Friday, December 30, 2011
GOP establishment: We'll take Lager over Kinder
For the second time in a week, a major contributor to GOP candidates has poured a quarter of a million dollars into Lager's campaign.
A 48-hour report filed today with the Missouri Ethics Commission shows Herzog Contracting Corp., St. Joseph, gave $250,000 to the Lager campaign this morning.
The oversized contribution comes exactly one week after David Humphreys of TAMKO, Joplin, gave a quarter of a million. Humphreys had given more to Kinder's campaigns than anyone else in recent years, but was disgusted by the revelations concerning the lieutenant governor and has asked, apparently with no success, to have his money returned.
Herzog Contracting and Humphreys are not the onlythe ones making oversized contributions to the challenger as the fourth quarter closes. Two of Lager's Senate colleagues made their allegiance clear with contributions filed with the Ethics Commission.
Sen. Will Kraus, R-Lee's Summit, gave $25,000 and Sen. Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown, contributed $5,001. Lager also picked up $10,000 from the Nodaway Valley Bank in Maryville.
On Dec. 23, the same day Humphreys contributed $250,000, Lager received $100,000 from former Congressional candidate Jeanne Patterson, giving Lager a total of $645,001 in the past seven days.
The money still leaves him well behind Kinder, who had received numerous sizable contributions prior to his highly-publicized problems. Kinder's October quarterly report showed him with $1,555,233.73.