Donors use old trick to disguise contributions
COLUMBIA, Mo 3/31/19 (Beat Byte) --
Bankers, developers, construction magnates, and partners of billionaire real estate giant Stan Kroenke
have contributed thousands of dollars to the Chris Kelly for Columbia Mayor
But donating in their own names has made the cash harder to trace, giving Kelly an opportunity to tout how many "individual, non-corporate contributions" he's received
Current and retired bankers from Commerce Bank, Central Bank, Columbia Bancshares and others have donated nearly $4,500 to the Kelly campaign so far.
and Bob Pugh
-- among Columbia's largest subdivision developers through their St. Charles Road Development Group -- donated $6,000
in their names and through family members.
Thornbrook developer Shannon Sapp, caught up in a "potentially-illegal" vote-buying scandal
over a controversial new subdivision
with 4th Ward Councilman Ian Thomas
, donated $1,000 to the Kelly campaign. Coil Construction
founder and president Randy Coil
used his middle name -- William -- to make a $500 Kelly contribution.
Broadway Hotel TIF recipient David Parmley
gave $260. Treece harshly criticized Parmley for refusing to guarantee jobs in return for the TIF incentive.
In two ironic twists, retired radiologist Robert Churchill
and former State Representive John Wright
gave $1,000 and $500 to the Kelly campaign, respectively. Churchill stepped down as Mizzou medical school dean
amid a 2012 Medicare billing fraud investigation
that engulfed other members of his radiology department. Wright allegedly attempted to bribe
his Democratic primary opponent, Nancy Copenhaver
, into leaving the race.
Kelly has relentlessly criticized his opponent, a lobbyist, over a client Treece dismissed later caught up in a Medicare fraud probe. He has also tried to paint Treece as a corrupt politician taking too much money from developers and real estate interests.
Other Kelly donations include:
Former Mayor Bob McDavid family: $100.
Chester Edwards, only Columbia City Councilperson ever recalled: $500.
Family of former Tribune owner and publisher Hank Waters, $200.
Republican Lt. governor Mike Kehoe, $500.
And Treece's first opponent Skip Walther, $500.