Candidates disclose who is contributing

Thursday, April 1, 2010 | 12:01 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA – It's a six-figure election season.

Candidates for the Columbia City Council and Columbia Board of Education combined have raised more than $178,000 in campaign contributions from developers, doctors, university professors and many retired people, according to campaign finance reports filed with election authorities Monday.

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In each of the three council races, candidates endorsed by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce are leading in contributions.

Here is a breakdown by race:


Developers and doctors made up the majority of Bob McDavid's contributions. He received 18 contributions of more than $500, including $1,000 from both developer Gary Evans and Guitar Building Partnership, a rental and real estate company owned by David Knight.

Evans said his support for McDavid stems from personal experience and from shared perspectives.

"I've known Bob for a long time and was very impressed with him and Fred Parry when they negotiated a new lease for the hospital," Evans said. "... I've been in land development for a really long time. I just want a good business sense on the City Council."

Of the 35 doctors who gave money to McDavid's campaign, Peter Buchert made the largest donation of $550. Buchert works for the Columbia Orthopaedic Group.

The following businesses registered to Larry Moore donated to McDavid's campaign on March 1 and March 4:

  • The Harold E. Johnson Co.
  • Con-AGG of Missouri
  • Boone Quarries (also registered to Billy Sapp and Alan Barnes' Columbia Ready Mix)
  • Subtera
  • Underground Records Management

The businesses' contributions total $1,350.

Attempts to reach Moore were unsuccessful.

Jerry Wade struck a chord with the retired community. Thirty-one retired people donated a total of nearly $2,000 to his campaign.

Developer John Ott donated $200 to Wade's campaign. Ott's developments include the Berry Building at Walnut and Orr streets and the Kaldi's building at Ninth and Cherry streets. He's also an owner of The Tiger Hotel.

"I think Jerry is a good candidate," Ott said. "I think he's a wise candidate. I think we're blessed with good candidates. Jerry approached me early on, and I felt very good about supporting him. I think he's done a pretty effective job."

Sid Sullivan's more than 20 percent increase in donations from the first reporting deadline to now to nearly $6,700 from $5,500 was made up entirely of non-itemized, monetary contributions and one in-kind contribution of $100 from Ray Shapiro.

Paul Love, who reported no contributions in his last filing, jumped to more than $1,500. Love has said during his campaign that he's more interested in raising money for charity than for himself. He donated $1,001 to his own campaign.

Sal Nuccio and Sean O'Day filed no finance reports.

Fourth Ward

Daryl Dudley received all but two of his contributions from developers and real estate agents.

The same group of businesses registered to Moore that donated to McDavid's campaign also gave $1,350 to Dudley's on March 8. Realtors Michael Hill and Robert Smith each donated $150 and Richland Road developer Tom Atkins donated $1,200 to Dudley the same day.

That day's donations equal more than a third of all Dudley's finances.

Tracy Greever-Rice did not list occupations or dates for any of her eight contributors. Her largest donation came from the Osage Group of the Sierra Club, chaired by Hank Ottinger. The club endorsed Greever-Rice, Skala, Wade and Sullivan.

Just more than 22 percent of Greever-Rice's increase came in the form of a $665.33 loan from her and her husband, Glenn Rice.

The majority of candidate Sarah Read's donations were in-kind, including a $500 donation from one of her two daughters, Molly Read.

William and Karen Dent and Ted and Kyle Groshong each gave $150, the only monetary donations.

Candidate Rick Buford reported $1,200 in contributions, up from zero on his last filing. Robert Call, Buford's campaign treasurer and the manager of Club Vogue, contributed $600. That was the largest of Buford's donations.

Buford's wife, Teisha Dalton-Buford, donated $250, and his mother, Pamela Buford, donated $100.

Third Ward

The same group of businesses registered to Moore that donated to McDavid and Dudley's campaigns also donated $1,400 to Gary Kespohl's campaign on March 8. The Columbia Insurance Group, chaired by Bob Wagner, donated $1,000 to Kespohl on the same day.

But Kespohl's total is more than double that of his opponent, mostly because of a $7,500 contribution from his business, the Central Missouri Computer Center, and $2,500 from his own pocket.

The Sierra Club at $200 made the largest contribution to Karl Skala's campaign.

Sixth Ward Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe and former Fifth Ward Councilman Karl Kruse donated a combined $150.

Kruse, who also donated to Wade's campaign, said he supports both Skala and Wade because they are proponents of growth that incorporates parks and sustainability.

"Sullivan is a pretty good candidate, too, but I don't think he's got the constituency to win," Kruse said. "Unfortunately I think he's going to draw votes from Wade."

School board: three-year term

Jan Mees received $1,355 from Columbia Public Schools employees and $1,175 from retired people. Those two groups make up more than 75 percent of Mees's contributions in the latest report.

James Whitt's largest contribution of $275 came from his wife, Annelle Whitt. She also contributed $266 in-kind to his campaign.

Dan Holt has not filed any campaign finance reports.

School board: one-year term

Jonathan Sessions' contributions slowed down after he reported just less than $11,000 on the first finance report.

Sessions raised more than $3,300 during the previous reporting period, including a $300 contribution from Tim Parshall, associate director of MU's Assessment Resource Center.

Phil Peters' largest contributions include $362 from himself and $250 from attorney Craig Van Matre. Attorneys and professors contributed more than $1,000 to Peters, a law professor at MU.

Missourian reporter Chris Canipe contributed to this report.

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Dale Jones April 1, 2010 | 2:05 p.m. looks like Skala, Hoppe are in bed together...I knew they supported each other....we need change and that is getting rid of both of them.....they turned this great City into a "Chicken City". They must

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James Downey April 1, 2010 | 3:33 p.m.

Nice "April Fools!" comment there, Dale.

Because it'd be a real practical joke on all of us if we allowed the big-money interests to basically buy a couple of Council seats and the Mayor's race.

Skala clearly has the popular support. Even here in his own neighborhood Gary Kespohl only has two yards with his signs in them. And I know that most people in our association were supporting him the last time he ran - now we've seen what Skala has accomplished, and people have changed their minds. The tone of the campaign conducted by Kespohl has turned everyone off.

Jim D.

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John Schultz April 1, 2010 | 4:15 p.m.

Yes Dale, it's such a darn shame that Karl and most of the council decided it was OK for people to enjoy their own darn land as long as they don't let it affect their neighbor's own private property. Try digging a little deeper and see if you can find a vote that people really care about.

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Ray Shapiro April 1, 2010 | 6:50 p.m.

("Dale Jones April 1, 2010 | 2:05 p.m. looks like Skala, Hoppe are in bed together...I knew they supported each other....we need change and that is getting rid of both of them.....they turned this great City into a "Chicken City". They must

The only "Chicken" here seems to be you, Larry.
And, not to ruffle feathers, how 'bout using your real name on the Missourian, like we're all expected to.
Personally, I'm very optimistic about Karl Skala keeping his seat on the council.
If the "McDavid Machine" should get the gaval, we'll need as many Karl Skala's in this city's government as we can get, especially for balance and juxtaposition.

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Tim Dance April 1, 2010 | 9:11 p.m.

Hey Dale, Hoppe is not running this year, she did last year. Pay attention and keep up.

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Mike Martin April 1, 2010 | 9:44 p.m.

Missourian editors:

As I have asked many times before about posting under fake names here, which defeats the purpose of your real names policy:

Please do insist that "Dale Jones" post under his own name rather than the pseudonym.

Dale's real name is Larry Bossaller.

If Larry wants to post under a fake handle, he can do so at the Trib.

The rest of us have to post under our real names here and so should you.

It's simply not fair for you to have started doing this the "Missourian way" and because it started to suit you, to go under a pseudonym, all under the same article, in which you coined the term you keep repeating as Dale Jones, "Chicken City."

Naturally, you'll notice that since the outspoken Dale showed up, the equally outspoken Larry vanished.

About Realtor Larry Bossaller:

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Allan Sharrock April 1, 2010 | 9:51 p.m.

Mike are you sure that "Chicken City" is only a term that Larry uses? I have seen it other places.

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Ray Shapiro April 1, 2010 | 10:11 p.m.

The Missourian would "know," and if "Dale" used his complete real name here, like we all have been asked to do, this wouldn't be an issue.

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Mike Martin April 1, 2010 | 10:25 p.m.

This isn't my discovery Allan. Several people have suspected it for a long time, as "Dale," freed from the constraints of his previous identity, grew ever more shrill. They started amassing evidence and voila!

It seems to have all started when it became just a bit too much that Larry Bossaller is an old Slater High School Wildcat from way back. And he fondly remembers his team as #1:

Guess who else thinks the Wildcats are #1:

And so on.

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Ellis Smith April 2, 2010 | 7:28 a.m.

Is it the business of those who post here to "out" the actual names of others who post here? I agree with the Missourian's request that we post under our true names; I also agree with the Missourian staff that it can be difficult in some cases to tell whether a submitted name is correct or not.

For example, "Joe Miner" could easily be a real name. "Miner" is not an unusual family name in English-speaking countries. Or "Joe Miner" could be an ugly-looking mascot, seriously in need of a shave, carrying a pick and a slide rule, with a revolver in a holster on his belt. "Our mascot carries a gun. Does yours?"

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Mike Martin April 2, 2010 | 9:47 a.m.

As I read it, the Missourian didn't make a request that people post under real names -- they made a demand.

Outing Dale Jones is the equivalent of Wiki-enforced rules. Users who don't enforce the rules put themselves at an intrinsic disadvantage to users who break the rules, especially when it comes to high-stakes outcomes like local elections.

"Dale Jones" aka Larry Bossaller has been blasting away on here against Skala, Hoppe, me, etc. ever since he changed his name and felt the freedom to say what he was really thinking. As Larry, he was both kinder and gentler.

That fact deserves to be as much a part of the conversation
as anything else.

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Glenn Rice April 2, 2010 | 10:06 a.m.

Mike: "If Larry wants to post under a fake handle, he can do so at the Trib."

Seems likely that he already does, as @citizenL -- check how many of his comments include "Chicken City":

In fact, "citizenL" is the ONLY person who refers to Columbia as "Chicken City" in Trib comments: (There are other commenters shown in these search results, but if you click through, these are not actual phrase matches.)

citizenL, and "Dale Jones", pretend like there's this big problem with Columbia now being viewed as a Chicken City, but really, no one else cares about this "issue".

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Mike Martin April 2, 2010 | 8:39 p.m.

citizenL -- as in citizenLarry Bossaller, the Slater Wildcat fan!

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Mark Foecking April 3, 2010 | 6:14 a.m.

Dale/Larry/whoever, have you yet to see a chicken in the city? You never answered me over on the Trib. This is such a non-issue that I find it really disappointing that it keeps coming up.


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