Kurt Schaefer has used his position in the State senate to benefit his law firm's clients, including supporting a bill that would allow Chinese companies to buy up hundreds of thousands of acres of Missouri farmland.1
Schaefer voted for his client's bill that allowed the Chinese company to own farmland in Missouri.2 And then when he was running for Attorney General he voted again to change the law to make it easier for the Chinese company to buy more land if they want to in the future.3 The Company subsequently contributed $30,000 to Schaefer's Attorney General campaign.4
This legislation prompted the St. Louis Post-Dispatch to ask, Is Missouri's agricultural law being rewritten in Hong Kong?"
The Missouri Farm Bureau also opposed the legislation! Read why here.
Senator Kurt Schaefer supported a $450 million tax increase that was opposed by small businesses across the state.
Senator Kurt Schaefer voted in favor of accepting millions of dollars of President Obama's federal stimulus funds, which have ballooned the federal deficit.6
As Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Kurt Schaefer allowed the state to provide $96 million dollars in funding to the Rams stadium, which the team abandoned before it was fully paid for.7
Schaefer also supported a nearly $1 billion bond deal to put taxpayers on the hook for the cost of a new building for state bureaucrats.
Kurt Schaefer was the only Republican in the State Senate who voted against a bill protecting businesses with religious beliefs opposed to abortion, contraception or sterilization from having to provide insurance or pay for those services, voting no on both the third reading vote and the override.8
Kurt Schaefer supports stem cell research, including a controversial research method that allows scientists to create cloned embryos in a laboratory.
1. Yes vote on CCS #2 HCS SCS SB9, 5/16/13; Yes on override, 9/11/13
2. Yes vote on CCS #2 HCS SCS SB9, 5/16/13; Yes on override, 9/11/13
3. Yes on HCS SB506, 5/15/14; Yes on override of HCS SB506, 9/10/14; Yes on HCS SS SCS SB12, 3/31/15
4. $5,000 on 11/18/13, $20,000 on 9/30/14, $5,000 on 12/30/15
5. Yes on SS2 SCS SBs 26, 11, and 31, 3/12/13
6. Yes on HB22, 5/7/09
7. HB5, Section 5.215, 2009; HB2005, Section 5.190, 2010; HB5, Section 5.205, 2011; HB2005, Section 5.225, 2012; HB5, Section 5.215, 2013; HB2005, Section 5.225, 2014; HB5, Section 5.215, 2015; HB2012, Section 12.151, 2016
8. No on CCS HCS SS SB749, 5/18/12; No on CCS HCS SS SB749, 9/12/12
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