Brunner supplies nearly $7M for his Missouri Senate bid

Monday, July 30, 2012 | 4:10 p.m. CDT; updated 11:26 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 31, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY — Suburban St. Louis businessman John Brunner has supplied nearly $7 million to his Republican campaign for U.S. Senate.

Federal campaign finance reports show Brunner contributed almost $2 million to his campaign during the first 18 days of July. He also loaned his campaign an additional $250,000 during that time.

Brunner has provided the vast majority of the $7.4 million raised for his Aug. 7 primary against former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman and Congressman Todd Akin.

Finance reports show Steelman supplied her campaign an additional $100,000 last week, on top of the $500,000 she had previously loaned her campaign.

Akin has not self-financed his Senate campaign.

The Republicans are competing for the right to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill in the November general election.

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