Sunday, November 30, 2008

Thomas for state auditor committee terminated

Sandra Thomas, the 2006 Republican nominee for state auditor, has shut down her campaign committee, according to documents filed Oct. 24 with the Missouri Ethics Commission.

The committee, with Joplin CPA Nick Myers as treasurer, was formed shortly after Mrs. Thomas lost to Democrat Susan Montee.

Mrs. Thomas, who was Platte County auditor, was widely considered to be handpicked by Gov. Matt Blunt and Sixth District Congressman Sam Graves. Blunt's support was especially unusual since Mrs. Thomas was running in a crowded primary that included Sen. John Loudon and Rep. Jack Jackson. She eventually edged Jackson, though the race was close enough that a recount was required.

The Turner Report presented the case in a May 11, 2007, post that Mrs. Thomas' candidacy was all an effort to prevent close scrutiny from being paid to the operation of Missouri license fee offices, something which was extremely important to Blunt and Graves.

The second Thomas committee only had $2,072.64. Most of that money, $1,000, went to Michael Gibbons' unsuccessful candidacy for attorney general, according to Mrs. Thomas' eight days before election filing.

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