Candidates and committees and have filed their eight-days-before election reports.
In the Independence City Council at-large race, incumbent Karen DeLuccie's campaign took in $10,555 after having $13,093.53 on hand in October 2017. She spent $23,475.80, including more than $19,500 after Feb. 20.
First-time candidate Mike Huff's campaign took in $17,450 in receipts, including $10,600 in multiple loans from himself, and spent $15,801.96.
Write-in candidate Matt Medley's campaign has taken in $10,181.84, including a $1,700 contribution from Citizens for Effective Leadership after the eight-days-before report had been filed, and as of March 22 had spent $2,984.31, leaving $4381.11 on hand.
Brice Stewart, who also has filed to for the Jackson County Legislature later this year, filed limited-activity statements, meaning less than $500 received and spent.
DeLuccie's largest contributors ($500 and greater) in the last several months included:
• $2,000: Gerald Hansen
• $800: Tom DeLuccie, Stuart, Florida;
• $500: Frank Ross, Prairie Village, Kansas; Buffie Cooley; Buford Farrington; Horn Law Firm; Mike Albano
Huff's largest contributors since his campaign started in October 2017 included:
• $3,500: Nicholas Huff
• $1,000: IBEW Local 53 PAC; Alan Hill
• $500: IBEW Local 124 PAC
The political action committee Taxpayers for Accountability, set up in support of Huff, has received $5,000 solely from local attorney John Carnes, a former council member and county legislator. All but $25.17 has been spent.
Medley's largest contributors included:
• $5,700: Citizens for Effective Leadership
• $725: Lee Williams
• $600: Trevor Tilton, Odessa
The next-highest donation was $323.50. Citizens for Effective Leadership's largest contributors this year have been:
• $2,500: Ken McClain
• $1,000: Crackerneck Creek LLC
• $500: Lee Williams; Dennis Taylor; Cornell Roofing; White, Allinder, Graham, Buckley firm
While Independence Mayor Eileen Weir is unopposed for a second four-year term, the Committee to Elect Eileen Weir took in $38,515 in contributions in 2017, before it was clear that she would be unopposed.
Among the largest contributors to her campaign in 2017:
• $5,000: Carlos Ledezma, Cable-Dahmer Auto Group
• $2,600: MO Majority PAC; Missouri Growth PAC; Missouri C PAC; Missouri Leadership Committee
• $1,500: Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors RPAC
• $1,000: International Association of Fire Fighters Local 781, which represents Independence firefighters; Eric Webb, Columbia, Ill.; Eric and Sheila Thompson, San Francisco; Greater Kansas City Building & Construction Trades Council PEC; KC Biz PAC
• $750: Allen Lefko
• $500: Homebuilders Association of Greater Kansas City PAC; Tom and Carmen Duvall; Mark Gardner, Gardner Capital; Pipe Fitters Local 533; Kerry and Rebecca McKeever; Roofers Local 20 PAC; Robert and Mary Speaks; Curtis Thomas, Kansas City; Heavy Constructors Association PAC; Charles and Jennifer Laue, Leawood, Kansas; Charles and Jan Foland, Belton; Loren Williamson
Weir's campaign also contributed $3,000 toward the Level The Field committee campaigning for the use tax. Including Weir, five of the seven current City Council members contributed to the campaign.
The four PACs that donated $2,600 each to Weir – all in October – originated in Farmington and Perryville, the latter home of former Missouri Speaker of the House Steve Tilley, who became a lobbyist and now lobbies for Independence Power & Light.
MO Leadership Committee's treasurer Tom Burcham of Farmington helped start Tilley's firm, Strategic Capitol Consulting. Missouri C PAC had been based in Farmington but recently changed to Jefferson City. Missouri Growth PAC's treasurer is Tilley's father, Everett. MO Majority PAC, now based in O'Fallon, started in 2015 with all the funds from Tilley's former campaign committee and has contributed to the other PACs.
Missouri C PAC and Missouri Growth PAC, which contributes to candidates around the state, each received much larger contributions (totaling more than $25,000) last August from MACO Development, the company behind the senior housing development, and Gardner Capital, which is partnered with MC Power on the community solar farm in Independence. Both Missouri Growth and MO Majority contribute to candidates around the state.
USE TAX CAMPAIGNS
The campaign committee Level The Field, formed in support of the use tax in Independence (Question 1) had taken in $31,400 and spent $20,634.80 as of March 22.
Among the largest contributors to the committee:
• $7,000: the Independence Economic Development Council
• $6,000: Ken and Cindy McClain
• $3,000: Committee to Elect Eileen Weir
• $2,000: Zerger & Mauer LLP; Independence Chamber of Commerce (late contribution)
• $1,000: Diamond Contractors, Lee's Summit; Terri Steele; Corporate Copy Print; Speaks Family Legacy Chapels; Committee to Elect Tom McDonald (McDonald is a former state representative from Independence and Raytown); MC Power Companies
• $750: Cornell Roofing & Sheet Metal
• $500: Friends of Rory Rowland (Rowland is a state representative from Independence); Ron and Karen Finke; Scott and Carol Roberson; Whiting for Independence (outgoing City Council Member Chris Whiting); White Goss law firm; Jonathan and Kris Zerr; Brian and Courtney Johanning; the Independence Square Association
In Blue Springs, the committee supporting the use tax, Level the Playing Field, has taken in $7,620, including a $3,400 in-kind contribution from advertising company Lamar. Other top donations:
• $2,500: Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce
• $500: Cosentino Enterprises; Blue Springs Ford