The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

November 25, 2012

Susan Redden: Unsuccessful secretary of state bid attracted local backing

By Susan Redden
Globe Staff Writer

JOPLIN, Mo. — When it comes to campaign contributions made just before the Nov. 6 election, most of the action in the Joplin area was, not surprisingly, in the Republican camp.

But beyond that, most of the money that came from the region and was cited in the reporting period just before the vote was in a down-ballot race and to a candidate up Interstate 44.

Shane Schoeller, a state representative from Willard and the Republican candidate for secretary of state, racked up by far the most Joplin area contributions in the reporting period ending Oct. 29.

Some of the contributions came from local lawmakers who serve with Schoeller in the Missouri Legislature. Legislators giving money to Schoeller, from their campaign funds, included Sen. Ron Richard, Joplin, $2,500; Rep. Bill White, Joplin, $200; and Rep. Don Ruzicka, Mount Vernon, $250.

Schoeller, who worked for former Gov. Matt Blunt when he was secretary of state, also received $10,000 from Missourians for Matt Blunt, according to reports filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission.

Other local contributors reported were Dan Stanley, Joplin, $125; Nelson Schwartz, Neosho, $400; Dumm-Stevenson law offices, Joplin, $500; Empire District Electric Co., Joplin, $1,000; Eugene Spears, Granby, $50; Rudolph Farber, Neosho, $7,000; John Branham, Stella, $1,000; Alan Snow, Carthage, $1,000; John Cragin, Joplin, $75; John Hale, Joplin, $50; Don Lucietta, Lamar, $100; Henry Robertson, Joplin, $250; Alan Shirley, Joplin, $100; Janice Steele, Joplin, $100; Debbie Thompson, Joplin, $250; Nick Myers, Joplin, $100; Bennie Crossland, Joplin, $2,000; Larry Purdom, Purdy, $50; Cynthia Graham, Joplin, $100; John Putman, Carthage, $1,200; and Jerry Sumners, Aurora, $5,000.

Schoeller collected donations of $542,244 and spent $502,003 in the campaign. He was outspent by Jason Kander, a Democrat from Kansas City who won the race. Kander, also a state representative, received contributions totaling $1,578,913 and spent $956,616 through the end of October. Kander had several local donors, including Michael Holznecht, Stockton, $100; the 7th District Democratic Women’s Club, $50; and the Lawrence County Democratic Central Committee, $150.

In the Missouri governor’s race, incumbent Democrat Jay Nixon came out on top in campaign contributions and the final outcome, easily outpolling St. Louis businessman Dave Spence. For the campaign through late October, Nixon reported collections of nearly $15.6 million and expenditures of more than $13.6 million.

Spence collected more than $9.7 million, including more than $3 million in loans he made to his own campaign, and spent just over $8.4 million.

Joplin area contributions to Nixon were reported from Lucille Culley, Carthage, $25; Mary Lou Dove, Neosho, $35, M. Eric Farrell, Carthage, $50; Kenneth Johnson, Carthage, $50; Yung Hwang, Carthage, $500; Marilyn Wright, Mount Vernon, $50; Steve Williams, Joplin, $25; Ellis Motley, Pierce City, $25; and Cynthia Schwab, Joplin, $50.

Spence’s campaign reported donations from the region by Volks Avanti Insurance, Joplin, $200, and Scott Douglas, Carthage, $250.

Incumbent Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder got some local support in his win over Democrat Susan Montee. He also topped Montee more than 3-to-1 in campaign collections and spending. Kinder, who at one time was expected to challenge Nixon, received more than $4.5 million in campaign donations and spent nearly $2.8 million. Montee had contributions of just over $1.3 million and spent nearly $752,000.

Local contributions to Kinder reported in the last filing period before the election came from Freeman Physicians Group, Joplin, $5,000, Glenn Brown, Diamond, $1,500; and Rudolph Farber, Neosho, $10,000.

Montee’s campaign reported donations from the region by Raymond McClelland, Neosho, $100; Dorothy Roberts, Lamar, $25; and Teresa Massa, Joplin, $25.

SUSAN REDDEN is a staff writer for the Globe. She can be reached at sredden@joplinglobe.com or 417-623-3480, ext. 7258. Follow her on Twitter @Susan_Redden.