"Your Vote Counts should be called 'Their Money Talks,'" says Missouri Farmers Care Chairman Don Nikodim. "Contrary to their rhetoric, this initiative petition isn't about giving a voice to Missouri voters, it's about giving more power to out-of-state special interests like HSUS and ASPCA. These animal-rights extremists are just trying to make it easier to advance their anti-hunting and anti-agriculture agenda."
The report, found on the Missouri Ethics Commission's website, shows that the Your Vote Counts Committee received a total of $164,863.92 in monetary and in-kind contributions from out-of-state individuals and special interests groups. Animal-rights groups ASPCA and HSUS contributed $50,000 and $87,305.39 respectively. Only two donors accounting for $150 were from the state of Missouri. In total, 99.91% of the Your Vote Counts Committee's funding came from outside of Missouri in the fourth quarter of 2011.
"For an organization claiming to stand up for Missouri voters, they don't seem to have much support from Missouri," adds MFC Vice-Chairman Jeff Windett . "These groups are abusing the initiative petition process to force their values on us. This initiative petition is just a way for these extremist groups to make it easier to come into Missouri and spend their way onto the ballot. I hope people will take a close look at who is really behind Your Vote Counts before they decide on it."