The Coalition for Missouri’s Future strongly objects to Rex Sinquefield’s and Grow Missouri’s blatant attempt to unduly influence the direction of Speaker-Elect John Diehl’s listening tour through its $2.5 million donation.

While the Coalition strongly supports listening tours by elected officials, Grow Missouri’s efforts appear to bias the tour and lend themselves to the perception that one wealthy individual has undue influence on our political process.

The Coalition for Missouri’s Future looks forward to a constructive dialogue to develop comprehensive economic development and tax policy legislation that invests in education, infrastructure and other critical services for all Missourians, grows Missouri’s economy, and keeps our state competitive. However, we are disappointed that Sinquefield and his cronies would try to undermine such an important tool for democratic participation.