Most of Candidate Greiten’s Money from Outstate
July 21, 2015

(AP) – Out-of-state donors have provided the bulk of former Navy SEAL officer Eric Greitens’ funding so far this year in his campaign for Missouri governor.
An Associated Press analysis of 2015 itemized campaign contribution reports shows out-of-state contributors gave about 58 percent of the roughly $1.27 million Greitens has raised. That dollar total is also more than any other GOP candidate.
No other candidate has come close to bringing in as much from out of state.
Greitens says it shows national support for his work outside politics, including on a nonprofit that helps veterans and his time in the military.
Retired St. Louis University political science professor Steven Puro says the out-of-state funding could be used against him during his campaign. But Puro says Greitens still drew substantial donations from Missourians.

Hanaway & Schweich– $1 Million, or More in Campaign Accounts
January 16, 2015

(AP) — Republican Catherine Hanaway says her campaign for the 2016 Missouri governor’s race raised an additional $71,354 in the fourth quarter of 2014.

She ended the year with $1.3 million in cash according to Thursday campaign filings.

Hanaway is the only Republican candidate who’s officially declared for the state’s highest executive office.

Republican Auditor Tom Schweich has said he will announce whether he’s running for governor in the coming weeks.

Schweich’s campaign says he raised $140,000 in the fourth quarter and ended with about $1 million on hand.

Democrat Attorney General Chris Koster is also running for governor. A primary on the Democratic side is unlikely after Sen. Claire McCaskill said Monday she would not run in 2016.

Post Dispatch: Small Group Makes over Half of Missouri’s Big Campaign Contributions
March 4, 2014

ST. LOUIS (AP) – A small handful of donors account for the bulk of money raised for statewide candidates and ballot measures in Missouri.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch analyzed money raised by Missouri campaign committees from 2011 through 2013. The analysis found that more than half – about $67 million – came from donations of $5,000 or more.

In fact, donations of $10,000 or more accounted for $53 million. That means that 1.1 percent of contributions accounted for 42 percent of what the campaigns raised.

Missouri State University professor George Connor says the absence of contribution limits in Missouri exacerbates the reliance on big donors. Missouri is one of four states with no contribution cap, and it is the only state allowing unlimited donations and unlimited gifts from lobbyists to public officials

McCaskill: $1.4 4Q. About $5 Million Campaign Cash
January 26, 2012

Missouri Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill starts her 2012 re-election campaign year with 5 million in cash on hand.
McCaskill, regarded as one of the most threaten Democratic incumbents of the cycle, says her campaign raised $1.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. Reports are not in for McCaskill’s three likely GOP opponents.
But neither Sarah Steelman not Todd Akin showed dramatic fundraising skill last year.
The third candidate John Brunner has yet to file any campaign reports. He entered the race late in the year.
Many expect Brunner to use some of his personal wealth to bankroll his campaign. Sent from my iPhone

On to Florida! The Things to Remember About What Happened in South Carolina
January 22, 2012

1) Romney may not realize he’s having a near-death experience
He overlooked a few things.
Over the course of the last several days, Romney’s hurdles have been largely of his own making — thanks to his halting and muddled responses, stretched out over two debates, over whether he would release his tax returns and then over how many years’ worth he’d put out.
It’s an issue that Romney needs to resolve quickly with a simple answer, one that he sticks to repeatedly. And it’s hard to see how he now can afford to wait until April to put the returns out.
2) Newt needs to hold it together
Newt Gingrich had a knockout win in South Carolina, with a roughly 12-point victory. He cleared 40 percent, which was, in a word, huge, and won with basically every demographic group.
But it remains to be seen whether Gingrich can keep the often-described “Bad Newt” in check long enough to drive a message, and whether he can use his momentum to make a play for more money, a strong organization and a focused effort in Florida, a state that favors Mitt Romney but is not a lock for him.
3) Paging Sheldon Adelson
The major question for Gingrich right now, aside from his own ability to hold things together, is whether he can compete in resources. The easy answer is that he can’t — unless his friend, casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, plays deus ex machina for a second time.
Adelson’s $5 million infusion of cash to Gingrich’s super PAC allowed the fourth-place finisher in Iowa and the fifth place finisher in New Hampshire to remain competitive in South Carolina. The money to Winning Our Future was spent on ads cut from a movie deriding Romney’s company, Bain Capital.
Adelson is mercurial and hard to predict.
4) Rick Santorum has nothing to lose by going forward
Santorum is already facing calls from some conservatives to drop out of the race, after a third place showing just ahead of Ron Paul.
But realistically, there is little reason for him to heed it — at least, anytime soon.
Santorum had a strong debate on Thursday night, a reminder that he has real strengths as a candidate.
5) Mitch Daniels isn’t doing Romney any favors
The Indiana governor is still seen as The One That Got Away for many Republican and conservative pundits and elites, after his decision to forgo a 2012 campaign.
But Daniels is the one who will give the Republican Party’s response to President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday — a platform often used by people to launch themselves nationally.
6) Nikki Haley suffered a big loss
The South Carolina governor was an early and active endorser of Romney. But Haley has seen her own numbers in the state take a dive and, in the end, she did little for the Romney cause.
7) Rick Perry’s backing mattered
Yes, Gingrich’s margin of victory was far bigger than what Perry was pulling in the polls.
But Perry’s decision to drop out of the race and endorse him gave Gingrich a momentum boost and the imprimatur of the person to galvanize conservatives. And it helped drown out media noise surrounding his second wife Marianne’s interview with ABC News.
8) Gingrich fared surprisingly well with women
Despite the Marianne Gingrich interview and a history of polling poorly with women throughout his career, the exit polls revealed that the former House Speaker actually did not fare badly with women.
Gingrich was supported by 36 percent of female voters, compared to 30 percent for Romney, 19 percent for Santorum and 13 percent for Ron Paul.
9) Romney is about to get all sorts of unsolicited public advice
Romney has a long list of surrogates, many of whom have elections of their own to run in in the future — and who don’t want to be on record damaging their own brands by endorsing the way he’s handled the issue of his tax returns.
They will all be asked about his huge loss in South Carolina, and they are likely to be honest about their thoughts on what he needs to do going forward.