Hulshof leads local campaign contributions

Wednesday, April 16, 2008 | 10:13 p.m. CDT; updated 2:24 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

COLUMBIA — U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof, R-Columbia, raised the most money from Columbia residents this election period in his bid for governor, despite opponent Jay Nixon’s lead in contributions statewide.

Hulshof received $124,380 from locals supporting his campaign, compared to Democrat Jay Nixon’s $48,519 and Republican counterpart Sarah Steelman’s $250.

In all, Columbian supporters gave $173,149 to the three gubernatorial candidates.

Lanie Black, Hulshof’s committee treasurer, who lives in the Bootheel, said local support could stem from the fact that Hulshof lives in Columbia.

Even though Nixon, the state’s attorney general, received nearly 2.5 times more contributions statewide than both Hulshof and Steelman combined this quarter, Columbia’s pocketbooks overwhelmingly supported Hulshof in this election period. The three-month period ended March 31, and the quarterly report was due April 15.

Columbia’s contributions accounted for nearly 14 percent of all of Hulshof’s receipts this period, while donations to Nixon constituted less than 4 percent of his campaign’s total for the quarter; donations to Steelman, the state treasurer, constituted less than 1 percent of her donations.

Nixon leads the candidates in overall contributions received so far for this election with more than $6.4 million raised statewide. He was followed by Steelman’s overall receipts of $1.7 million and Hulshof’s $906,683.

Both Republicans declared their candidacies in January after Gov. Matt Blunt dropped out of the race.

Blunt filed a campaign report with the Missouri Ethics Commission on Tuesday, showing that he still had more than $2 million banked in his account.

According to a press release from Steelman, the $1.4 million as yet unspent places her above the other Republican candidates for governor in the amount she still has on hand. As of April 15, Hulshof had $731,574 for his campaign.

Nixon still has $2.7 million.

The remaining three Republican gubernatorial candidates — Richard Allen Kline, Scott Long and Jen Schwartze Sievers — filed exemptions with the Missouri Ethics Commission earlier. That means their contributions and expenditures do not exceed $500.

In the race for lieutenant governor, Columbians gave Republican Peter Kinder’s committee $14,300 in support of his re-election. The only other candidate to garner financial support in Columbia was Democrat Sam Page with $1,950.

Candidates for state representative are close in terms of money on hand: Incumbent Ed Robb, R-Columbia, declared $34,559, while Democrat Chris Kelly has $37,497.

Overall, however, Kelly has raised about $54,000 this election; Robb has received $39,735.

Four active committees filed reports on behalf of candidates for the 19th District State Senate position, including one supporting a re-election bid for Chuck Graham, D-Columbia.

Christopher Dwyer filed an exemption earlier this April, while the other two candidates, Kurt Schaefer and Elizabeth Allemann, have filed no financial reports,

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