Follow the Money – right out of town

One might think that with all the hub-bub surrounding the upcoming vote on the new single terminal airport, that there would certainly be more paid exposure out there than there is presently. Especially given the weight city leaders are putting on the matter, one would think that this is the most important matter facing the city in decades. Certainly Kansas City’s heavy hitting corporate entities think so, given the initiative has built up a war chest that comes close to the $800,000 mark.

The Dog thinks that bank-roll could buy a lot of paid advertising in favor of the new airport. Sadly however, The Northeast News, or should we say the Northeast community, isn’t worthy of any paid ads for the new airport. That said, apparently neither are any of the other community weeklies that serve the city’s urban core, according to Campaign Director Mark Nevins of Dover Strategies. Wait. Who? Dover Strategies Group, the high-dollar Chicago and Philadelphia-based Democrat powerhouse agency that ran Hillary’s Pennsylvania campaign in 2008? Yes folks, one and the same.

The selection of Dover Strategies means there wasn’t one single locally-owned and operated campaign consulting agency in Kansas City worth awarding this high-dollar, posh piece of business to. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that most of that $800,000 is going to benefit the economies of Chicago and Philly, not Kansas City. All this comes on the heels of the Mayor’s big push for Amazon to pick Kansas City for the location of one of its corporate HQ’s. But this Dog wonders if Kansas City is so great, why did this posh piece of campaign consulting business go to Chicago and Philadelphia? Certainly gives a Dog something to think about.

This locally advocating News-dog isn’t buying the hype and would advise the voting public to think critically before casting your vote in the upcoming election. Think about where some of Kansas City’s most powerful companies put their money to advance the single terminal airport scheme in Kansas City. They sent it out of town. Buy local? Apparently not so much in this case.

A footnote from the Dog: This pooch knows this bit of free press probably cost this locally-owned, award-winning news source some campaign ads for this cause. That’s the price of free speech.

CLICK HERE for a list of the heavy hitters that have contributed over $5,000 to the single terminal airport campaign (KC3T) as of October 12th. This information is from the Missouri Ethics Commission.

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