Walker’s Wowza Report
Rep. Nate Walker reported a blow-out 8-Day fundraising number, hauling in over $160K. (See 8-Day #s below). It was powered by an apparently coordinated effort from trial attorneys, many giving the maximum allowable contribution. One operative referred to the quarter as having been “bundled” by MATA. This comes on the heels of MATA-backed Missouri’s Future spending over $170K against front-runner Cindy O’Laughlin. (See a list of IEs below).
In short, the Senate 18 race has been upended. Credit veteran political consultant David Barklage who’s running Walker’s campaign for playing possum through the Spring and early Summer, with a wait-until-you-see-the-whites-in-their-eyes strategy.
8 Day Reports
Here are the final numbers for the hot Senate primaries…
Senate 14 – Joe Adams raised $15,780; spent $58,020; and has $16,992 on-hand. Sharon Pace raised $1,845; spent $18,630 and has $11,085 on-hand. And Brian Williams raised $21,475; spent $18,777; and has $44,157 on-hand.
Senate16 – Justin Brown raised $30,291; spent $194,996; and has $14,345 on-hand. Diane Franklin raised $12,520; spent $60,428; and has $29,404 on-hand. And Keith Frederick raised $23,354; spent $43,886; and has $16,687 on-hand.
Senate 18 – Cindy O’Laughlin $18,545; spent $202,041; and has $1,712 on-hand. Craig Redmon raised $39,605; spent $47,735; and has $49,545 on-hand. Lindell Shumake raised $1,194; spent $19,875; and has $2,656 on-hand. And Nate Walker raised $164,050; spent $68,915; and has $114,263 on-hand.
Senate 32 – Rob O’Brian raised $40,505; spent $24,931; and has $76,374 on-hand. And Bill White raised $31,939; spent $178,320; and has $69,845 on-hand
Senate 34 – Tony Luetkemeyer raised $15,100; spent $285,672; and has $79,107 on-hand. And Harry Roberts raised $44,775; spent $147,237; and has $44,229 on-hand.
Republican Auditor primary – Paul Curtman raised $6,079; spent $13,010; and has $14,008 on-hand. Saundra McDowell raised $3,003; spent $1,356; and has $3,168 on-hand. Kevin Roach raised $250; spent $1,440; and has $1,687 on-hand. And David Wasinger raised $4,150; spent $452,864; and has $312,254 on-hand.
Third Party IEs
HEALTHPAC - $15,000 supporting Brown
Missouri’s Future - $170,000 opposing O’Laughlin.
Missouri Club for Growth - $42,754 supporting O’Laughlin.
Missouri Club for Growth - $42,754 opposing Redmon.
Voters for Good Government - $37,940 opposing O’Laughlin.
C-Red PAC - $23,800 supporting Redmon.
Missouri Federation for Children PAC - $17,900 supporting O’Laughlin.
Missouri Federation for Children PAC – $8,900 opposing Walker.
Missouri Federation for Children PAC - $8,900 opposing Redmon.
Friends for Munzlinger - $7,000 supporting Redmon.
Gunzlingers PAC - $5,000 opposing O’Laughlin.
Conservative Leadership for NEMO - $5,000 opposing O’Laughlin.
Missouri Senate Conservatives Fund – $105,700 opposing White.
HEALTHPAC - $15,000 supporting White.
Missouri Senate Conservatives Fund – $156,400 opposing Roberts.
Missouri Senate Conservatives Fund – $101,300 supporting Luetkemeyer.
Who Is Missouri Senate Conservatives Fund?
It’s been funded by the following contributors: US Term Limits Inc ($250,000) see their website here; Missouri Alliance For Freedom - Grace River PAC ($100,000) which received $99K from Herzog Contracting Corp earlier this month; David Humphreys ($50,000); American Democracy Alliance - Ridgely PAC ($50,000) which received $100K from Herzog back in April; American Federation for Children ($27,500); and Missouri Republican Leadership PAC ($25,000).
Anti-McCaskill Ad Hits Hubby
Yikers! The latest negative ad in an increasingly negative US Senate race hits Senator Claire McCaskill’s husband, drawing on the divorce filings of his previous marriage. See it here.
One outraged MOScouter writes: The Club for Growth's latest ad is an ugly and unfair personal attack on Claire McCaskill and her family. Josh Hawley and the Republicans must be in a real panic mode and are so desperate since they have been shopping this particular story for more than 15 years. Joseph’s divorce from his first wife was more than two decades ago.
McCaskill’s campaign put out a statement from Suzy Shepard, the ex-wife, saying: "I support Claire and hope she is re-elected. This attack is terribly unfair and the worst kind of disgusting dirty politics." See it here.
The Missouri Ethics Commission announced in a tweet (see it here) that they appointed Liz Ziegler as the new executive director. She’s currenting the general counsel for MEC.
Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft yawns at Russian hacking attempt on Senator Claire McCaskill. See it here.
At the DESE administrators conference former DESE commissioner Margie Vandeven gets a standing O. See the twitterpic here.
eMailbag on the Stakes of Primary Election
You are absolutely in error that this is a “low stakes” primary year. This is one of the highest stakes primary seasons in recent memory that will determine the philosophical make up of Senate leadership & of the philosophical balance of the Senate itself for many years to come.
There is a mass exodus of old school big gov’t R’s departing the Senate. Their successors will fill that void and determine which directions the Senate will take...bolder steps towards more tax, education & labor reform...or less. The stakes could not be higher.
Zach Brunnert, David McCracken, and Richard McIntosh added St. Louis Blues.
Committee to Elect Linda Klingerman for Judge - $21,000 from Linda Klingerman.
Missourians for Freedom to Work - $8,993 from Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
SaferMO.Com - $100,000 from Missouri Construction Industry Advancement Fund.
WPG PAV - $10,000 from Winton Policy Group LLC.
C-Red PAC - $10,000 from Better Schools for Missouri – The Missouri School Administrators PAC.
Citizens for Steve Stenger - $22,685 from CHIPP Political Account.
Missourians for Freedom to Work - $7,500 from L&S Wire Products Inc.
Missouri Farm Bureau Federation State PAC - $22,500 from Missouri Farm Bureau Federation Federal PAC.
Happy birthdays to Rodney Gray, Wendell Bailey, and Liz Henderson.