Ken McClain, a prominent Independence attorney and business owner, gave the largest contribution – $10,000 – to the campaign in favor of the upcoming police services tax initiative.

Ken McClain, a prominent Independence attorney and business owner, gave the largest contribution – $10,000 – to the campaign in favor of the upcoming police services tax initiative.

Four current members of the Independence City Council also contributed to the Protect Our Community campaign. On the opponents’ side, Henry Carner gave the most money – nearly $1,500 – to the No More Bailouts campaign.

This is a list of monetary and in-kind contributions from 2012, according to the Missouri Ethics Commission website.

Contributions from individuals who gave more than once were added together. Individuals or businesses are in Independence, unless otherwise noted.  

Protect Our Community
(for the police tax)
$25-$50 –
$25, Cynthia Horn, retired; Andrea Wyatt, health care, Greenwood, Mo.; Dan Williams, health care, Kansas City;
$50, William Kidd, small business owner, Buckner.

$100-$150 –
$100, Donna Pittman, owner of Curt’s Meat Market; Marcie Gragg, self-employed/District 1 City Council member; Tim Watkins, contractor; Steve Mauer, attorney, Kansas City; Bernard ODonnell, retired; Dennis Taylor, airline pilot; Lee Williams, librarian; Cheryl Carpenter Davis, educator, Mission, Kan.; Charles Shield, hospital administrator, Kansas City; J.C. Plastics Inc.; Myron Paris, retired/District 3 City Council Member; James Schultz, insurance agent/At-Large City Council member;
$150, Byron Constance, attorney.

$200-$299 –
$200, Gary White, nursing home administrator; Ronald Eiman, retired;
$215, Brent Schondelmeyer, communications (Schondelmeyer also provided $132 of in-kind services).
$250, Fred Mills, retired Independence police chief; Ronald Finke, financial services.

$400 –
Karen Downey, co-owner of Downey Construction, Kansas City; Pat O’Neill, marketing, Kansas City.

$500 –
Carolyn Caldwell, hospital administrator, Lee’s Summit; Reimal for Independence committee; CHIPP Political Account committee, St. Louis; Roger Hershey, Park University attorney.

$2,500 –
Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 1; Citizens for Effective Leadership.

$5,000 –
Allen Lefko, Bank of Grain Valley banker, Overland Park, Kan.; Citizens for Reform committee.

$10,000
Kenneth McClain, attorney.

No More Bailouts (against the police tax)
$100-$105 –
$100, Elisa Breitenbach, small business owner; Frank Burnap, retired; $105, Davis Schwensen, retired.

$200-$500 –
$200, AA Self Storage, Grain Valley; LAKE CITY U-STOR; Osage Self Storage; $250, Paul Mitchell, retired; Karen DeLuccie, attorney; $350, Jason White, administration, Independence; $400, Barbara Gose, pharmacist.

More than $1,000 –
$1,490, Henry Carner, retired, Independence.