Spence Has No KC Contributors Listed on 2Q Report

Missouri Republican gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence’s second quarter financial reports shows he did not get a single contribution from anyone with a Kansas City, Missouri address. Zero.
Spence lists nearly 40 pages of contributors.
According to a report filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission (MEC), he received two contributions totalling $26,000 from a Leawood man and woman.
The MEC report shows on June 30, a woman identified in the report as Carol McLerran donated $25,000. She is listed as an Alpha Packing executive. That is the name of Spence’s company. A man, identified in the report as Stan McLerran, donated $1,000.
According to the report, Spence loaned his campaign $500,000 on the same day.
Spence also received $2,000 from former Clay County Commissioner Craig Porter, who lists a Kearney, Missouri address.
The Straub Construction firm of Shawnee, Ks. contributed $500.
Jared Craighead of the Spence campaign says some Kansas Citians did contribute. They are not listed because they gave less than $100 each.
“We value our low dollar donors,” said Craighead, “and some of them are from Kansas City.”
The Missouri Democratic party ripped Spence’s report.
“It’s not surprising that a guy who voted against repaying his bank’s $40 million bailout to taxpayers would have a hard time gaining traction in Kansas City,” Isaac Wright of the Missouri Democratic Party said in a statement to 20 Pounds of Headlines. “Dave Spence got an insider loan for a million dollar vacation home, while taxpayers got a $40 million tab
Spence’s report shows most of his contributions came from the St. Louis area. Very few are from the western half of Missouri.
The second quarter report shows Spence spent one night in the area, May 2 at the Hilton Garden in Kansas City, Kansas.
Overall, the report says Spence raised $500,060 in contributions during the reporting period. The campaign spent $1.5 million in the second quarter with $1.1 million cash on hand.
The campaign of incumbent Governor Jay Nixon says it raised more than $2 million in the same period and has $7.6 million in cash on hand for the final half of the gubernatorial campaign.

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