Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Where do ACM/PCE funds go?

As promised, I spent part of my Labor Day weekend scanning our campaign reporting website. I took the idea from something Jeremy wrote here (http://www.themannings.org/soapbox/2007/08/28/the-money-behind-the-voucher-movement/#comments) and I'm still not finished totaling up the contributions collected by our lawmakers from All Children Matter of Michigan, through Parents for Choice in Education in Utah, and others inside and outside Utah who have invested something in our voucher referendum.

I started with the lawmakers who summoned those corporate lobbyists together last week and gave them instructions to raise money and campaign for passage of the referendum. Paul Rolly described that meeting here (http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_6767098). They included House Speaker Greg Curtis, House Majority Leader Dave Clark, House Assistant Majority Whip Brad Dee, Senate Majority Leader Curtis Bramble, and Senate Majority Assistant Whip Sheldon Killpack.

By far, Greg Curtis's campaign account has benefited most from entities with an interest in the voucher plan. It has received $9,000 from the combination of PCE, its co-founder Doug Holmes, Overstock/Patrick Byrne, and Utah's Working Moms and Dads during the past three years:

Doug Holmes$1,000October 25, 2006
Overstock/Patrick Byrne$2,000October 25, 2006
PCE$2,000October 23, 2006
Utah Working Moms and Dads$1,000October 5, 2006
PCE$2,500October 25, 2005
PCE$500September 28, 2004

House Majority Leader Dave Clark hasn't collected half that much -- only $4,200 in the same period -- but he clearly benefits from them:

Overstock/Patrick Byrne$1,000November 3, 2006
Doug Holmes$500October 23, 2006
PCE$2,000October 2, 2006
PCE$500September 29, 2006
PCE$200September 28, 2004

Senate Majority Leader Curtis Bramble collected only $2,000:

Overstock/Patrick Byrne$1,00011/01/2006

Senate Majority Assistant Whip Sheldon Killpack collected only $1,500:

Overstock/Patrick Byrne$50010/24/2006

And House Assistant Majority Whip Brad Dee collected only $1,500 from entities with an interest in the voucher issue, but two-thirds of that came from UEA, the same UEA that is opposing the voucher plan.

Holmes, Doug$50010/18/2006
Utah Education Assoc PAC$50011/06/2006
Utah Education Association PAC- UEA$50011/18/2004

But this doesn't reflect all of the funding that has flowed from ACM into Utah. PCE has spread that money around, through direct campaign contributions and through what ought to be considered in-kind campaign contributions, like doing polling and paying for "direct mail" about candidates.

Here are all the contributions FROM All Children Matter of Michigan into Utah since 2004:

To PCE06/01/2006$50,000 Contribution
To PCE03/25/2006$50,000 Contribution
To PCE10/18/2004$52,500 Contribution
To PCE10/11/2004$50,000 Contribution
To PCE09/17/2004$50,000 Contribution
To The Anderson Group08/24/2004$15,500 Polling
To PCE07/22/2004$2,000 Contribution
To PCE05/06/2004$50,000 Contribution
To PCE02/04/2004$50,000 Contribution

That's a total of $370,000 since 2004. How has PCE spent that money? Aside from its overhead costs -- consulting fees, and paying its operatives like Elisa Clements Peterson and Lincoln Fillmore -- it spent a large sum on contributions directly to campaign accounts, but it also spent a large sum on "volunteer dinners" for its favorite candidates, and a lot of t-shirts for its favorite candidates, and a lot of "phone banks" for its favorite candidates.

You can see for yourself who got contributions, who got multiple contributions, who got contributions plus services, and who got a lot of campaign "support" from PCE. Here's a list of expenditures made by PCE just during 2006, counting backward.

To Northwest Litho Graphics09/12/2006$666.25 (t-shirts for Mark Jacobs)
To Northwest Litho Graphics09/12/2006$697.16 (t-shirts for Jess Clifford)
To Northwest Litho Graphics09/12/2006$698.23 (t-shirts for Gordon Storrs)
To Northwest Litho Graphics09/12/2006$1,043.61 (printing for George Garwood)
To Northwest Litho Graphics09/12/2006$1,660.83 (printing for Dave Thomas)
To Northwest Litho Graphics09/12/2006$1,930.74 (printing for Peggy Wallace)
To Northwest Litho Graphics09/12/2006$719.55 (t-shirts for Milton Witt)
To Northwest Litho Graphics09/12/2006$1,310.11 (printing for Wayne Niederhauser)
To Northwest Litho Graphics09/12/2006$666.25 (t-shirts for Carl Wimmer)
To Northwest Litho Graphics09/12/2006$2,810.51 (printing for Jim Ferrin)
To Northwest Litho Graphics09/12/2006$692.90 (t-shirts for Ken Sumsion)
To Roger Barrus09/09/2006$250
To Stephen Clark09/09/2006$250
To Stephen Urquhart09/09/2006$1,000
To Todd Kiser09/09/2006$250
To Wayne Harper09/09/2006$250
To David Clark09/09/2006$500
To Greg Curtis09/09/2006$2,000
To Greg Hughes09/09/2006$500
To Jeff Alexander09/09/2006$1,000
To John Dougall09/09/2006$250
To Michael Morley09/09/2006$250
To Mike Noel09/09/2006$500
To Craig Frank09/09/2006$500
To Becky Lockhart09/09/2006$500
To Progressive Direct Mail09/12/2006$1,049.51 (postage for Wayne Niederhauser)
To Reagan Outdoor Advertising08/31/2006$3,502.18 (billboard for Deena Ely)
To Jim Ferrin08/28/2006$3,550 (in-kind: "staff support")
To Northwest Litho Graphics08/08/2006 $2,491.24 (printing for Dave Thomas)
To Governors Special Initiatives Office08/04/2006$2,500
To Northwest Litho Graphics07/12/2006$691.83 (printing for Howard Stephenson)
To Jess Clifford06/20/2006$2,000
To Northwest Litho Graphics06/16/2006$275.03 (printing for Ken Sumsion)
To Northwest Litho Graphics06/16/2006$691.83 (printing for Howard Stephenson)
To Northwest Litho Graphics06/16/2006$943.41 (printing for George Garwood)
To Northwest Litho Graphics06/16/2006$1,203.51 (printing for Jess Clifford)
To The Summit Consulting Group, Inc.06/15/2006$252.5 (phone bank for Dave Thomas)
To Postmaster06/15/2006$49.92 (postage for Dave Thomas)
To Progressive Direct Mail06/13/2006$741.0 (postage for Mark Jacobs)
To Progressive Direct Mail06/12/2006$843.78 (postage for Mark Jacobs)
To Progressive Direct Mail06/06/2006$741.0 (postage for Mark Jacobs)
To Mark Jacobs05/31/2006$1,500
To David Thomas05/31/2006$1,000
To George Garwood Jr.05/31/2006$2,000
To Northwest Litho Graphics05/25/2006$468.24 (printing for Dave Thomas)
To The Summit Consulting Group, Inc.05/25/2006$190.16 (phone bank for Howard Stephenson)
To The Summit Consulting Group, Inc.05/25/2006$532.0 (phone bank for Ken Sumsion)
To The Summit Consulting Group, Inc.05/25/2006$166.25 (phone bank for Deena Ely)
To The Summit Consulting Group, Inc.05/25/2006$25.0 (phone bank for Jess Clifford)
To The Summit Consulting Group, Inc.05/25/2006$245.0 (phone bank for Milton Witt)
To The Summit Consulting Group, Inc.05/25/2006$567.5 (phone bank for Carl Wimmer)
To Reagan Outdoor Advertising05/16/2006$2,002.18 (billdoard for Deena Ely)
To Glenn Donnelson05/16/2006$300
To Progressive Direct Mail05/09/2006$759.68 (postage for Mark Jacobs)
To Progressive Direct Mail05/09/2006$1,663.41 (postage for Carl Wimmer)
To John Valentine05/05/2006$2,000
To Mark Jacobs05/05/2006$2,000
To Bradley Daw04/20/2006$500
To Merlynn Newbold04/20/2006$500
To Peggy Wallace04/20/2006$500
To Aaron Tilton04/17/2006$1,000
To Parley Hellewell04/11/2006$500
To Jess Clifford04/11/2006$2,000
To Craig Crippen04/05/2006$500
To Deena Ely04/04/2006$500
To David Thomas04/03/2006$1,500
To Gordon Storrs04/04/2006$500
To Mark Jacobs03/16/2006$500
To Curtis Oda03/08/2006$1,000
To Jim Ferrin03/08/2006$1,500
To Mark Walker03/08/2006$1,000
To SkyBox Sports Grille03/03/2006$545.3 (volunteer dinner for George Garwood)
To SkyBox Sports Grille03/03/2006$817.62 (volunteer dinner for Milton Witt)
To SkyBox Sports Grille03/03/2006$545.3 (volunteer dinner for Ken Sumsion)
To SkyBox Sports Grille03/03/2006$272.31 (volunteer dinner for Curt Oda)
To SkyBox Sports Grille03/03/2006$409.14 (volunteer dinner for Carl Wimmer)
To SkyBox Sports Grille03/03/2006$340.4 (volunteer dinner for John Tinsley)
To SkyBox Sports Grille03/03/2006$204.24 (volunteer dinner for Jim Ferrin)
To SkyBox Sports Grille03/03/2006$782.7 (volunteer dinner for Jess Clifford)
To SkyBox Sports Grille03/03/2006$782.7 (volunteer dinner for Mark Jacobs)
To Mark Jacobs03/01/2006$2,000
To Carl Wimmer02/27/2006$2,000
To Kenneth Sumsion02/27/2006$2,000
To Milton Witt02/27/2006$2,000
To Sylvia Andersen02/20/2006$1,000

While I was poking around in the campaign reports, I also checked on some of the folks who give money directly to PCE inside Utah, and I check to see who else got money from them. Here's some, but not all, of what I found.

Since 2004, Overstock owner Patrick Byrne gave $77,000 to three candidates and $50,000 to PCE:

To PCE07/14/2006$10,000
To Ferrin, Jim06/03/2006$1,000
To Jones, Patricia W06/01/2006$1,000
To PCE05/08/2006$20,000
To PCE01/09/2006$20,000
To Huntsman, Jon M05/21/2004$50,000
To Huntsman, Jon M01/26/2004$25,000

Rick Koerber, who has given the third-largest sum to PCE -- at least $30,000 through various corporate accounts -- also gave $3,000 to a handful of candidates last year:

To Bagley, Robyn09/25/2006$500
To Conder, Phillip09/18/2006$500
To Ely, Deena Detton09/15/2006$500
To Garwood Jr., George09/16/2006$500
To Clifford, Jess09/15/2006$500
To Thackeray, Sandy09/12/2006$500

And PCE co-founder Jordan Clements, whose daughter now runs the organization, gave $4,000 to a variety of candidates since 2004, but gave his largest single contribution -- $1,500 -- to PCE last September.

To PCE09/12/2006$1,500
To Clifford, Jess08/14/2006$500
To Bagley, Robyn08/11/2006$500
To Conder, Phillip08/10/2006$500
To Brummett, Jay08/08/2006$500
To Garwood Jr., George08/09/2006$500
To Thackeray, Sandy08/08/2006$500
To Ely, Deena Detton08/08/2006$500
To Jacobs, Mark D.06/02/2006$250
To Huntsman, Jon M10/04/2004$250

Like I said, I have a little bit more and I'll add it to the list shortly.

1 comment:

Jeremy said...

Thanks for the shout out!

You should know that you're giving me way too much credit. Thanks for compiling all of this information. It is fascinating to see who has been bought and what their prices were.