Monday, July 17, 2006

Champion has $70,000 advantage in Senate race

Incumbent State Senator Norma Champion, R-Springfield, has a $70,000 plus advantage over her challenger, Springfield Democrat Doug Harpool, but Harpool did a lot to close the gap during the past three months.
Documents filed today with the Missouri Ethics Commission indicated Harpool raised $43,414.50 during the last quarter, compared to $6,893.22 for Ms. Champion. Harpool spent $4,306.11, leaving him with $39,108.39, according to the disclosure reports, while Ms. Champion spent $6,956.57, leaving her with $113,689.79.
Champion contributions
Ms. Champion received maximum $650 contributions from Anheuser-Busch, St. Louis; Freeman Physicians Group PAC, Joplin, Silver Dollar City PAC, Branson; and the Elect Nodler Committee, Carthage. She received one out-of-state contribution, $500 from 3M, St. Paul, Minn.
Harpool contributions
Harpool's contributions were dominated by lawyers and unions, traditional Democratic bases of support.
Those contributing $650 to Harpool were:
Complete Computing Inc., Little Rock, Ark.; Artisan Construction Service, Inc., Springfield; Friends for Tim Green, St. Louis; Adam Graves, Bruer and Wooddell, P. C., Parkville; Ann E. Graves, Parkville; Robert L. Bruer, Bruer and Woodell, Parkville; Patricia Bruer, homemaker, Parkville; S. Jane Bruer, Spencer, Fane, Britt & Browne, Kansas City; John Wooddell, Bruer and Woodell, Bruer and Woodell, Springfield; Elaine Wooddell, homemaker, Springfield; Edward J. Hershewe, Hershewe Law Firm, Joplin; Teamsters Local Union No. 41 PAC, Kansas City; Teamsters 245 PAF, Springfield; Carpenters Local #978 PAC, Springfield; Jerome Coleman, attorney, Clayton; Bobbie Lurie, retired, Springfield; Anna Sakurai, Webster University, St. Louis; David Ansley, Hall, Ansley, Rodgers & Condry, Springfield; Benjamin Stringer, Hall, Ansley, Rodgers & Condry, Springfield; Hall, Ansley, Rodgers & Condry, Springfield; Cindy Harpool, Grant Avenue Baptist Church Preschool, Springfield; Dustin Harpool, student, Springfield; C. Ronald Baird, Baird, Lightner, Millsap & Harpool, Springfield; Willow Walk LLC, property management, Springfield; Carpenter's District Council of KC, Kansas City; Joe McCracken, trucking company owner, Commerce, Texas; Darla Mefford-McCracken, BLII Logistics, Inc., Commerce, Texas; Tyler Harpool, student, Springfield; Ashley Harpool, Kaplan University, North Lauderdale, Fla., Amy Harpool, homemaker, Evanston, Ill; John A. Lanear, Kaplan University, Milwaukee, Wis.; David Harpool, Kaplan University, Evanston, Ill.; Virginia Harpool, retired, Springfield; Alison Hershewe, Hershewe Law Firm, Joplin; Clifton M. Smart, III, Bruer and Wooddell, Springfield; Missouri NEA, Jefferson City.
Champion expenses
Out of the $6,956.57 spent by Ms. Champion, $6,000 went to Election Day Enterprises, the consulting firm run by lobbyist Jewell Patek, who has a wide ranging list of clients.
Harpool expenditures
Harpool spent $4,030.73 on envelopes, campaign materials, office supplies, lapel stickers, and stationery, according to the disclosure forms.

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