Monday, April 23, 2007
Blunt machine raises big bucks for Romney in southwest Missouri
It may be the only place left in Missouri where this holds true, but in the southwest corner of the state, Governor Matt Blunt is still a political powerhouse.
Evidence of that can be seen in examining presidential contributions from this area. According to Federal Election Commission documents, Blunt's preferred candidate, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, has raised $36,000 from southwest Missouri during the first quarter of 2007...more than all other presidential candidates combined.
The other candidates received $32,175, led by Arizona Sen. John McCain with $9,750 and Illinois Sen. Barack Obama with $7,625. Other candidates and the amounts they received include: Rep. Ron Paul $250, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani $3,000; New York Sen. Hillary Clinton $2,000, Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback $100, California Rep. Duncan Hunter $500; and former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards $1,450. Contributors are listed below:
Mitt Romney- Jodee Herschend, Branson, $2,300; Peter Herschend, Branson, $2,300; Mrs. Randy Brown, Diamond, $2,100; Dorothy Farber, Neosho, $2,100; Rudy Farber, Neosho, $2,100; Mark Gardner, Springfield, $2,100; Valia Gardner, Springfield, $2,100; Glen Garrett, Purdy, $2,100; Sharon Garrett, Purdy, $2,100; James Hackney, Carl Junction, $2,100; Leigh Ann Hackney, Springfield, $2,100; Jerry Hall, Monett, $2,100; Patricia Hall, Monett, $2,100; Robert Plaster, Lebanon, $2,100; Mary Jean Plaster, Lebanon, $2,100; Jean Willard, Carl Junction, $2,100; James Combs, Bradleyville, $2,000
John McCain- Andy Williams, Branson, $4,600; Debbie Williams, Branson, $4,600; Bryna Justice, Springfield, $250; Robert Wooldridge, Springfield, $300
Rudy Giuliani- Richard Davidson, Neosho, $1,000; Rudy Farber, Neosho, $500; Eloise Ragland, Neosho, @50; Ronald Neville, Springfield, $500; Christopher Varisco, Branson, $500; Chris Fuldner, Monett, $250
Sam Brownback- Vera Pember, Springfield, $100
Duncan Hunter- Douglas Young, Webb City, $500
John Edwards- Robert Baird, Springfield, $500; Phillip Roberts, Monett, $700; Constance Fine, Springfield, $250
Barack Obama- Robert Bone, Cassville, $2,300; Mary Kellogg-Joslyn, Branson, $2,000; John Joslyn, Branson, $2,000; Margo Reid, Nixa, $500; Christina Fugett, Springfield, $300; James Gammill, Nixa, @50; Jonathan Lee, Springfield, $275
Hillary Clinton- Ron Campbell, Nixa, $1,000; Sam Hamra, Springfield, $1,000
Republican candidates received $49,600, while Democratic candidates picked up $11,075.
(Note: It appears I overlooked a couple of Branson contributions for Romney, which bring up the total to at least $1,500 to his total, making it $37,500.)