COLUMBIA — Although incumbent 9th District U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer has nearly 200 times as much campaign money as his two challengers combined, the Libertarian and Democratic opponents both said they are in the race to win.
Numbers as of Sept. 30:
Money raised: $1.1 million since Jan. 1, 2009. About $886,000 of that total came from individual and committee donations.
The big donors:
- About $74,000 from business owners, CEOs, executives and the self-employed.
- More than $28,000 from medical workers.
- Almost $11,000 from legal workers.
- More than $265,000 from political action committees and lobbyists.
Money spent: Almost $809,000. He has just short of $329,000 cash on hand.
Money raised: While he registered with the Federal Election Commission as a candidate, he said he is "not even close" to the $5,000 threshold that requires a candidate to report contributions.
Money spent: He has spent money mostly on gasoline to drive around the district to candidate forums and other election events. He said he cannot afford yard signs, advertisements or campaign fliers.
"I don't have the luxury that Democrats and Republicans have," Dwyer said.
Money raised: He estimates he has funded $500 out-of-pocket and raised about $700.
Money spent: He said that in the past few weeks he has spent some of this money just to get his name out to the public, but the majority of the money will be spent the week before the election on things such as newspaper and radio ads.
"We are not going to raise $5,000, and we may not raise $1,000," Reed said. "But, we will just do the best we can and see how it goes."