About MACR:

 
 

The MACR Mission Statement:

The Missouri Alliance for Campaign Reform is a non-profit, non-partisan policy and resource center formed to strengthen the integrity of public elections in Missouri through the promotion of alternate systems for financing campaigns for elective office.

Through research, advocacy and the implementation of creative reform ideas, MACR is dedicated to ensuring that every Missouri citizen has the opportunity for equal and meaningful participation in the political process.

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Laura Friedman, MACR's Executive Director

In addition to her work for the Missouri Alliance for Campaign Reform, Laura Friedman has extensive political experience, including campaign organization and lobbying at the local, state and national levels.  Her accomplishments include campaign work for former Congressman Alan Wheat from Missouri's fifth district, as well as congressional and campaign work for former Congresswoman Joan Kelly Horn from Missouri's second district.  In addition, Laura spent five years as Director of the Charter Schools Information Center, a nonprofit responsible for creating and developing the campaign to establish charter schools in Missouri.  Under her guidance, CSIC researched and authored the enabling legislation and actively assisted groups with start-up and development of individual schools.  In 1998, Laura was recognized by the Center for Education Reform as one of six national "Unsung Heroes" for her efforts to reform urban education.
 
 

The MACR Board of Directors:
 

 
Mary Abbott
Kansas City, MO  64111 
Mabb30@aol.com
 
 
Pat Bartholome
Kansas City, MO  64110 
patbart@hal.cosimo.net
 
Brenda Bobo-Fisher
Florissant, MO  63033 
proudinc@mindspring.com
Mary Hussmann
Columbia, MO  65203 
hussmann@tranquility.net
 
Linda McDaniel
Florissant, MO  63031 
lindamc@msn.com
Ken Midkiff
Columbia, MO  65201 
ken.midkiff@sierraclub.org
Stan Morgan
St. Louis, MO  63042
 
Alex "Sandy" Primm
Rolla, MO 65401
okra@rollanet.org
 
Leonard Robinson
St. Peters, MO  63376
 
Mike Schilling
Springfield, MO  65807 
Mikecycler@aol.com
 
Kathleen Logan Smith
St. Louis, MO  63118 
cklogan@sbcglobal.net
 
Jesse Swanigan
University City, MO  63130 
JesseSwanigan@email.msn.com
Mary Wertsch
St. Louis, MO  63130-4304 
mwertsch@earthlink.net
 
   

Board Member Biographies:

Mary Abbott
Mary Abbott is a board member and past president of the Missouri Parks Association as well as a past Vice-President of the Missouri chapter of the Nature Conservancy.  She is also a member of the Public Affairs Committee of Planned Parenthood, a member of the Women’s Political Caucus and a former member of the Board of Governors of the Truman Medical Center in Kansas City.  She is employed as a Sales Broker for Reece and Nichols Residential Real Estate in Kansas City.

Pat Bartholome
Pat Bartholome has had ten years of experience as a community organizer and campaign coordinator for both Missouri and Kansas City issue and candidate campaigns.  She spearheaded the 1993 ballot referendum that has generated over $8 million dollars in revenues for Jackson County homeless families.  Pat was the field coordinator for the 1998 Clean Money, Clean Elections ballot measure in Missouri.  She currently is the deputy director for the Housing Authority of Kansas City, Missouri.

Mary Hussman
Mary Hussman is an Organizer for GRO – Grass Roots Organizing – based in Columbia, Missouri.  She has worked for both MACR and the Missouri Voters for Fair Elections, doing educational and signature-gathering work for the clean elections Proposition B, which was on the ballot in November of 2000.  She is a former registered nurse who is interested in achieving universal health care for all citizens.

Linda McDaniel
Linda McDaniel is the Board Chairman and founding leader of the Missouri Alliance for Campaign Reform.  She is also currently the Director of the League of Women Voters of the United States.  In addition, she is Advocacy Committee Chair and was President of the League of Missouri from 1993 to 1997.  She was also Chair of Missouri First Vote and Treasurer of the Missouri Voters for Fair Elections.  She is a founding member of Confluence St. Louis, an alumnus of Greater Missouri and President of the American Statistical Association, St. Louis Chapter.

Alex Primm
A freelance writer in Rolla, Alex Primm has numerous interests, including environmental and electoral politics.  He has an M.A. in political science from St. Louis University, and has consulted with federal agencies including the U.S. Army, Forest Service and Geological Survey on oral history in the Ozarks.

Mike Schilling
Mike Schilling taught American government and politics at Ozark Technical Community College in Springfield on an adjunct basis during the 2001-2002 school year.  He served four terms as a member of the Missouri House of Representatives, from 1993 through 2000, as a legislator for the 136th district in Greene County.  Prior to that, he taught journalism at Southwest Missouri State University and worked as a reporter and editor in newspaper and television for many years.

Jesse Swanigan
Jesse Swanigan is a retired Corporate Auditor of The Boeing Company, based in St. Louis.  He is currently employed by the University of Missouri - St. Louis as an Adjunct Professor.  He is a Senior Lecturer in Finance.
 


 


 
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