The latest documents filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission (MEC) reveal active campaign spending in the primary races for local and state offices.
For the August 2 primary election, the MEC’s filing dates for campaign finance disclosure were September 2, candidates must file 30 days after the election, which was September 2. The MEC requires candidates to disclose and classify those who donate to the campaign and the expenses.
Disclosure of campaign finance is required when individuals, groups and entities receive contributions (monetary or in-kind) and/or incur expenses (paid or incurred) to support or oppose candidates or ballot measures, according to the MEC. The law requires record keeping and reporting of these activities, even if the candidate’s money is used.
If a candidate receives more than $500 in contributions from others or spends more than $1,000 of their own money, they must form a committee and file reports with the MEC. Any candidate who does not show up can face fines and criminal prosecution.
• Incumbent Senator Justin Brown leads the spending in the District 16 race.
A Sept. 2 filing with the Ethics Commission filed by Brown’s team lists $226,155.64 in total expenses for this election, including $72,402.94 spent during this period and $153,752.70 before this period. Brown’s committee raised $175,364 this election with $24,578.30 in cash at the end of the reporting period and no debt. The largest Browns contributor this period was Rich Aubuchon Law Firm LLC, Charter Communications Inc MO PAC, SCOPE PAC, Missourians for a Responsible Budget PAC, MO Asphalt and Paving Association PAC, who each contributed $2,400. Also of note is a $1,500 donation from Missouri Amusement Machine Operators LLC and a $500 donation from MO Gaming PAC.
Brown’s largest expenses during this period included $25,000 for campaign workers, $17,250 for canvassers, $12,305 for radio ads, more than $5,000 split between two planning companies different strategies and over $4,500 for 4H Livestock donations.
• Suzie Pollock, Brown’s Opposition for District 16: A Sept. 1 ethics board filing filed by Pollock’s Friends of Suzie Pollock committee lists $68,830.02 in total expenses for this election, including $10,514.16 spent for this period and $58,315.86 before this period. Pollock’s committee raised $5,000, all of which was raised before the reporting period. Pollock ended with a total debt of $5,792.19 at the end of this reporting period. Pollock’s expenses this period were primarily various advertisements, a door-to-door application, and mailers.
• Democratic candidate Tara Anura spent a total of $1,371.08 for this election, including $696.84 for this period. Anura’s “Committee to Elect Tara Anura” raised a total of $1,844.89, of which $609.74 was raised this period. Anura ended the reporting period with $473.81 in cash and debt free.
Anura’s largest campaign contribution was $100 from the Missouri Womens Leadership Coalition PAC.
• Democrat Lisa M. McCarthy leads in spending among candidates for District 122’s seat in the Missouri House of Representatives. An Aug. 30 ethics report from his “committee to elect Lisa McCarthy” shows $5,637.93 was spent on this election, including $63.95 this time and $5,573.98 before this time. McCarthy’s committee raised $14,025.07 this election with $5,894.86 in cash at the end of the reporting period and a campaign debt of $30.72. The bulk of McCarthy’s campaign contributions this period came from individuals, with the exception of a $70 contribution from the Missouri Women’s Political Caucus.
• Tara Peters leads spending among Republicans for the District 122 seat. An Aug. 2 ethics report from her “We the People for Tara J. Peters” committee shows total spending of $9,638.74 for this election. , including $3,674.47 for this period and $5,964.27 before this period. Peters’ committee raised $9,683.76 this election with $45.02 in cash at the end of the reporting period and $6,083.76 in campaign debt. Peters’ largest campaign contribution this time was $2,000 from Missouri Realtors PAC.
• An ethics report dated August 26 for Randy K. Barr’s “Randy Barr Election Committee, State Representative” submitted a certificate of limited activity for the current period. Eight days before the election, Barr’s campaign posted total spending of $3,161.45 for that election, including $800 spent during that period and $2,361.45 before that period. Barr’s committee raised $3,399.20 this election with $237.75 in cash at the end of the reporting period and $2,490.95 in campaign debt.
• Incumbent State Representative Bennie Cook leads the spending in the District 143 race. His Bennie Cook Committee for State Representative shows $26,444.99 in total spending for this election, including $13,032, $67 this period and $13,412.32 before this period. Cook’s committee raised $29,756.95 this election with $12,703.18 in cash at the end of the reporting period and $578.41 in campaign debt. The largest contribution made to Cook’s campaign during this reporting period was $500 from the Political Action Committee for Quality Housing. Cook’s largest expense for this reporting period was $4,898.25 as an event donation to the Texas County Fair. Also of note is a $1,300 donation Cook’s campaign made to the House Republican Campaign Committee on Aug. 13.
• Philip Lohmann has ended his campaign, according to an August 5 report to the Ethics Commission. Christopher Davis has ended his campaign, according to an Aug. 22 report submitted to the Ethics Commission. Lohmann and Davis had, during the previous reporting period, each submitted a statement of limited activity without fundraising and expenditure details.
• Democrat Bernadette Holzer’s “Holzer for Missouri” has no campaign report for 30 days after the primary election posted on the Missouri Ethics Commission website. However, a July 21 ethics report submitted by Democrat Bernadette Holzer’s “Holzer for Missouri” committee shows $1,129 in total spending for that election. Holzer’s committee raised $1,338 this election with $9 in cash at the end of the reporting period and no campaign debt.
• State District 120 incumbent Rep. Ron Copeland, according to an Aug. 31 Ethics Commission filing by the Copeland Citizens for Ron Copeland team, lists Copeland’s total expenses for this election. at $59,646.95, of which $3,505.33 was spent this period and $56,141.62 was spent before this period. The Copeland committee raised $84,663. 09 with $17,128.75 on hand at the end of the reporting period and no debt.
• Republican Matthew Williams is Copeland’s only challenger. Williams’ elected committee, Matthew S. Williams, submitted a statement of limited activity without details of fundraising and expenses.
Dent County Presiding Commissioner
• According to a filing Aug. 2 by Republican challenger Craig Smith’s team “Committee to Elect Presiding Commissioner Craig Smith,” Smith’s total spending 8 days before the primary is $2,160.44 for this election. Smith raised $2,340 with $179.56 in cash at the end of the reporting period and no debt. There is no report for 30 days after the primary posted on the MEC website.
• Outgoing Commissioner-President Darrell Skiles and candidate Travis Fulton do not have committees listed on the MEC website due to limited expenses.
Dent County Circuit Clerk
• Kristi Craig, candidate for Dent County Circuit Clerk, spent a total of $5,114.08 for this election, raised $5,289.00 and had $174.92 at the end of the debt-free reporting period.
• Craig’s opposition, according to a July 25 report, Lisa Blackwell had $6,040.76 in total expenses, $12,688 in total receipts and $3,234.24 in cash at the end of the reporting period and a total debt of $5,300.