JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has been raking in big bucks for his 2012 re-election campaign.
Nixon spokesman Jack Cardetti said Friday the Democratic governor has raised more than $1 million since ramping up his efforts following the November general elections.
Figures on the Missouri Ethics Commission website show Nixon received more than $600,000 in donations of at least $5,000 apiece. The largest was a $100,000 donation from the United Auto Workers. The law firm of Carey, Danis & Lowe in St. Louis gave him $50,000.
Nixon held fundraisers in Springfield and Kansas City this week and in St. Louis and Columbia last week.
Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder has been gearing up for a potential challenge to Nixon but has not officially announced his candidacy.