Kansas City Southern is for Matt Blunt
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Kansas City Southern is for Matt Blunt

Date: February 12, 2007
By: Fanna Haile-Selassie
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: The Governor is in Mexico promoting Smartport, a transportation company linking Kansas City and Mexico, that has monetary ties to his election campaign.  Fanna Haile-Selassie has more from the Capitol.

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The Kansas City Southern Railway Company is one of the major transportation companies involved in Smartport, an organization that would link Kansas City to Mexico for goods shipment.

Kansas City Southern started investing thousands of dollars into Blunt's election Campaign Missourians for Matt Blunt since 2003.

In a telephone News Conference from Mexico, Blunt praised the Kansas City Company and Mexico's Lazaro Cardenas.

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Description: Through Lazaro Cardenas and the Kansas City rail system, that is a important Missouri employer, so we want the Southern to be successful and do well.


Another interesting fact is that Warren Erdman, the UM systems new curator, was the contributor for the company.

From the state Capitol, I'm Fanna Haile-Selassie
Intro: Governor Matt Blunt held a news conference from Mexico Monday, promoting a transportation company linking Kansas City and Mexico. Fanna Haile-Selassie tells us how a major rail line company involved with the proposal has contributed thousands of dollars in the Governor's election campaign. RunTime:
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New UM systems curator Warren Erdman was the contributor for the Kansas City Southern Railway Company when it began investing thousands of dollars into Missouri's Governor's election campaign.

Now Kansas City Southern is a major transportation company involved with Blunt's Smartport proposal.

Smartport is trying to connect Kansas City to Mexico to export Missouri goods.

Matt Blunt spoke from Mexico at a new conference that he want to show Mexico's president...

Actuality:  MEBLUNT2.WAV
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Description: How hopeful we are that this project will come to fruition.

Missouri is currently waiting on a formal declaration by the Mexican government that will approve the project.

From the state Capitol, I'm Fanna Haile-Selassie