It looks like the usual suspects are at it again. The St Louis Post Dispatch’s “Political Fix” reports:
Senate Republicans will raise campaign funds tonight at what they’re billing as “a tropical cocktail hour underneath the cabanas on the pool deck of Ameristar Casino” in St. Charles. The description comes from an invitation signed by Senate Majority Leader Charlies Shields, R-St. Joseph, and Sen. Scott Rupp, R-Wentzville. The event, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., will raise money for the Majority Fund Inc., the committee that works to keep the Senate in Republican hands.
Contribution limits don’t apply since the money goes to a continuing committee instead of a candidate committee. Sponsors are urged to donate $2,500; hosts, $1,000; and guests, $500. The letter goes on to invite donors to stay the night at Ameristar Hotel and Spa, where a block of rooms is reserved just for them.
It’s of course no surprise that Senate Majority Leader Shields and Sen. Scott Rupp are hosting an event at the casino. Those two Senators have received countless dollars and donations from the casino industry to promote their anti-family, pro-gambling agenda. As you may remember they have each been the sponsors of legislation to expand gambling and remove the $500 loss limit. This type of behavior is to be expected from those in the pockets of the casino industry, its just sad that it comes from those who are in leadership in the State Senate.