Not having opposition in the primary or general elections for the 32nd District Senate seat has enabled Speaker of the House Ron Richard, R-Joplin, to begin building influence in what will be his new home come January.
Richard's quarterly disclosure report, filed today with the Missouri Ethics Commission shows that his fundraising apparatus has not slowed down despite the lack of competition. Richard, $47,451 and spent $98,663.85, leaving him with $387,262.17 in the bank.
Richard, who climbed his way to the top of the House through the judicious use of campaign contributions to his fellow representatives, is already playing the same game in the Senate, providing $39,000 in contributions to eight Republican candidates. He also contributed $10,000 to Allen Icet's state auditor campaign.
Among those contributing to Richard during the last quarter;
Penn National Gaming $1,500
Missouri Insurance Coalition $1,000
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City $10,000
MADA Dealers Interested in Government $1,000
Missouri Health Care Association $1,500
Motor Carriers Public Affairs PAC $1,000
Leggett & Platt $1,000
Freeman Physicians Group $1,000
Gary and Suzanne Duncan, Freeman Health, $1,000
Karl Glassman, Leggett & Platt, $1,000