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Kehoe campaign committee collecting for "statewide' race

January 19, 2015 at 3:10 a.m. | Updated January 19, 2015 at 3:10 a.m.

Add second-term state Sen. Mike Kehoe's name to the list of Mid-Missouri lawmakers considering a future statewide race.

Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, last month changed the purpose of his campaign committee so it can collect money for a "statewide" office in 2020.

"I chose 2020 not because I have definitive plans to pursue any particular statewide office," Kehoe said in an email, "but rather to keep options open for a potential run."

State Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, already is raising money to run for attorney general in 2016.

Term limits prohibit both men from seeking re-election to their Senate seats.

Schaefer's second term ends at the end of 2016, and Kehoe - who just was re-elected in November - must leave the Senate at the end of 2018.

The only statewide office available in 2018 would be state auditor.

But the field in 2020 includes governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state and state treasurer.

The attorney general's office also is up for election that year, but Kehoe can't run for it because he's not an attorney.

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt's seat is up for re-election in 2016, and Claire McCaskill's seat is on the 2018 ballot - so neither U.S. Senate seat is on the 2020 ballot.

Under Missouri's current laws, the change allows the Citizens to Elect Mike Kehoe committee to keep raising and spending money on Kehoe's behalf, and to make donations to other candidates' campaigns as well.

Last Thursday was the due date for the most recent campaign finance reports, covering the last quarter of 2014 for contributions and expenses not reported previously.

• Kehoe reported starting the period with $92,416.65 cash on-hand.

He raised $5,500, with the largest contribution - $2,500 - coming from the Mednax Inc. federal political action committee of Sunrise, Florida, on Dec. 31. He also received $1,500 from the Empire District Electric Co., Joplin, and $1,000 from the Missouri American Water Co. employees PAC.

Kehoe reported spending $5,952.93, with the largest payments going to Capitol Consulting LLC of Jefferson City for fundraising ($1,945) and to Lutz's Famous BBQ, 3505 Missouri Blvd., for "event expense" ($2,101.99).

He ended 2014 with $91,963.72 cash on-hand.

No January quarterly reports were available by Sunday afternoon for state Sens. Jeanie Riddle, R-Mokane; Dan Brown, R-Rolla; or Schaefer.

All nine Mid-Missouri state representatives changed their committees' missions to House election campaigns in 2016.

• State Rep. Caleb Jones, R-Columbia (although his campaign committee still is based in California), began 2015 with the largest bank account among the seven Mid-Missouri lawmakers who filed reports - $157,607.37.

Jones raised $20,250, including a $5,000 donation Dec. 19 from the Lewis and Clark Leadership Forum, St. Charles; two $2,500 contributions from Pyramid Home Health Services, Cape Girardeau, and the Missouri Health Care Association PAC, 236 Metro Drive; two $2,000 donations and four $1,000 checks.

He spent $3,439.70, including $2,400 to Campaign Concepts LLC, Perryville, for consulting work.

• Rep. Jay Barnes' report showed $46,461.99 cash on-hand at the beginning of the year.

He received $6,250 - including a $5,000 donation Dec. 9 from the Citizens for Torpey Committee.

Rep. Noel Torpey, R-Independence, was re-elected in November, then resigned last month to become director of the Fair Energy Rate Action Fund, a consumer group that challenges and, often, questions utility rate proposals - especially involving Ameren Missouri, the state's largest regulated utility.

So his committee was emptying its account by paying off his bills and donating to other committees.

Barnes, R-Jefferson City, reported spending $2,275 in December, with the largest payment - $1,525 - going to Capital Consultants, 711 Oak Creek Court, for "issue research."

He started 2015 with $50,436.99 on hand.

• Rep. Mike Bernskoetter, R-Jefferson City, reported getting $300 in donations, from the Missouri American Water Employees PAC.

He had $1,238.95 in expenses, for advertising ($295), postage ($313.60) and public relations ($630.35).

He began 2015 with $50,790.72.

• Freshman Travis Fitzwater, R-Holts Summit, received $1,686.94 in December, with a $500 donation from the Credit Union Political Action Committee, Jefferson City, as the largest contribution of the five he reported. He spent $780.62, with the largest expense a $247.87 check to Facebook, Menlo, California, for "social media advertising."

Fitzwater began 2015 with $3,394.42 on hand.

• Rep. Tom Hurst, R-St. Thomas, raised $1,100; spent $1,714.27; and began 2015 with $15,129.02.

• Rep. Rocky Miller, R-Lake Ozark, filed a Jan. 15 report, but it wasn't available from the Ethic Commission's website,

• Rep. David Wood, R-Versailles, raised $350; spent $625; has $9,000 in outstanding debt; and began 2015 with $5,773 on hand.

No reports had been filed through Sunday afternoon by Reps. Tom Hurst, R-St. Thomas; Justin Alferman, R-Hermann; or Diane Franklin, R-Camdenton.


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