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Five-term incumbent U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth, holds a wide lead in fundraising for Missouri's 3rd Congressional District seat.

Federal Election Commission reports for the third quarter of 2018 show Luetkemeyer raised $367,954 during the third quarter. St. Louis Democrat Katy Geppert raised $8,940.37, according to the reports. Libertarian Donald Stolle did not report any campaign contributions during the quarter.

During the 2017-18 election cycle, Luetkemeyer has outraised Geppert by more than $2 million — $2.23 million to Geppert's $20,227.56, according to FEC records.

Under FEC rules, political action committees may contribute $5,000 per election to candidate committees. Individuals may contribute up to $2,700 per election to candidate committees.

PACs for financial services firm American Express, The American Soybean Association and the Missouri Farm Bureau were among the 15 firms that gave $5,000 to Luetkemeyer's campaign during the third quarter.

Among individuals who contributed $2,700 to Luetkemeyer's campaign during the quarter were: Edward Jones Investments Managing Partner James Weddle; David Johnson, a partner at Strategic Link Consulting in Atlanta; and Scott Buerge, president of Metz Banking Company in Nevada, Missouri.

Geppert received her largest donation — $1,000 — from the Linn County Democrat Club, FEC records show. The Franklin County Democratic Central Committee also made two $500 donations to Geppert's campaign.

Retired individual Bryan Coats of High Ridge, Missouri, contributed $252 to Geppert's campaign during the quarter, FEC records show. Barbara Merrell, an unemployed individual from Boulder, Colorado, also contributed $500 to Geppert's campaign.

Luetkemeyer's campaign spent $$140,072.95 during the quarter, according to FEC records. Geppert's campaign spent $10,328.75 during the quarter.

Luetkemeyer's campaign had $2.7 million on hand Sept. 30, and Geppert's had $7,482.26, according to the quarterly reports.

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