Koster Monster Fundraiser

Last week Attorney General Chris Koster showed his fundraising muscle with an estimated crowd of 270 – 300 people.  The rumored money number was $400K.


Mayor Francis Slay opened and emceed the event. Harrison Hickman, a national pollster, gave a presentation of the national and state climate. Labor heavy Jeff Aboussie and St. Louis City Prosecuting Attorney Jennifer Joyce both spoke.


Spotted at the tables: Candidates Susan Montee (LG), Jason Kander (SOS),  Tishaura Jones and Brian Wahby (City Treasurer), Gina Walsh (Senate 13); other electeds Rep. Sylvester Taylor and Sen. Joe Keaveny; corporate men ATT’s Craig Unruh, Ameren’s Warren Wood, BNSF’s Jeff Davis, Monsanto’s Duane Simpson, AB’s Ted Powers; association men MO Chamber’s Dan Mehan, MO Dental’s Aaron Washburn and MO Healthcare’s Jon Dolan; and lobbyists/lawyer Jeff City denizens SNR’s Brian Grace and Kelvin Simmons, Danny Pfeifer, Pelopidi Travis and Rachel Brown, Richard McIntosh, Stinson’s Chuck Hatfield, and Jorgen Schlemeier and Jeff Brooks.


Said one attendee: “This is the most impressive, heavy-hitting crowd I have seen for a state level candidate this cycle.”


Said another attendee:  “Koster’s poised to raise $1 million this quarter – that’s a show of strength. People are already starting to align with the guy they think will be governor in 2016.”


Koster talked a lot about his defense in Turner case.  Then perhaps previewing his campaign theme, he informed the audience that “one of my opponents has never prosecuted a criminal case in his life.”  Expect to hear about that over the next seven months.

Originally in MOScout March 14.