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Mid-Missouri candidates in 3 races raise more than $400,000

Mid-Missouri candidates in 3 races raise more than $400,000

August 1st, 2018 by Bob Watson in Local News

With less than a week to go before Missouri's Aug. 7 primary elections, Mid-Missouri candidates in one state Senate race and two House contests have raised $407,098.88, and spent more than half of that — $232,315.98.

Based on the campaign finance reports due to the Missouri Ethics Commission eight days before the election, state Rep. Mike Bernskoetter, R-Jefferson City, who is running for the 6th District state Senate seat formerly held by now-Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe, raised the most money since his campaign began — nearly $164,000.

Jefferson City lawyer Rudy Veit, one of six candidates seeking to replace Bernskoetter as the 59th House District state representative, is a distant second, with more than $57,000 raised over the last year.

And Dave Griffith, one of five candidates seeking to succeed term-limited Jay Barnes in the 60th House District, raised the third-most money, at nearly $55,000.

Here's a break-down of all the candidates' fundraising and spending, by race:

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6th District state Senate

The district covers seven Mid-Missouri counties: Cole, Moniteau, Morgan, Miller, Maries, Osage and Gasconade.

Mike Bernskoetter, R-Jefferson City, has no primary election opponent and will be on the Nov. 6 general election ballot.

He's raised $163,976, including $20,400 received since July 1.

His biggest contributors include Grow Missouri, the Missouri Insurance PAC and the Comcast & NBC Universal PAC, all at $2,600 each for the campaign; the AGC of MO PAC and Cheyenne International of North Carolina, $1,500 each for the campaign; and the Missouri Soybean Association and Union Pacific PACs, $1,000 each.

Bernskoetter spent a total of $80,066.47 during the election campaign, including $9,297.46 on yard signs and $5,505 on consulting fees during July.

He has $169,176.66 on hand as of July 30.

Libertarian Steven Wilson, of Jefferson City, has no primary election opponent and will be on the Nov. 6 general election ballot.

He filed an exemption with the Ethics Commission, promising not to raise or spend more than $500 for the entire campaign.

Three Democrats seek the party's nomination next week for the right to run in November.

Bryan Struebig, of Eldon, raised $4,597 total and spent $1,949.02.

He had $1,075.98 on hand Monday.

Nicole Thompson, of Jefferson City, has raised $3,009.50 and spent $1,319.95.

She had $189.05 on hand July 30.

Mollie Freebairn, of Jefferson City, unsuccessfully ran against Kehoe four years ago.

For this election, she's raised $784.67 — including $232 from herself during July — and spent $1,431.95. She reported having $13.93 on hand.

59th state House District

The district includes a portion of eastern Jefferson City, most of rural Cole County and a portion of northern Miller County.

Linda Greeson, D-Eldon, has no primary election opponent and will be on the Nov. 6 general election ballot.

She reportedly raising $3,860 and spending $1,176.62 total during the campaign.

She had $2,683.38 on hand.

Five Republicans seek the nomination next week to face her.

Rudy Veit, of Wardsville, has raised the most money in the race — $57,058.90 — since starting his campaign last year.

His major contributors include four political action committees who donated $500 each during July: the Missouri Medical PAC, Better Schools for Missouri, MHA PAC for Health and the AGC of MO PAC.

Veit has spent $41,394.32, including $8,794 for advertising just in July.

He had $5,638.68 on hand at the end of the month.

Karen Leydens, of Jefferson City, has raised $35,979 and spent $33,829.55 during the total campaign.

In July, her biggest contribution was $7,000 in loans from herself.

Leydens' expenses in July included $2,641.49 for advertising signs and $4,190 for advertising.

She had $1,114.45 on hand Monday.

Rik Combs, of Lohman, has raised $12,683.69, including a $500 donation from the Missouri Club for Growth PAC in July.

He's spent $11,923.73 during the whole campaign, including $4,458.18 in July for printing, signs and postage.

Combs ended July with 62 cents on hand.

Kendra Lane, of Jefferson City, had not filed the latest report, which was due Monday, by Tuesday evening.

Her July 15 report, covering the period from April 1-June 30, showed she had raised $1,350 and spent $273.25.

Randy Dinwiddie, of Olean, also filed an exemption with the Ethics Commission, promising not to raise or spend more than $500 for the entire campaign.

60th state House District

The district includes most of Jefferson City — and all five candidates are from Jefferson City.

Three Republicans and two Democrats filed to succeed Barnes, so the winners of both primaries next week will face each other in the general election.

Among the Republicans:

Dave Griffith has raised $54,950 and has spent $13,316.65.

His biggest contributors have included three political action committees at $2,600 each — the Missouri Republican Leadership PAC, the Six PAC and the Missouri Chamber PAC — Mike Kampeter and Tony Feather, at $2,000 each; and Joe Scheppers and John Kehoe for $1,500 each.

Griffith's expenses included $650 for advertising in July.

He had $41,633.35 on hand at the end of July.

Pat Rowe Kerr lent herself a total of $65,000 during July, raising her total campaign receipts to $96,370.54. She spent a total of $95,221.87, including $61,114.52 for advertising expenses.

In addition to her loans, Kerr received a dozen donations during July, ranging from $25 to a $300 contribution from the Missouri Corrections Officers Association.

She reported having $948.67 money on hand July 30.

Jane Beetem has raised $16,266.34 and spent $8,371.99 during the campaign.

In July, her largest contributions were from Jo Storey, $1,400, and Ed Storey, $600.

Advertising was her biggest expense in July — $713 — and she had $8,093.15 on hand at the end of July.

Among the Democrats:

Sara Michael raised $16,701.49 and spent $14,210.41 during the campaign.

In July, she listed 11 contributions of $250 or less.

She spent $2,316.67 for advertising last month, and had $2,690.23 on hand.

Kevin Nelson ran against Barnes two years ago.

This campaign, he's raised $5,966.75 total and spent $3,004.63, including $550 for advertising in July.

Nelson had $1,843.12 on hand at the end of July.


This article was edited Aug. 1, 2018, to correct campaign finance information for Pat Rowe Kerr, whose amended July 15 quarterly campaign finance originally was mistakenly used instead of the eight-days-before-election report used for all other candidates.