Sen. Brad Lager has found the easiest way to raise money in a political campaign. Find two rich sugar daddies who are upset with your opponent and rake in the cash.
During the first 27 days of June, Lager has picked up more oversized contributions, $660,000 to be exact, than any other statewide candidate. Of that total, $635,000 from two men- $385,000 from retired billionaire Rex Sinquefield and $250,000 from David Humphreys of Joplin's TAMKO.
Sinquefield and Humphreys, of course, are fed up with Lager's primary opponent, incumbent Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder.
Kinder is not had an easy time picking up big-ticket contributors. He has received one oversized contribution for $10,000, according to Missouri Ethics Commission records.
Second on the list is Gov. Jay Nixon with $559,800 in oversized contributions, coming from 29 sources.
Other state candidates and their totals are listed below:
Sen. Bill Stouffer (secretary of state) $66,809, six contributors
Attorney General Chris Koster $35,250, four contributors
Dave Spence (governor) $135,000, five contributors
Becky Plattner (lieutenant governor) $10,000, one contributor (herself)
Fred Sauer (governor) $100,000, one contributor (himself)
Shane Schoeller (secretary of state) $150,000, one contributor (Rex Sinquefield)