(Jefferson City) (AP) – Republican Dave Spence has put an additional $1 million into his campaign to oust Democratic Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, placing them on nearly equal financial footing as they make a final push before the Nov. 6 election.
Online campaign finance records show that Spence, a businessman from suburban St. Louis, has now loaned or given his campaign $6 million since declaring his candidacy last year. The latest contribution is dated Friday, one day after his campaign reported a cash balance of $285,817.
The additional money means Spence had nearly $1.3 million as of Friday for his campaign. Nixon’s finance report shows he had nearly $1.6 million in his campaign account as of Thursday. But Nixon’s campaign sent out an online fundraising plea Sunday seeking to counter Spence’s additional $1 million infusion.
State candidates were required to file reports Monday detailing their contributions and expenditures from Oct. 1 through Oct. 25. Although it is their final regular finance report before the election, candidates for state offices also must report to the Missouri Ethics Commission every contribution greater than $5,000 within 48 hours of receiving it.
In other campaign finance reports filed Monday, Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster and Republican challenger Ed Marti both reported raising more than $300,000 during the recent period. But Koster still had $1.3 million remaining in his campaign account as of Thursday, while Martin had just $22,719.
Democratic State Treasurer Clint Zweifel reported $737,628 remaining in his campaign account as of Thursday, compared with $348,565 for Republican challenger Cole McNary. More than half of the $224,022 McNary raised during the most recent period came from a single family – $100,000 from Tamko Building Products President and CEO David Humphreys of Joplin and $25,000 from his mother, Ethelmae Humphreys. Zweifel raised $308,007 during the reporting period.
In the race for secretary of state, Democratic state Rep. Jason Kander and Republican state Rep. Shane Schoeller both raised less than $300,000 in the recent period, but Kander held a cash advantage. His campaign reported $722,890 on hand as of Thursday, compared with $126,099 for Schoeller.