Carnahan outraises Blunt in Missouri Senate race

Wednesday, April 15, 2009 | 5:07 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Democratic Secretary of State Robin Carnahan has nearly doubled the fundraising of Republican Rep. Roy Blunt in the early stages of Missouri's 2010 Senate race.

Finance summaries released Wednesday show Carnahan raised more than $1 million from her candidacy announcement on Feb. 3 through March 31.

Blunt received about $542,000 in contributions during the first quarter of 2009, saying that most came after he declared his Senate candidacy on Feb. 18.

Carnahan and Blunt are the only declared candidates to succeed Republican U.S. Sen. Kit Bond, who announced in January that he would not seek a fifth term. But former Republican State Treasurer Sarah Steelman, also is considering a Senate bid.

Under federal campaign finance rules, Blunt is able to use money from his House campaign committee for his Senate race. He reported a total of $674,000 on hand as of March 31.

But Carnahan was not able to transfer money from her secretary of state committee to her federal campaign. She had nearly $928,000 on hand at the end of March.

"Election Day is still many months away and we're sure to go through plenty of ups and downs between now and then," Carnahan wrote in an e-mail sent Wednesday to supporters. "But we couldn't be off to a better start."

Carnahan had been considering a Senate run even before Bond declared he would not run again.

Blunt said in an interview Tuesday that he expects the Senate race to cost between $18 million and $20 million. In his first six weeks as a candidate, Blunt said he focused on attending as many local campaign events as possible. He cited appearances in about 20 counties.

"We're going to raise the money it takes. I'm not particularly concerned about what order that happens in," Blunt said.

Missouri's Senate race is expected to be one of the most hotly contested nationally as Democrats try to gain a 60-seat majority needed to halt potential Republican filibusters and enact the agenda of Democratic President Barack Obama. That means national Democratic and Republican committees are likely to supplement whatever is spent by the candidates.

Candidates who raise a lot of money early can often attract even more money, because hesitant donors want some sign of a candidate's strength before joining the bandwagon, said political scientist David Kimball, of the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

In that sense, Carnahan's early fundraising lead could create a further advantage. But Kimball noted that Blunt is a former House Republican whip who traveled the country raising money for other congressional candidates.

"He must have access to a pretty big donor list, so even though he's behind a bit now, I wouldn't really worry much about his fundraising ability," Kimball said.

Some Republicans may also be delaying contribution decisions to see whether Steelman gets into the Senate race, Kimball said.


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Mark Memoly May 4, 2009 | 9:41 p.m.

Hello, my name is Mark Memoly and I am a candidate for the US Senate from Missouri in 2010.

I would like to offer the following solutions to the issues we're confronting:

Healthcare Reform

Require all corporations/organizations to set aside a certain percentage of their revenue and provide healthcare for all citizens. In other words, an entity would have to set aside an exact percentage of its revenue in a given year for healthcare. The money would be paid into a special fund regardless if they went over/under that percentage. As a result, companies could plan and account for healthcare expenses rather than play a guessing game that they are doing right now. The corporate tax percentage currently being incurred by a company would then be reduced by that exact percentage. Therefore, there would not be any negative impact to any company if this plan were adopted.

By establishing this type of plan, corporations would discriminate less of people aged 50 and older.

National ID Card

In order to offer such a plan, every citizen in the US would have to be issued a National ID Card. When you enroll in a college or join a company you are currently required to have an I.D. card. On each card, the citizen’s picture and fingerprint would appear. Not only would this system help government in planning and managing our resources, but it is necessary for actuarial purposes so that we know exactly what to do with Social Security, Medicare, and immigration. Furthermore, it will also make it easier for our government to reduce crime and manage our borders (20% of prison inmates are illegal aliens).

Capping Corporate CEO Pay

The SEC and all of our major corporations have to establish a set of guidelines for Company Executive Pay. Today, CEOs are being overly compensated and in too many cases are compensated by keeping their corporate payroll to a minimum. As a result, people in many instances are being laid off not because of their productivity, but because of poor Senior Management Decisions and potential health care liability.

School Choice

School Choice would be made available to everyone. Children of a certain age would be issued a voucher that would allow them to attend a school of their choice (Including Home-Schooling). By having a National ID card in place (Mentioned Above), we will know how many students have to be educated. We could then establish criteria of what has to be learned – and at what age.

Energy Independence

We should make massive investments in all energy sources available today, such as Nuclear, Wind, Clean-Coal, and fuel - that is not derived from oil. I am opposed to “Cap-&-Trade”, because I believe that it is simply a tax.

Also, to make sure gas is more affordable today, I would impose restrictions on the trading of oil futures and only allow fuel stations to change their prices once a week (Like NJ).

Please lend me your support.

Thank you!

Mark Memoly
Kansas City

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Matt Y May 4, 2009 | 9:54 p.m.

Your slogan should be "Holy Memoly!"

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Ellis Smith May 5, 2009 | 7:49 a.m.

Mark, your stance on school choice, if vigorously pursued, would almost certainly close the doors of many existing public schools. Whether that's a bad thing or a good thing can definitely be debated. Some of us think there are more than a few doors that need to be closed.

National identity cards have existed for years in several democratic European countries, where there's no opposition to them. This is an old concept. Thus far the idea of cards has been resisted here, and by a surprisingly diverse mix of Americans. Lots of luck.

So, those awful corporations must not only provide for their employees - which they should - they must now provide for ALL Americans, even those who won't get off their backsides and work or perform some useful service to their communities.

Good luck, Mark. There's absolutely no way I'd vote for you.

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Charles Dudley Jr May 5, 2009 | 7:57 a.m.

To bad he cannot disclose his political affiliation.

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Mark Memoly May 5, 2009 | 4:35 p.m.

Hello, I am Mark Memoly and a Republican that will run in the GOP US Senate Primary next year in Missouri.

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Charles Dudley Jr May 5, 2009 | 9:15 p.m.

I'll never ever vote Redumblican ever!

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