Pro-Prop A group raises 10 times as much as opposition

By MIKE ANTHONY

Citizens Protecting Our Investments, an organization promoting the passage of the Mehlville School District’s Proposition A, raised more than 10 times as much money as a committee opposing the 97-cent tax-rate increase.

Mehlville voters considered Proposition A in Tuesday’s election — after the Call went to press.

Citizens Protecting Our Investments reported raising $41,171.01 and spending $45,891.47. No Accountability, No on A, a committee opposing the passage of Proposi-tion A, reported raising $3,944 and spending $1,231. The information about both committees was included in campaign finance reports that state law requires to be filed eight days before an election.

Andrea Keller and Debra Selinger are serving as co-chairs of Citizens Protecting Our Investments and Debra Wood is serving as treasurer of the organization. Mehl-ville Fire Protection District Board of Directors Chairman Aaron Hilmer is serving as treasurer of No Accountability, No on A, while Jim Stonebraker, who served six years on the Lemay Fire Protection District’s Board of Directors, is serving as deputy treasurer of the committee.

The report filed last week by Citizens Protecting Our Investments covers Jan. 1 through Jan. 26. During that period, the group raised $25,958.40 — $12,816.62 in cash and $13,141.78 worth of in-kind contributions — and spent $32,002.07, including in-kind expenditures totaling $13,141.78.

Contributors during that period included:

Outback Steakhouse, in-kind contribution of $7,500; Citizens to Protect Our In-vestment, the committee that promoted the passage of Proposition P in November 2000, $3,371.62; Carpenters’ District Coun-cil of Greater St. Louis, $1,000; Mehlville Mothers’ Club, $1,000; Mehlville National Education Association, cash donation of $225 and an in-kind contribution of $780; B-K Plumbing, an in-kind contribution of $850; and Franklin Promotional Group, an in-kind contribution of $600.

Other contributors included: Midwest BankCentre, $500; School Information Systems Inc., $500; Rita and Greg Die-kemper, cash donations of $105 and $35 and an in-kind contribution of $455.48; Mc-Cord Consulting Inc., an in-kind contribution of $451.95; Hagemann Parents and Teachers, $432; Jackie Patton, $400; Dave Sinclair Ford, an in-kind contribution of $350; and Judith Shawcross, $300.

Expenditures during the reporting period included:

Vigilant Communications, $7,000 for consulting; Franklin Promotional Group, $4,576.46 for yard signs; Franklin Promo-tional Group, $1,035.25 for magnets; and Franklin Promotional Group, $393.67 for buttons.

The report filed last week by No Ac-countability, No on A covers Jan. 4 through Jan. 26. The group raised $3,944 and spent $1,231.

Contributors during that period included:

Republican Central Committee, $500; Green Park Business Association, $500; Hilvin Investment Corp., $500; Devault Operations, $300; WR Investments, $300; and Glass Gallery, $300.

Expenditures during the reporting period included: Call Newspapers, $844 for an advertisement; and $387 to Hilmer for 10,000 fliers, voters’ list, CD-ROMs, stamps and office supplies.