Missouri Senate Race was one of the Most Expensive for Candidates
November 9, 2012

Missouri’s rough and tumble US Senate race was one of the most expensive in the country in 2012.
The Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) says the candidates who ran for the senate this year spent almost $33 million dollars on the campaign ($32,912,609). That includes candidate spending in the Missouri Republican primary. Businessman John Brunner spent 8 million of his own money in a losing cause. The CRP totals do not include outside spending which is estimated to have been another $10-12 million dollars.
The most expensive Senate campaign for candidates, according to CRP, was in Massachusetts. Democrat Elizabeth Warren defeated incumbent Scott Brown. Together, they spent more than $70 million dollars.
The Virginia Senate race, won by Kansas City native, Democrat Tim Kaine, was another very expensive campaign in 2012.
Kaine defeated Republican George Allen in another tough fight that drew national attention. The total spending in that race, including outside groups, Candidates in Virginia, and outside groups, according to CRP went over the $82.4 million dollar mark, making it the most expensive US Senate race in the nation.
. More than half of that was from third party groups trying to influence the race.


After Complaining About Outside Money,McCaskill Now Benefits from It Down the Stretch
October 11, 2012

The Center for Responsive Politics latest news letter profiles the tough Missouri US Senate race.
Most of what is in the report has already been stated before. It does not, however, include the latest battle over McCaskill’s husband’s finances and government money.
McCaskill in the first seven months of the year, complained about being hit hard by 3rd party groups spending money in the race. She had a point. Both Crossroads GPS and the US Chamber of Commerce spent heavily in Missouri.
That’s changed after Akin’s “legitimate rape” remark.
Here’s part of the CRP profile on the Missouri senate race.
“Akin’s remarks aside, McCaskill has every advantage in fundraising and outside spending. Compared to Akin’s $2.2 million raised and spent this election season, McCaskill has jumped far ahead, raising $12.5 million and spending $9.2 million of it as of June 30, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics.

The Show Me State isn’t solely responsible for the fundraising gap. McCaskill received 57 percent of her campaign dollars from out-of-state donors. Her top donors include residents of New York, Texas and California.

In terms of outside spending, liberal Majority PAC leads the way — spending almost $2 million on the Senate race — while the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is a distant second, spending $930,000.

Particularly after Akin’s comment that “legitimate rape” rarely leads to pregnancy, McCaskill has been on the offensive, as seen in the candidates’ first debate on Sept. 21. She hit the ground running, calling her opponent’s views “extreme” and “far out on the fringe” compared to what she described as her moderate views.

Not surprisingly, her attacks brought complaints from Akin when he told The Kansas City Star that he believes she feels threatened: “[S]he had a confidence and was much more ladylike (in 2006), but in the debate on Friday she came out swinging.”

But Akin is on a mission to unseat his Democratic opponent. Although he has been forced to spend much of his time removing his foot from his mouth, he’s called attention to her voting record, which he argues is contrary to Missouri’s best interests.

The six-term congressman had received 81 percent of his funding from Missourians through the first half of 2012, with his most productive metropolitan area being St. Louis — where his congressional district lies. He also received 15 percent of his funding from PACs — compared to McCaskill’s 20 percent — with most of his support flowing from business and ideological groups, according to the Center for Responsive Politics’ research.”

The ‘Rich’ List of Missouri Members of Congress
December 29, 2011

From the St. Louis Riverfront Times via johncombest.com:

The Center for Responsive Politics recently released its report on the nation’s wealthiest U.S. representatives and senators.

No one from Missouri makes its Top 10 list, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have some worthy contenders. Turns out we actually have some of the richest — and poorest — politicians in Washington, based on the financial disclosures the elected officials file each year.

Here, then, is the average net worth* of Missouri’s congressional delegation based on those disclosures:

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D): $26.5 million
Sen. Roy Blunt (R): $3.7 million

William Lacy Clay (D – Dist. 1): $32,000
Todd Akin (R – Dist. 2): $160,000
Russ Carnahan (D – Dist. 3): $328,000
Vicky Hartzler (R – Dist. 4): $8.9 million
Emanuel Cleaver (D – Dist. 5): $891,500
Sam Graves (R – Dist. 6): $1.1 million
Billy Long (R – Dist. 7): $2.4 million
Jo Ann Emerson (R – Dist. 8): $490,500
Blaine Luetkemeyer (R – Dist. 9): $3.4 million

Total them up and they add up to $47.9 million, of which McCaskill’s fortunes (courtesy of her developer husband, Joseph Shepard) account for over half. Hartzler, the second-weatlhiest Missouri politician in D.C., owns a farm equipment business with her husband, Lowell.

Lacy Clay is the poorest of the group. In fact, he’s one of the least-wealthy people in all of Congress, ranking as the 395th richest member of the 435-person House of Representatives.