Special interests came through in a big way for Congressman Kenny Hulshof Thursday, the day that a new state law tossed out campaign contribution limits.
The Republican gubernatorial candidate picked up $1,185,000 with more than half of the total, $600,000, coming from the Republican Governors Association.
Southwest Missouri interests were front and center for Hulshof, led by Jerry Hall of Jack Henry & Associates, Monett, who kicked in $100,000. Hulshof also picked up $25,000 from Neosho banker Rudy Farber, whose big bucks for Republican causes led Gov. Matt Blunt to appoint him to the Transportation Commission, $13,300 from the Newton County Republican Central Committee, and $20,000 from Jerry Wells, Carthage, of Moark.
Other first-day contributors were:
Schnucks, $25,000, Metro Heart Group of St. Louis, $10,000; Southern Union Company, Houston, Texas, $7,375; Howard Wood, Bonne Terre, Cequel III, $100,000; L. B. Eckelcamp, Bank of Washington, $20,000; Lewis and Clark Regional Leadership Fund, St. Charles, $50,000; Samuel Hais, St. Louis (Blunt appointment to Missouri Gaming Commission), $20,000; Stephen Notestine, St. Louis, $10,000; William McGinnis, Nestle Purina Pet Care, St. Louis, $10,000; James McDonnell, St. Louis, retired, $20,000; James Ross, RCS Inc., $10,000; Boone County Republican Central Committee, $13,200; 24th Legislative District, Columbia, $13,450; 24th Senatorial District Committee, Maryland Heights, $13,181 (in-kind); AG Processing, Inc., Omaha, Nebraska, $10,000; Drury Development Corporation, $20,000; Bill Holekamp, Holekamp Construction, $50,000
At this point, no contributions of $5,000 or more have been reported by Hulshof's opponent, Attorney General Jay Nixon.