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:
Kansas City, MO 64111
Kansas City, MO 64110
Florissant, MO 63033
Columbia, MO 65203
Florissant, MO 63031
Columbia, MO 65201
St. Louis, MO 63042
|Alex "Sandy" Primm
Rolla, MO 65401
St. Peters, MO 63376
Springfield, MO 65807
|Kathleen Logan Smith
St. Louis, MO 63118
University City, MO 63130
St. Louis, MO 63130-4304
Board Member Biographies:
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 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 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 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.
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 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 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.