Wednesday, October 18, 2006

MO Stem-Cell Update: Follow the Money

It looks like Big Stem-Cell is at it again...

Missouri Stem Cell Research Company Buying State Cloning Initiative
Jefferson City, MO (

New campaign finance reports in Missouri show that pro-life advocates have alleged all along -- an embryonic stem cell research company is spending tens of millions of dollars in an effort to buy public support for a statewide initiative that would have the state backing human cloning. The Stowers Institute in Kansas City has raised and spent almost $28.75 million dollars according to new state campaign finance reports. That dwarfs the approximately $1.5 million pro-life advocates have spent attempting to defeat the cloning proposal. Just 500 people have contributed any money to the Coalition for Lifesaving Cures, the Stowers-financed organization that backs Amendment 2. As a result, about 97 percent of the group's funding has come from just two people -- Jim and Virginia Stowers, founders of the Stowers Institute, which stands to gain financially if the measure is approved. They are the founders of American Century mutual funds. Jaci Winship, of the group Missourians Against Human Cloning, told the St. Louis Post Dispatch newspaper that the Stowers have made a mockery of the state's political process and she worries their money will drown out the public debate over human cloning and embryonic stem cell research. "It's not a broad-based citizens' initiative," she said.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

This just goes to show it definately wasn't supported by a majority of Missourians

Saturday, November 25, 2006 12:19:00 PM  

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