Schoeller leads the money-raising pack in SOS race; Kander has most cash in the bank
Missouri House Speaker Pro Tem Shane Schoeller finished ahead of the pack running for secretary of state, taking in over $280,000 worth of monetary contributions in the latest fundraising quarter.
The Republican from Willard, Mo. received $280,496.12 in monetary contributions, as well as $13,296.64 worth of in-kind donations. After spending $140,587.40, Schoeller has $301,802.50 of cash on hand. Schoeller’s tally includes a $150,000 donation from retired financer Rex Sinquefield that his campaign received on June 22.
Schoeller received $25,000 from TAMKO CEO David Humphreys. He also took in a $25,000 from TAMKO chairman of the board Ethelmae Humphreys, who is David Humphreys' mother.
“If conservatives are to take back this important office, we must elect a candidate with support from across the state to take on the liberal attacks in November,” Schoeller said in a statement. “The momentum we have built through key endorsements, fundraising success, and overwhelming grassroots support proves we have what it takes to win in November.”
That figure is higher than Schoeller’s two Republican rivals in the contest to succeed Secretary of State Robin Carnahan. Sen. Bill Stouffer, R-Napton, raised $76,126.27 in monetary contributions, as well as in $91,248 in-kind contributions. Many of the in-kind donations were from billboard companies.
Stouffer also received a $10,000 donation from Brunswick native William Jackson and $5,000 from Marshall resident William Buckner. After spending $86,016.96, Stouffer has $237,266.95 of cash on hand. Stouffer repaid about $38,000 of the $199,325 he loaned to his campaign during the quarter.
Sen. Scott Rupp, R-Wentzville, took in about $88,045.70 in monetary donations, as well as $5,586.52 worth of in-kind donation. He has $176,320.64 of cash on hand after spending $60,100.84.
Rupp received a $10,000 donation from Missouri Professionals Mutual, $5,000 from Drury Development CEO Tim Drury and $5,000 from Chesterfield-based. RGA Reinsurance Co.
Interestingly, the campaign committee of state Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, donated $5,000 each to both Rupp and Stouffer’s campaigns.
Kander nears $800K of cash on hand
Not only did Schoeller outraise his two Republican rivals, but he also took in more than the only major Democratic candidate, Jason Kander. The Democratic state representative from Kansas City took in $229,446.30 in monetary contributions, as well as $11,856 worth of in-kind donations.
Still, Kander’s cash on hand at the end of the second quarter is $797,215.98 after spending $80,949.79 during the three-month reporting period. That’s more than the combined totals of the three Republican’s cash on hand.
“This fundraising lead is a direct result of the hard work and dedication that our supporters and volunteers have shown across the state,” said Kander in a statement. “I also want to thank all the Missourians that watched our campaign’s first web video and donated online. Missourians know that we will need someone in the Secretary of State’s office that will stand up to the special interests to do what is right for our families and small business owners."
Kander was referring to a web video released during the fundraising quarter that touched on the Kansas City native’s military service in Afghanistan. It also focused on Kander’s drive to alter the state’s ethics and campaign finance laws.
Notable donations to Kander's campaign include a $15,000 contribution from CHIPP Political Account, $5,001 from state Rep. Stephen Webber's campaign committee and $10,000 from Gori, Julian & Associates, P.C. Kander's campaign noted that out of 678 contributions, 618 came from individuals. And 392 donations were first-time donors to the campaign.
While Kander is not running unopposed, the other Democratic competitor MD Alam – who’s encountered less than flattering headlines recently – issued a limited activity statement for the last fundraising quarter. The Kansas City native has yet to post his latest fundraising report as of 5:30 p.m.