Nine thousand dollars is no small amount to raise in three months for a state representative race, especially for a non-incumbent.
The October disclosure report filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission this week by Tom Flanigan, R-Carthage, indicates he received $9,010 during the third quarter, with little of it coming from outside committees, PACs, outstate contributors or out-of-state contributors. All of the money came from Jasper County and the surrounding counties.
Flanigan picked up 96 contributions, with only one coming from outside the state and four in outstate Missouri, and even those four were for amounts far smaller than the maximum.
The contributions averaged less than $100 per donor.
Most of those contributions, a total of $8,470 came at a catered reception held July 30 at the Sam Hill Building in Carthage, and organized by Flanigan's wife, Anita, according to the disclosure report.
Flanigan returned earlier contributions that were above the campaign contributions limit, but even those came from sources in this corner of Missouri.
Flanigan is running for the 127th District seat, which will have no incumbent since Steve Hunter, R-Joplin, is barred from running due to term limits.