Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Speaker in waiting doles out nearly $100 grand to campaign committees

As word spread that the Missouri Supreme Court was about to take action on the law repealing campaign contribution limits, House Speaker in Waiting Ron Richard, R-Joplin, took decisive action.
In the two days before the July 19 decision restoring contribution limits, Richard made 55 contributions of $1,000 or more, with some as high as $3,500, according to his October disclosure report, filed Monday with the Missouri Ethics Commission. In all, the Richard committee contributed $94,270, according to the report. Bob Nance of Excelsior Springs received the $3,500 contribution.

Richard received $45,413 in contributions during the past three months, including contributions from nine lobbyists, five maximum $325 contributions from various entities of the Missouri Hospital Association, six maximum contributions from Pyramid Home Health or its satellites, four from the Missouri Health Care Association, and a $300 contribution from Isle of Capri casino added for good measure.

The Joplin Republican still has more than $113,000 in his account.

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