The fundraising contest for the fourth quarter of 2009 in the 129th District state representative race was easily captured by Joplin attorney Bill White, thanks to contributions from doctors and from his own pocketbook.
According to Missouri Ethics Commission documents, White had $31,020.56 in his campaign account at the close of the reporting period, loaning himself $25,000 and making five $1,323.83 contributions to himself. The rest of his contributions came from 11 Joplin physicians. The contributions put White virtually even footing with fellow Joplin attorney Shelly Dreyer in the GOP race.
Ms. Dreyer's report, filed Thursday, shows $990 in contributions during the quarter. She spent $4,528.17, leaving her with a slight advantage over White with $33,273.83 in her account.
Ms. Dreyer continued to receive contributions from other lawyers, picking up half of her total from attorneys from St. Louis and Springfield.
The third candidate to succeed term-limited Speaker of the House Ron Richard is Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President Adolfo Castillo, who raised $700 in the quarter, giving him $1,181.42. The Hispanic Political Action Committee of Missouri contributed $300, with the other donations coming from people who gave less than $100 apiece.