepted  enormous  sums  money  from  trial  lawyers  and  labor   unions,  she  has  never  been  above  collecting  big  contributions  from  prominent   Democrats.       Conservative  activists  and  the  media  need  to  be  asking:  why  would  Democrats   leaders  be  contributing  thousands  of  dollars  of  their  money  to  Sarah  Steelman's   campaign?  There  is  a  simple  answer.  They  know  that  Sarah  Steelman  is  a  fraudulent   conservative  -­‐  she  is  willing  to  vote  against  conservative  causes  if  she  is  given  a   financial  incentive  to  do  so.     Example  1:  Stephen  Bough,  Chair  of  the  Jackson  County  Democratic  Committee     Stephen  Bough  was  one  of  a  number  of  Democrat  trial  lawyers  who  funded  a   Political  Action  Committee  that  gave  more  than  $100,000  to  Sarah  Steelman's   campaign.  Bough  personally  contributed  $1,275  of  his  own  money  in  May  2008.     It's  almost  unheard  of  for  a  Democrat,  elected  to  a  position  of  party  leadership,  to   defy  his  party  and  its  candidates  by  giving  financial  support  to  a  Republican.     Example  2:  Indicted  Democrat  Developer  John  Steffen     In  2004,  Sarah  Steelman  reported  $6,750  in  contributions  from  companies  and  PACs   operated  by  John  Steffen,  a  prominent  Democrat  and  St.  Louis  Developer  who  was   recently  indicted  for  fraud.  In  2006  she  accepted  an  additional  $1,025  in   contributions  from  three  of  Steffen's  employees,  all  made  during  a  period  of  24   hours.     As  chair  of  the  Missouri  Housing  Development  Commission,  which  gave  Steffen  

hundreds  of  thousands  of  dollars  in  tax  credits,  Sarah  Steelman  should  have   returned  all  of  these  contributions  to  avoid  the  appearance  of  a  conflict  of  interest,   and  to  show  that  she  does  not  represent  the  interests  of  wealthy  Democrat  political   developers  whose  livelihoods  are  based  on  government  largesse.  But  she  declined  to   do  so.     Example  2:  Democrats  at  All  Levels  are  Supporting  Sarah  Steelman     Whether  we’re  talking  about  a  prominent  local  businessman,  a  local  or  a  statewide   politician  –  Democrats  at  all  levels  in  the  party  have  been  lining  up  to  write  big   checks  to  Sarah  Steelman.  The  following  are  just  a  few  examples:     -­‐Tim  Dollar  (Democrat,  Prominent  KC  Lawyer)  -­‐  $2,400   -­‐Chris  Koster  (Democrat,  Attorney  General  and  Party  Switcher)  -­‐$1,000   -­‐Sly  James  (Democrat,  Candidate  for  KC  Mayor)  -­‐  $1,200   -­‐Jim  Kanatzar  (Democrat,  Jackson  County  Prosecutor)  -­‐  $2,400     Sarah  Steelman's  willingness  to  accept  large  amounts  of  money  from  groups  and   individuals  who  oppose  everything  she  claims  to  support  is  a  serious  and   devastating  blow  to  her  credentials  as  a  conservative  activist.  Hundreds  of   thousands  of  dollars  in  contributions  from  Democrats  and  special  interests  are  a   testament  to  her  role  as  a  consummate  political  insider  -­‐  from  the  same  brand  of   failed  politicians  that  were  soundly  defeated  in  the  2008  elections.    

 

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