By Susan Redden
The campaign war chest for Gov. Jay Nixon blows away those of all challengers from all parties, according to quarterly financial reports filed last week with the Missouri Ethics Commission.
The re-election campaign for the Democratic governor reported contributions of nearly $9.9 million thus far, more than three times the proceeds for Dave Spence, who is leading fundraising among Republican candidates for governor. The report for Spence, of St. Louis, listed campaign proceeds of $3.2 million, including a $250,000 loan.
Republican Bill Randles, of Kansas City, reported contributions to date of nearly $108,000, including loans of more than $36,000.
Exemptions on reporting were filed by William B. Campbell, a Democrat, of California, Mo., and Republican John D. Weiler, of Pevely, meaning their campaigns did not have collections or expenditures exceeding $500.
Contributions from Joplin area residents during the first quarter of the year were reported by Nixon’s and Spence’s campaigns.
Making contributions of $50 or more to Nixon’s campaign were: Shelly D. Hunter, Mercy Health chief financial officer, Joplin, $1,000; Edison Kaderly, retired, Lamar, $100; Robert Copeland, chief executive, Mercy McCune-Brooks Hospital, Carthage, $250; Martha S. Miller, retired, Webb City, $150; Joseph R. Anderson, retired, Diamond, $100; Anita K. Oakes, attorney, Joplin, $200; Gary Pulsipher, Mercy Hospital Joplin president, Joplin, $1,000; Roger Johnson, attorney, Joplin, $1,000; Reina Probert, attorney, Jasper, $100; Wildwood Ranch, Joplin, $1,000; William L. Luke, retired, Neosho, $50; Mary Lou Dove, retired, Neosho, $50; Cynthia Schwab, Joplin, $100; and G.A. Purves Construction, Cassville, $250.
The Spence campaign reported two contributions from Joplin — from the committee to elect Sen. Ron Richard, $10,000, and from Harry Cornell Jr., $10,000.
In the extremely crowded race for lieutenant governor, incumbent Peter Kinder and challenger Brad Lager, both Republicans, are leading the fundraising field.
Kinder, of Cape Girardeau, reported campaign contributions of nearly $3.8 million, while Lager reported about $1.1 million in donations. Lager, a state senator from Savannah, cited more contributions for the quarter, at more than $330,000, compared with $220,000 for Kinder.
Quarterly contributions to Kinder included $2,500 from Rudolph Farber, president of Community Bank & Trust of Neosho. Lager’s campaign cited contributions of $100,000 each from Ethelmae Humphreys, of Joplin, and Sarah Atkins, of Arlington, Va., both associated with Joplin-based TAMKO Building Products. W. Jay Mitchell, with Seneca Telephone, Seneca, contributed $1,500.
Among candidates for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor who filed reports with the Ethics Commission, Susan Montee, former state treasurer, was the top fundraiser with $222,000 in contributions thus far.
The campaign for Judy Baker, of Columbia, reported proceeds of $101,000, including a $10,000 loan. Other totals among Democrats included Fred Kratky, St. Louis, $48,000; Becky Lee Plattner, Grand Pass, $35,000, including loans of $25,000; and Sara Lampe, Springfield, $25,000.
Montee’s campaign reported Joplin area contributions from Robert Nichols, engineer, Webb City, $500; Darrell Dove, retired, Neosho, $50; David Dove, retired, Neosho, $50; and Tobias Teeter, attorney, Carl Junction, $100.
Lampe’s campaign reported contributions from Joplin residents Alison Hershewe, $1,000, and Ty Gaither, $250. Both are attorneys.
Cynthia Davis, of O’Fallon, a candidate for lieutenant governor on the Constitution Party ballot, reported contributions of $13,000.
SUSAN REDDEN is a staff writer for the Globe. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 417-623-3480, ext. 7258.