The Political Action Committee, established in support of Missouri Governor Mike Parson, raised $ 56,000 in a fundraiser in April organized by individuals and companies who have obtained lucrative medical marijuana licenses from the state.

The results of the April 27 event were released in the United Missouri PAC’s quarterly report last week.

The 65-year-old Parson is not allowed to run again for governor due to a term limit and has turned down the idea of ​​looking for another office in the future. Nonetheless, he continues to collect and spend money through Uniting Missouri, which, unlike the candidates, is not restricted by the state’s campaign dues.

The PAC reported raising approximately $ 160,000 from April 1 to June 30. Almost half of that came from the Michael Ketchmark law firm in Kansas, which donated $ 75,000 on June 3.

The timing of the Ketchmark donation caught attention at the time because it was reported on the same day that Parson replaced a University of Missouri curator who had refused to step down due to controversy over a Ketchmark-sponsored employee.

The controversial curatorial candidate, backed by Ketchmark, was Todd Graves, an attorney and former Missouri GOP chairman who only got Senate approval after Parson struck a deal with the Democrats.

A Graves company founded in 2016 – 105 High Street LLC – donated $ 560 each month to Uniting Missouri in kind. The company owns the building that Uniting Missouri moved into earlier this year.

The largest donation from the medical marijuana fundraiser in April was $ 25,000 from MO Majority PAC, a political action committee affiliated with lobbyist and longtime Parson advisor Steve Tilley.

Tilley, whose activities have been under the FBI’s control for nearly two years, represents numerous medical marijuana companies, including the Missouri Medical Cannabis Trade Association. The industry is regulated by the Parson administration and has been scrutinized for alleged inappropriateness in the issuing of licenses.

Tilley was also at the center of controversy over the Board of Trustees nominations after a longtime board member opposed Tilley using his university connections to do business for his other lobbying clients.

Although Uniting Missouri raised $ 160,000 in the last quarter, it spent nearly $ 200,000.

The greatest effort is also associated with Tilley.

Uniting Missouri paid IGH Aviation LLC more than $ 22,000 for travel in early May.

According to the founding papers filed with the State Department, IGH was registered by Tilley’s sister. The company’s address is the same as that of a Perryville Beef ‘O’ Brady’s restaurant that Steve Tilley lists as the owner.

The PAC paid policy advisors around $ 25,000. That includes monthly payments totaling $ 12,500 to David Barklage, a veteran GOP advisor who was charged with tax fraud by federal prosecutors in late April. Barklage is expected to plead guilty later this month.

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