If anyone should identify with the mounting debt facing many U. S. business, it would be Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder.
Documents filed today with the Missouri Ethics Commission indicate Kinder's campaign committee, Friends of Peter Kinder, owes $606,771.
Kinder received $164,375 during the last reporting period and spent $65,307.90.
The lieutenant governor's contributors include all of the usual suspects, including $10,000 from the Missouri Health Care Association, $5,000 from voucher supporter Charles Norval Sharpe's CNS, and $5,000 from Ameren.
From the Joplin area, Kinder picked up $1,000 from Neosho banker Rudy Farber, and $3,000, in two $1,500 contributions, from Con-Way Truckload, Joplin.