CLAIM: Koster Is Running “shameless, deceitful, disgusting attacks against Eric Greitens.”

VO: Chris Koster’s shameless, deceitful, disgusting attacks against Eric Greitens

GFX: Chris Koster’s shameless deceitful disgusting attack ads

THE FACTS: Nothing In Koster’s Ad Has Been Pointed To As A “Lie” – Ad Directly Cited Tax Documents Showing Greitens Paid Himself Over $700,000 From Charity Funds

TAX RECORDS SHOWED GREITENS PAID HIMSELF $700,000 FROM THROUGH HIS CHARITY

Federal Tax Records Showed That Greitens Received $700,000 From The Mission Continues. “Missouri Republican gubernatorial candidate Eric Greitens frequently recounts how he used his military combat pay from Iraq to found a charity that helps veterans transition to the private-sector through volunteer work. Although Greitens initially took no salary at The Mission Continues, federal tax records show he eventually received $700,000 from the charity — a fact his Democratic opponent highlighted in television ads that began airing Wednesday.” [AP, 9/7/16]

Greitens’ Salary Was “Raised To $175,000” In 2011 And He “Received A $25,000 Bonus That Year.” “Records show Greitens worked without pay in 2007 and 2008 as The Mission Continues got underway. After receiving a grant from the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, Greitens was paid a total of $150,000 from mid-2009 through 2010. As contributions continued to flow into The Mission Continues, Greitens’ salary was raised to $175,000 in 2011 and he received a $25,000 bonus that year. His salary remained at that level the next two years, before he stepped down as CEO in 2014.” [AP, 9/7/16]

Greitens’ Salary Remained “At That Level” Until He Stepped Down As CEO In 2014. “Records show Greitens worked without pay in 2007 and 2008 as The Mission Continues got underway. After receiving a grant from the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, Greitens was paid a total of $150,000 from mid-2009 through 2010. As contributions continued to flow into The Mission Continues, Greitens’ salary was raised to $175,000 in 2011 and he received a $25,000 bonus that year. His salary remained at that level the next two years, before he stepped down as CEO in 2014.” [AP, 9/7/16]

GREITENS SALARY WAS NEARLY “ONE-THIRD HIGHER” THAN SIMILAR SIZED CHARITIES IN THE MIDWEST

Greitens’ Salary Was “About One-Third Higher” Than The “$131,00 Median Compensation For Chief Executives Of 237 Medium-Sized Charities In The Midwest.” “According to a 2014 report by Charity Navigator, which evaluates nonprofit organizations, Greitens’ salary was about one-third higher than the $131,000 median compensation for chief executives of 237 medium-sized charities in the Midwest.” [AP, 9/7/16]

CLAIM: Greitens Ad Claimed Koster Was Investigated By The FBI In A Pay For Play Scheme

VO: Are only hiding who Koster really is 

GFX: Chris Koster Isn’t Who He Says He Is

VO: A career politician who busted in a national corruption investigation 

GFX: “Koster Pay-To-Play” 

GFX: Chris Koster “FBI Investigation Into Corruption” 

THE FACTS: Koster Was Found Of No Wrong Doing By Republican Ethics Panel, Who Accepted Koster’s Explanation For Each Case Cited In The New York Time At “Face Value.” Nevertheless, Koster Voluntarily Implemented The Most Stringent Ethics Policy In The Country For An Attorney General And A Missouri Politician. The FBI Claim Is Lazy, It Was Nothing More Than A Rumor That Was Fact-Checked In 2012.

KOSTER WAS NEVER INVESTIGATED BY THE FBI – “THERE IS NO DIRECT EVIDENCE THAT KOSTER WAS INVESTIGATED OR WAS THE SUBJECT OF AN INVESTIGATION”

The FBI “Rumor” Was Untrue, “There Is No Direct Evidence That Koster Was Investigated Or Was The Subject Of An Investigation.” The final claim — that Koster was investigated by the FBI — cites a Post-Dispatch article that reported Koster had ‘consulted an attorney related to rumors that he is involved in an ongoing FBI investigation into corruption at the Missouri Capitol.’ There is no direct evidence that Koster was investigated or was the subject of an investigation.  The report simply labeled it as ‘rumors.’ (The FBI doesn’t confirm or deny such matters and normally comments only if charges are issued.) A Koster statement at the time said the hiring of a lawyer was done out of an ‘abundance of caution.’ Koster said he asked attorney Ed Dowd, hearing that investigations of state office holders were ongoing, to review the 2008 election and make recommendations to him for the future.” [St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/22/12]

Koster Statement From 2010: “No Law Enforcement Agency Has Ever Contacted The Attorney General, And We Are Not Aware Of Any Such Contact With Any Member Of His Staff. There Is No Indication Of Any Investigation Involving Him.” [St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/6/10]

AFTER THE NEW YORK TIMES STORY, KOSTER TESTIFIED IN FRONT OF REPUBLICAN CHAIRED HOUSE ETHICS COMMITTEE, WHO AGREED WITH KOSTER’S EXPLANATION NOT TO PURSUE 5-HOUR ENERGY CASE AT “FACE VALUE” – KOSTER “IS METHODICAL, DETAIL-ORIENTED, AND JUDICIOUS IN THE DECISIONS HE MAKES. THE ARTICLE DOESN’T PORTRAY A GUY I KNOW”

Republican Rep. Jay Barnes Said He Accepted Koster’s Explanation At “Face Value.” “State Rep. Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City, said he accepted Koster’s explanation on ‘face value.’ “What touches the nerve of the general public,” Barnes said, is attorneys general meeting lobbyists at upscale resorts and taking contributions from those with pending litigation, according to the Times.” [St. Louis Business Journal, 12/9/14]

Columbia Missourian: “Barnes Said The Committee Agreed With Koster’s Decision Not To Pursue The 5-Hour Energy Case.” [Columbia Missourian, 12/8/14]

Joplin Globe: “Rep. Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City, Quizzed Koster About The Specifics Of His Dealings With The Companies. Barnes Said That While He Agreed With Koster’s Decisions, The Process By Which He Made Them Allowed For The Appearance Of Impropriety.” [Joplin Globe, 12/9/14]

Jay Barnes Was A Member Of The House Ethics Committee. [Missouri House, 98th General Assembly]

Republican Rep. Chris Molendorp Wondered “Who Had A Reason To Frame The [NYT] Story That Negatively And Who Had The Influence To Get It Done.” “Not all Republicans are eager to criticize Koster. ‘First, since when is 5-Hour Energy a pressing public policy issue for Missouri?’ Rep. Chris Molendorp, (R-Cass) said. ‘I would be stunned if they received complaints about the product’s effectiveness. Two, stories in the New York Times don’t just appear. The New York Times reporters have a lot to do, investigating a fly-over-country attorney general is interesting, so I wonder who had a reason to frame the story that negatively and who had the influence to get it done.’” [The Missouri Times, 11/3/14]

Molendorp: “I Know Chris Koster Better Than Most, And He Is Methodical, Detail-Oriented, And Judicious In The Decisions He Makes. The Article Doesn’t Portray A Guy I Know, It Portrays A Person Who Is Careless, Sloppy And Reckless And That Isn’t The Chris Koster I Know.” “‘Three, I know Chris Koster better than most, and he is methodical, detail-oriented, and judicious in the decisions he makes. The article doesn’t portray a guy I know, it portrays a person who is careless, sloppy and reckless and that isn’t the Chris Koster I know.’” [The Missouri Times, 11/3/14]

DEMOCRATS, FIREFIGHTERS AND UNIONS DEFENDED KOSTER – CALLED KOSTER “A MAN OF GREAT INTEGRITY”

Rep. Vicki Englund Said That Koster Was “An Attorney General With The Utmost Integrity.” “‘Chris Koster is an attorney general with the utmost integrity,’ Rep. Vicki Englund (D-St. Louis County) said. ‘Many times, I’ve seen him take on fights against powerful interests and be prudent not to use the authority of his office on cases that were without merit. To me, this smells like a political cheap shot by Republicans who look at their weak field for governor and have sour grapes that the best candidate in the field, Chris Koster, left their party.’” [The Missouri Times, 11/3/14]

Rep. Jeremy LaFaver Believed Koster Was “A Man Of Great Integrity” And “A Devoted Public Servant.” “‘Attorney General Koster is a man of great integrity and a devoted public servant,’ Rep. Jeremy LaFaver (D-Kansas City) said. ‘Any allegation to the contrary is simply someone grasping to score cheap political points.’” [The Missouri Times, 11/3/14]

MO AFL-CIO President Mike Louis Believed The Allegations Had No Merit. “‘Every case that Chris Koster takes on is in the best interest of the citizens of Missouri and when he decides not to take on one it is because he cannot win it,’ Louis said. ‘There is no merit and he doesn’t want to waste taxpayer money.’” [The Missouri Times, 11/3/14]

Missouri State Council Of Firefighters Legislative Director Mark Habbas Did Not See Koster Being Involved In “Any Pay-For-Play Activity.” “Others such as Mark Habbas, Legislative Director, Missouri State Council of Firefighters, were mildly critical of the article itself while defending Koster . ‘Chris Koster is one of the smartest people I know and there is no way I see him being involved in any pay-for-play activity,’ Habbas said. ‘The story seemed lacking when I read it.’” [The Missouri Times, 11/3/14]

TO SAY KOSTER HAD LET PFIZER OR AT&T GET A FREE PASS IS TO WILLFULLY IGNORE HIS RECORD OF JOINING ACTIONS AGAINST THOSE COMPANIES – AND IN THE CASE OF 5-HOUR ENERGY, THE VAST MAJORITY OF KOSTER’S FELLOW ATTORNEYS GENERALS AGREED WITH HIM, THIS WASN’T A CASE WORTH PURSUING

PFIZER

Kansas City Star: “Pfizer Agreed To Pay Missouri $750,000, At Least $350,000 Less Than What The State Would Have Collected Had It Participated In The Multistate Investigation. [Kansas City Star Editorial, 10/29/14]

AP Headline: “Missouri Gets $693,000 In Pfizer Settlement.” [AP, 8/8/14]

Koster Announced $1.5 Million From Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Inc That Was Purchased By Pfizer. [AGO Press Release, 7/31/13]

Koster Had Secured $22 Million From Pfizer “The Largest Nationwide Medicaid Fraud Settlement In History.” [St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 12/31/09]

AT&T

Koster Helped Reach A $105 Million Dollar Settlement With AT&T For “Cramming Violations” – Missouri Received $314,715 In Penalties. “Attorney General Chris Koster announced today that Missouri, along with 49 other states and the District of Columbia, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Federal Communications Commission, has reached a settlement with AT&T Mobility, LLC, to resolve allegations that the company placed charges for third-party services on consumers’ mobile telephone bills without authorization by the consumers, a practice known as ‘cramming.’ The settlement requires the company to pay $105 million in penalties and restitution. Missouri consumers will be entitled to seek refunds for cramming violations, and Missouri will receive $314,715 in penalties. Consumers who have been “crammed” often complain about charges, typically $9.99 per month, for ‘premium’ text message subscription services (also known as “PSMS” subscriptions) that send texts with information such as horoscopes, trivia, and sports scores. Often consumers found themselves receiving these services without having requested them. Last fall, AT&T Mobility, along with Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile, announced that it would stop billing their customers for these third-party charges. AT&T is the first mobile phone provider to enter a settlement to resolve the cramming allegations from past practices. Under the terms of today’s settlement, AT&T Mobility is required to pay $80 million in refunds to consumers who were victims of cramming. The fund will be administered by the Federal Trade Commission.” [AGO Press Release, 10/8/14]

Koster Announced AT&T Would Stop Unauthorized “Cramming” On Their Customers’ Bills. “Carriers have allowed third parties to use mobile billing to charge for their services– services most consumers did not want and may not have even noticed,” Koster said.  ‘It is time for this practice to stop.  We will continue to work with other carriers to encourage them to take the same step that AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile have agreed to take.’ Koster noted that eliminating these types of premium text messages will stop the majority of third-party charges on cell phone bills. Cramming on cell phones and landlines is estimated to cost Americans $2 billion per year.” [AGO, 11/21/13]

5-HOUR ENERGY

REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC ATTORNEY GENERALS AGREED WITH KOSTER ON 5-HOUR ENERGY – ONLY 4 STATES HAD FILED RECENT CASES AGAINST 5-HOUR ENERGY

Only Four States Attorney Generals Have Sued 5 Hour Energy: Washington, Hawaii, Vermont And Oregon. “Oregon, Washington and Vermont filed similar lawsuits last summer. The Hawaii lawsuit says advertising claims that the vitamins and nutrients in 5-hour Energy Original and Extra-Strength causes users to function at enhanced levels are false because the only ingredient that provides any claimed effect is caffeine.” [Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 1/31/15]

KOSTER RESPONDED TO NYT ARTICLE AND HOUSE HEARING BY SELF-IMPOSING THE STRONGEST ETHICS AND TRANSPARENCY RULES IN THE COUNTRY FOR AN ATTORNEY GENERAL

Koster: “These New Restrictions Are The Strictest Conflict-Of-Interest Provisions Of Any Elected Attorney General In The United States. “Transparency Is The Best Way To Erase Any Potential Perception Of A Conflict.” [Think Progress, 11/20/14]

KOSTER’S MODELED HIS NEW POLICY OFF OF NEW YORK ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC SCHNEIDERMAN’S POLICY – AND THEN WENT FURTHER

Koster’s Policy Was Modeled Off Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman of New York. “Attorneys general across the country are considering possible voluntary changes in ethics codes to address issues raised by The Times, several current and former attorneys general said in interviews and in public comments. Mr. Koster said his policy was modeled after that of Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman of New York. A spokesman for Mr. Koster said he also supported Mr. Schneiderman’s call for the Democratic Attorneys General Association, which makes large contributions to attorney general candidates, to stop taking money from targets of investigation.” [New York Times, 11/19/14]

Koster’s Policy Went Even Further Than Schneiderman’s Policy.The new policy is modeled after one adopted by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The New York policy is similar to the one Attorney General Koster announced today, but unlike the New York policy,  Koster’s policy applies to attorneys, law firms and lobbyists directly involved in litigation against the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, in addition to applying to the litigants themselves. The new rules will apply to all campaign donations going forward.” [Missouri Times, 11/20/15]

KOSTER’S SELF-IMPOSED POLICY PROHIBITED ANY INDIVIDUAL, LOBBYIST, LAWYER, OR LAW FIRM WITH PENDING LITIGATION OR LITIGATION RESOLVED WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE IN THE PREVIOUS 90 DAYS FROM CONTRIBUTING TO KOSTER’S CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE.  IN ADDITION, NO ONE EMPLOYED BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE COULD CONTRIBUTE TO KOSTER’S CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE, IN ADDITION TO REFUSING GIFTS OF ANY VALUE FROM REGISTERED LOBBYISTS

Koster’s New Policy Banned Contributions From “Individuals Or Companies That Are The Subject Of An Ongoing Investigation Or One That Has Been Resolved In The Prior Three Months, Nor Will He Accept Contributions From Any Lobbyists, Lawyers Or Law Firms Who Represent Them. He Also Announced He Would No Longer Take Gifts Of Any Value From Registered Lobbyists.” “Under Mr. Koster’s new policy, he will no longer accept donations from individuals or companies that are the subject of an ongoing investigation or one that has been resolved in the prior three months, nor will he accept contributions from any lobbyists, lawyers or law firms who represent them. He also announced he would no longer take gifts of any value from registered lobbyists.” [New York Times, 11/19/14]

Koster Would Not Take Any Money From Those Employed By The Attorney General’s Office. “The new policy:

  • Declines contributions from individuals and entities with litigation currently pending against the Attorney General’s Office or that has resolved in the past 90 days;
  • Declines contributions from lobbyists, attorneys, and their law firms, personally engaged in the representation of individuals and entities with litigation pending against the Attorney General’s Office or that has resolved in the past 90 days;
  • Declines contributions from anyone employed by the Attorney General’s Office.” [Missouri Times, 11/20/15]

All Campaign Donor Cards And Online Donations Were Subject To A Disclaimer Of The New Policy. “Beginning immediately, all campaign donor cards will contain the following declaration:

To the best of my knowledge:

  • Neither I personally nor any entity which I control has litigation presently pending against the MO Attorney General¹s office nor has had such litigation resolved by that office within the last 90 days;
  • I am not a lawyer, a law firm that employs a lawyer, or a registered lobbyist, personally engaged in current litigation against the MO Attorney General¹s office, nor have I represented any entity engaged in such litigation in the past 90 days;
  • I am not a current employee or contract employee of the MO Attorney General¹s office, nor have I been so employed in the past 90 days.

Contributors making an online donation will be asked to verify this disclaimer at the time of their donation, while individuals making a contribution via check will be asked to confirm this disclaimer in a separate disclosure form. The campaign will return contributions not conforming to this policy immediately upon determining any error has occurred.” [Missouri Times, 11/20/15]

KOSTER HAD RETURNED OVER $100,000 SINCE NEW POLICY PUT IN PLACE

Koster Had Returned Over $100,000 Since The New Policy Was Put In Place. [Missouri Ethics Committee, Accessed

3/2/16]

LEGAL SCHOLARS PRAISED PLAN – “SUBSTANTIALLY RAISE THE BAR FOR ETHICS IN OUR STATE”

Mike Wolff, Dean Of St. Louis University’s School Of Law, And Former Chief Justice Of The Missouri Supreme Court: Koster’s New Policies “Substantially Raise The Bar For Ethics In Our State.  I Hope Other Elected Leaders Will Follow Koster’s Example And Adopt Conflict-Of-Interest Policies That Increase Confidence In Our State’s Political System.” [KMWU, 11/19/14]


Dean R. Lawrence Dessem, Professor Of Ethics At The University Of Missouri School Of Law On Koster’s New Policies: “By Limiting Campaign Contributions From Attorneys, Clients, And Lobbyists, These New Rules Positively Address The Appearance Of Governmental Conflict-Of-Interest.”
[KMWU, 11/19/14]

2. CLAIM: Koster Wasted $3.2 Million Redecorating His Office

VO: Koster wasted million redecorating his office

GFX: Chris Koster wasted million redecorating his office

THE FACTS: Koster Used Money He Won Through Protecting Missouri Consumers And A Federal Grant To Pay For A “Modest” Office Renovation To Fix A “Decaying” Office Filled With Asbestos.  No General Revenue Was Used To Renovate The Office And The Fixes Were Approved Nearly Unanimously By The Republican Controlled Legislature

KOSTER PROPOSED USING MONEY HIS OWN CONSUMER PROTECTION UNIT RECOVERED AND FEDERAL FUNDS TO PAY FOR THE “MODEST” REMODEL

Koster Proposed Remodeling “Long-Neglected” State Office Space With Money Recovered From Consumer Fraud Cases. “Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is proposing to use money recovered from consumer fraud cases to help pay for a $3.2 million renovation of his staff’s office. Koster said Wednesday that the remodeling would spruce up a long-neglected part of the Broadway State Office Building, complementing repairs made over the past couple years to the building’s leaking windows and roof.” [AP, 2/22/12]

Koster Said The Goal Was To Make Office “A Modest, Model-Quality Law Office. We’re Not Trying To Make Anything Fancy Over There.” [AP, 2/22/12]

Koster: “State Buildings Should Be Maintained And Not Allowed To Crumble. There’s Only So Long We Can Turn Our Back On Decaying Infrastructure.” [AP, 2/22/12]

PHOTOS SHOWED AN OFFICE IN DESPERATE NEED OF REMODELING 

Photos Of Office Before Remodel [AGO]

RECORDS SHOWED THE OFFICE HAS ASBESTOS

Records Showed The Office Had Asbestos. [AGO, 2010]

KOSTER’S PROPOSAL USED NO GENERAL REVENUE FUNDS TO REMODEL OFFICE

St. Louis Business Journal: “Funding The Proposed Renovation Would Not Come From General Revenue, But Rather About $400,000 In Administrative Allowances That Accompany Federal Grants, And About $2.8 Million From The Merchandising Practices Revolving Fund.” “Funding the proposed renovation would not come from general revenue, but rather about $400,000 in administrative allowances that accompany federal grants, and about $2.8 million from the Merchandising Practices Revolving Fund. Money recovered by the state in consumer fraud cases goes into the fund, which is available to pay expenses of the attorney general’s office. ‘We’ve been setting aside money for several years for this,’ Gonder said.” [St. Louis Business Journal, 2/23/12]

Koster’s Proposal “Would Not Use General State Funds” – But “Tap Nearly $2.8 Million From A From A Special Fund Set Up To Receive Money From Consumer Fraud And Unfair Merchandising Cases Brought By The Attorney General’s Office, As Well As Nearly $400,000 From Federal Funds.” [AP, 2/22/12]

IN 2013, THE YEAR AFTER KOSTER’S REQUEST, THE MISSOURI SENATE UNANIMOUSLY AND THE MISSOURI HOUSE NEARLY UNANIMOUSLY PASSED $141 MILLION FOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND

In 2013, The Missouri Legislature Passed A $212 Million Capital Improvement Bill That Would Have Spent $141 Million Over Two Years From General Revenue For Capital Improvements. [HB 18, 2013]

HB 18 Showed No General Revenue Money Went To Attorney General’s Office, $3.4 Million In Capital Improvements Came From “Federal And Other Funds.” [HB 18, 2013]

Office Of Administration Showed Nearly $2.8 Million Came From “Other Funds” And Nearly $400,000 Came From Federal Funds – $0 Came From Taxpayers Funded General Revenue For AGO Jefferson City Broadway Building Improvements. [Missouri Office Of Administration, 2013 Capital Improvements]

The Missouri Senate Passed Capital Improvement Bill (HB 18) Unanimously 33-0, Including Sen. Will Kraus Who Had Been Critical Of Koster And Sen. John Lamping Who Supported Greitens. [Activity History HB18, Vote, 2013]

The Missouri House Passed Capital Improvement Bill (HB 18) 149-5. [Activity History HB18, 2013]

CLAIM: Koster Takes Money From Union Bosses And Opposes Job Growth

VO: Took $6 million for union bosses to push their agenda

GFX: Chris Koster Took 6 million from union bosses — opposes job growth reform

THE FACTS: Koster Supported The 2014 Tax Cuts, The First Cut Tax Cut In Almost A Century. Koster Received Union Support, Because Unlike Eric Greitens, He Opposed Right To Work. Multiple Studies Showed States With Right To Work Had Lower Growth, Wages, And Benefits.

Koster Had Supported 2014 Tax Cuts In General Assembly. “He called for the state to work to get into the national Top 10 when it comes to attracting businesses and job. But Koster then asserted that Missouri now lags behind other states because legislators have taken the wrong approach. He acknowledged that he had supported the recent tax cuts approved last session by the General Assembly, but added that to do any more slashing in the short-term would be ‘unwise.’” [KCUR, 11/7/14]

May 2014: Missouri Republicans Cut Missouri’s Top Individual Tax Rate For First Time In Almost A Century. “The legislation will cut Missouri’s top individual income tax rate for the first time in almost a century and make Missouri just the third state to enact a special deduction for business income reported on personal tax returns. The cuts will occur only if revenues keep growing. Republicans have large majorities in the House and Senate but still needed Democratic help to achieve the two-thirds majority required for an override.” [KRCG, 5/6/14]

KOSTER WAS OPPOSED TO RIGHT-TO-WORK LEGISLATION BECAUSE HE SOUGHT TO PROTECT WAGES – GREITENS SUPPORTED THE MEASURE

Koster On Right-To-Work: “States That Have Passed These Measures Have Lower Wages, Fewer Benefits, And More Dangerous Workplaces. That Is Not The Missouri We Want To Build.” “Sadly, the labor movement that has fought for more than hundred years to raise wages, increase benefits, and protect workers rights is under attack. Here in Missouri and elsewhere, some are engaging in schemes aimed to restrict collective bargaining rights. This threatens our common values and the ability of working Missourians to earn a living wage. States that have passed these measures have lower wages, fewer benefits, and more dangerous workplaces. That is not the Missouri we want to build. Public service should aim to move the rights of the people forward — not backward to a time without even a minimum wage.” [Missouri Times, Op-Ed, 9/05/16]

Greitens Was “Adamant” That He Would Support “Right-To Work.” “The next governor will have a say in deciding whether Missouri becomes a ‘right-to-work’ state, after conservative lawmakers tried and failed this year to pass legislation that would have removed the requirement for workers to support unions. Koster has said he will oppose ‘right-to-work’ legislation, and Greitens is equally adamant that he will support ‘right-to-work.’” [Springfield News-Leader, 9/22/16]

WAGES WERE LOWER FOR BOTH UNION AND NONUNION WORKERS IN RIGHT-TO-WORK STATES

Economic Policy Institute Headline: ““Right-to-Work” States Still Have Lower Wages.” [EPI, 4/22/15]

Economic Policy Institute: “Research Shows That Both Union And Nonunion Workers In RTW States Have Lower Wages And Fewer Benefits, On Average, Than Comparable Workers In Other States.” “At their core, RTW laws seek to hamstring unions’ ability to help employees bargain with their employers for better wages, benefits, and working conditions. Given that unionization raises wages both for individual union members as well as for nonunion workers in unionized sectors, it is not surprising that research shows that both union and nonunion workers in RTW states have lower wages and fewer benefits, on average, than comparable workers in other states.” [EPI, 4/22/15]

Economic Policy Institute: “Median Wages Are 16.6 Percent Higher In Non-RTW States ($18.40 Vs. $15.79).”

[EPI, 4/22/15]

Wages In Right To Work States Are 3.2 Percent Lower Than Wages In Non-Right To Work States – And Less Likely To Have Health Insurance And Pension Coverage. “At their core, RTW laws seek to hamstring unions’ ability to help employees bargain with their employers for better wages, benefits, and working conditions. Given that unionization raises wages both for individual union members as well as for nonunion workers in unionized sectors, it is not surprising that research shows that both union and nonunion workers in RTW states have lower wages and fewer benefits, on average, than comparable workers in other states. Indeed, in a 2011 EPI paper, Elise Gould and Heidi Shierholz estimate that wages in RTW states are 3.2 percent lower on average than wages in non-RTW states, even after controlling for a full set of worker characteristics and state labor market conditions. Gould and Shierholz (2011) also find that workers in RTW states are less likely to have employer-sponsored health insurance and pension coverage.” [EPI, 4/22/15]

RIGHT-TO-WORK WAS NOT A SHIELD AGAINST HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT

7 Of The 10 States With The Highest Unemployment Are RTW. “Supporters claim that RTW will spur job growth and attract new companies to RTW states, but in reality 7 of the 10 states with the highest unemployment rates are RTW.” [EPI, 3/2/15]

RTW STATES, ON AVERAGE, SAW SMALLER MEDIAN INCOME GROWTH  THAN MISSOURI

U.S. Census Bureau Report: “Household Income: 2015” [U.S. Census Bureau, 9/15/16]

Table 1: 2015 Missouri Median Income Growth

[U.S. Census Bureau, 9/15/16]

Table 3: 2015 Averaged Median Income Growth Of RTW States Was Lower Than Missouri Growth

[U.S. Census Bureau, 9/15/16]

CLAIM: Koster Wanted Billion In Obamacare Expansion

VO: Now Koster wants billions in Obamacare Expansion

GFX: Chris Koster Billions In Obamacare Expansion In Missouri

THE FACTS: Chris Koster Supported Expanding Medicaid, Not “Obamacare.”  Expansion Of Medicaid Would Infuse Nearly $2 Billion Annually Into Missouri From The Federal Government, Create Tens Of Thousands Of Jobs, Save Missouri Nearly $100 Million Per-Year, Prevent Hospital Closures In Rural Missouri, And Extended Health Coverage To 300,000 Missourians.

CHRIS KOSTER SUPPORTED MEDICAID EXPANSION

Koster: “Expanding Medicaid Is The Best Economic Opportunity This State Has Seen In Decades.” “No issue better typifies our needlessly divisive politics than healthcare, the fastest growing industry in our state. Expanding Medicaid is the best economic opportunity this state has seen in decades. A 2014 Missouri Economic Research and Information (MERIC) study found that Medicaid expansion in Missouri would create tens of thousands of new jobs and invest billions of dollars into urban and rural communities.” [Koster Medium Post, 4/21/16]

MEDICAID EXPANSION WOULD CREATE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF JOBS – IN ALL CORNERS OF THE STATE

University Of Missouri Study: Expansion Of Medicaid Projected To Generate 24,008 Jobs Initially, More Than Missouri’s 10 Fortune 500 Companies In The State And Would Result In A 12.8% Reduction In Unemployment. “Expansion of Medicaid in Missouri is projected to generate an additional 24,008 jobs in Missouri in 2014. In one year, this is more than the employment of Missouri’s 10 Fortune 500 companies in the state. It also is 12.8% of the total unemployment number in Missouri in 2011.” [University Of Missouri: The Economic Impacts Of Medicaid Expansion on Missouri, November 2012]

Impact Of New Job Creation On Unemployment, 2014

[University Of Missouri: The Economic Impacts Of Medicaid Expansion on Missouri, November 2012]

Missouri Health Matters: “On Average, 14 Percent Of Total Employment In Rural Communities Is Attributed To The Health Sector.” [Missouri Health Matters, 10/2014]

Missouri Budget Project Report: “Expanding Medicaid Would Help Every Region In The State, But Would Have The Most Dramatic Impact In Rural Areas.” “This report estimates the impact of the Medicaid expansion at

the local level, concluding that expanding Medicaid would help every region in the state, but would have the most dramatic impact in rural areas. While the expansion would cover more people and attract more health care dollars in the urban areas of Kansas City and St. Louis, the biggest impact would be in rural regions, reducing the uninsured by as much as 31 percent in Southeast Missouri. In contrast, the reductions in the uninsured would be lower in the St. Louis and Kansas City regions.” [The Missouri Medicaid Expansion: Good for All Missourians, January 2013]

NOT EXPANDING MEDICAID WAS COSTING MISSOURI NEARLY $2 BILLION ANNUALLY – AND MORE THAN $600 MILLION ANNUALLY FOR HOSPITALS

[Urban Institute, 8/8/14]

A RURAL HOSPITAL WAS BEING SHUT DOWN EVERY 8 MONTHS BECAUSE THE MISSOURI LEGISLATURE WOULDN’T DO ITS JOB

[Shep Center UNC: Rural Hospital Closures 2010-Current, Accessed 5/6/16]

In Springfield, Ozarks Community Hospital Was Forced To Close. “The head of Springfield-based OCH Health System — the company that runs Ozarks Community Hospital — said in a memo to staff Monday that 200 employees will be losing their jobs as the system closes that facility’s surgery department and emergency room. In the memo, system CEO Paul Taylor says the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has “published notice that it is terminating our Medicare agreement because we do not satisfy the federal definition of a hospital.” ‘We had been working through the process with CMS to provide evidence that we did satisfy the definition of a hospital since late last year,’ Taylor wrote. ‘We thought we were going to be okay.’” [Springfield News-Leader, 7/18/16]

EXPANDING MEDICAID WAS PROJECTED TO BRING IN OVER $2 BILLION IN NEW TAX REVENUE OVER 7 YEARS

University Of Missouri Study: Expanding Medicaid Would Generate $856 Million Additional State And Local Taxes, $1.4 Billion In Federal Taxes, And $2.3 Billion In Overall New Tax Revenue. “Increased Tax Revenue: The Medicaid expansion will generate $856 million in additional state and local taxes from 2014 to 2020 and $1.4 billion in federal taxes due to the increase in jobs and economic activity, for a total tax collected of $2.3 billion.” [University Of Missouri: The Economic Impacts Of Medicaid Expansion on Missouri, November 2012]

EXPANDING MEDICAID WOULD SAVE MISSOURI MORE THAN $80 MILLION ANNUALLY

Missouri Budget Project 2015: “Expanding Medicaid Would Actually Save The State Money – More Than $81 Million Initially, And More Than $100 Million Annually In Later Years. The Truth Is, Missouri Can’t Afford Not To Expand And Transform Our Medicaid Program.” [Missouri Budget Project, 2015; Missouri Office of Administration, Division of Budget and Planning]

EXPANDING MEDICAID WOULD COVER ABOUT 300,000 MISSOURIANS WHO DON’T HAVE HEALTH COVERAGE

Medicaid Expansion Would Extend Health Coverage To “About 300,000” Missourians. “Expansion would add about 300,000 Missourians to the Medicaid rolls. Right now, about half of them fall into what’s known as the “coverage gap”: They make too much money to qualify for Medicaid but too little to qualify for marketplace subsidies.” [KCUR, 7/22/15]

OVER 91,000 MISSOURIANS WITH MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE NEEDS WOULD BE COVERED BY MEDICAID EXPANSION

Health And Human Services Data Showed There Were About 91,000 Missourians Who Suffered From Mental Illness And Substance Abuse Disorders Who Would Be Covered By Medicaid Expansion. “Wachino and Richard Frank, HHS’s assistant secretary for planning and evaluation, told reporters Monday that its data show that if all states expanded Medicaid it would result in an estimated 371,000 fewer people suffering from depression. There are an estimated 1.9 million people at all income levels with mental or substance abuse disorders living in states that have not expanded Medicaid, HHS said. HHS released data that showed that there are about 91,000 uninsured people in Missouri living below 138 percent of poverty who suffer from mental illness or substance abuse disorders. Expanded Medicaid coverage, they argue, would reduce hospitals’ uncompensated costs of treating uninsured people, lead to more economic productivity among the newly covered, and free state mental health resources for other programs, such as prevention and early treatment of those with suffering from mental health disease or opioid abuse.” [St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/28/16]

VO: Chris Koster, another corrupt, big spending, union boss controlled, obamacare expanding career politician 

GFX: Chris Koster, another corrupt, big spending, union-controlled, obamacare expanding career politician