Wednesday, December 06, 2006
No competition but Richard continues to pile up money
Ron Richard, R-Joplin, faced no opposition for his House seat, but that didn't keep him from collecting more than $4,000 during an 11-day period between Oct. 31 and Nov. 10, according to the 30 days after election report filed this week with the Missouri Ethics Commission.
Much of the money come from out of state and 1,300 came in the form of four maximum ($325) contributions from casino interests.
The documents show Richard received the maximum Nov. 10 from Ameristar Casino Kansas City, Ameristar Casino St. Charles, and Penn National Gaming, Inc., Wyomissing, Pa. He also picked up $325 from Harrah's on Nov. 2.
Competitive Enterprise Growth PAC, which the Turner Report has noted in the past was established by the powerful lobbyist firm of Gallagher and Associates as a method to funnel money from Glazer's a Dallas, Texas, liquor, wine, and beer distributor. also kicked in $325.
Among the others giving maximum contributions:
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Bentonville, Ark., United Healthcare Services, Inc., Minneapolis, Minn., MOSFA PAC, Inc., Jefferson City; Associated Builders and Contractors, Heart of America, Jefferson City; Transystems Corporation, Inc., Kansas City; Freeman's Physicians Group, Joplin.
Richard also received the following contributions:
Edison Schools, Inc., New York, N.Y., $150; Waste Management, Houston, Texas, $200; Chesterfield North Development LLC, St. Louis, $300; ASA Midwest PAC, St. Louis, $150; Altria Corporate Services, Inc., New York, N. Y., $300
According to the documents, Richard has $33,044.80 in his campaign account.