Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is sick of hearing about the super-scary Missouri program that sends citizens' personal information to another super-scary federal database. He's so sick of it, in fact, that he cracked just a little bit on Wednesday during a press conference.
The bogus claims about the Department of Revenue scanning documents and shipping them off to the federal government started with a guy in Stoddard County, who's trying to get a conceal carry license, and have built to a statewide fear-mongering advertising campaign.
After the resident saw his documents get scanned, he filed a lawsuit against the state. Here's where it gets a little complicated. Missouri legislators passed a law (that Nixon signed in 2009) which barred the state from complying with a 2005 federal law called the REAL ID Act.
Nixon said Wednesday that the state was following its own 2009 law and not helping the federal government build a database of personal information.
"This Department of Revenue and this state of Missouri is not collecting a bunch of unuseful data to send to some sort of magical database someplace to mess with people - it's not happening, OK? They're just not doing it. I mean, you know that and I know that," he said according to KCUR 89.3.
The judge in the lawsuit refused last week to put an injunction on the Department of Revenue's information sharing because he found no evidence that the state was sending it to the federal government. Instead, he ruled, the suit was based on hearsay.
But that doesn't mean the faux controversy is going away. A conservative group called United for Missouri put a TV and radio ad together. The Star says United for Missouri has bought $400,000 worth of airtime to falsely warn people that the Department of Revenue is "collecting personal information on gun owners and sending it to the Obama administration."
Jay Nixon might have the worst job in Missouri.