Speaker of the House Ron Richard, R-Joplin, who is unopposed in both the primary and general elections for 32nd District State Senate, continues to rake in the money.
His eight-day report filed today with the Missouri Ethics Commission shows $24,225 in receipts and $34,515.43. He has $376,971.74 in the bank.
Despite the sizable amount of cash, Richard's money came from only a few contributors, the biggest being Right Choice Managed Care, Forest Hills Properties, and Express Scripts, all of which contributed $5,000. Missouri Independent Bankers chipped in with $2,000, while the powerful St. Louis lobbyist John Bardgett's company, Bardgett and Associates, gave $500.
Most of Richard's money went to Republican candidates for state senate, including $5,000 to incumbent Second District Sen. Scott Rupp, who is being challenged by Rep. Cynthia Davis.