Sunday, June 04, 2006
Champion war chest down nearly $32,000
The campaign war chest of Sen. Norma Champion, R-Springfield, fell nearly $32,000 in three months, according to the quarterly disclosure statement filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission in April.
Ms. Champion, who is facing a stiff challenge from former State Representative Doug Harpool, D-Springfield, reported spending $51,186.12, according to the Ethics Commission documents, including $50,000 to repay a loan from herself. She received $19,200 in contributions, leaving her with $113,753.14.
In addition to the loan repayment, Ms. Champion donated $650 to the Rupp for Senate campaign.
The biggest contribution to the Champion fund was $1,000 from the 31st Republican Senatorial Commission in Raymore. She also reported receiving:
-$600 (the maximum) from Citizens for Jay Wasson
-$150 from J. Scott Marrs, lobbyist for the city of Springfield, and the Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce
-$300 from Ozarks Family Vision Centre
-$600 from the Silver Dollar City PAC
-$600 from Missouri Bankers Association Capitol Region PAC
-$600 from Missouri Bankers Association Heritage Region PAC
-$600 from Partners for Leadership
-$500 from the Missouri Physician Assistant PAC
-$600 from Missouri Assisted Living PAC
-$500 from MO Plan
-$300 from the Missouri Pharmacy PAC
Perhaps not coincidentally, MO Plan, the Missouri Physician Assistant PAC, and the Missouri Assisted Living PAC, all have the same address P. O. Box 1865, Jefferson City, which is also the address for the powerful lobbying firm of Gamble & Schlemeier.
It is also the address for the Independent Colleges and Universities of Missouri, Missouri Association for Councils of Government, the Missouri Hotel and Motel Association, Missouri Beverage Association, Missouri Fire Service Alliance, the Missouri Railroad Association, and MORES PAC, according to various internet listings and the listings of the Missouri Ethics Commission.
Ms. Champion's contributions from MO Plan, the Missouri Physician Assistant PAC and the Missouri Assisted Living PAC all came on Jan. 5, the same day she received the donation from the Missouri Pharmacy PAC, which does not share the Box 1865 address, but does share lobbyist William Gamble.