Tuesday, March 31, 2015
The most expensive school board race in Joplin history
There are none.
Koch, who has been running on a platform of fiscal responsibility, was only $16 above the $1,000 level which requires candidates to file disclosure forms...and the money, which was used on signs and cards, came out of his own pocket.
As a challenger to a spending mentality he has criticized, Koch wants to show you can get quality without spending a fortune.
Koch faces two opponents in a race for two three-year seats- incumbent board president Anne Sharp and former Joplin Police Chief Lane Roberts. Since Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Roberts to be the next head of the Department of Public Safety, he will not serve if elected and he is not spending any money on the campaign. In fact, he returned a $1,750 contribution from the Joplin Progress Committee.
Despite his lack of expenditures, at this moment, Koch has spent more on his campaign than the other two candidates combined- of course, that is only because at the end of the day the Jasper County County Clerk's office had still not received Anne Sharp's eight-days-before-election disclosure report, which was due Monday.
Considering that Sharp put inserts in the Sunday Joplin Globe, including one I saw 30 miles away from Joplin, and that she hired a public relations firm to do a controversial video utilizing district teachers without their consent, it is almost a certainty that she will have spent far more than Koch.
Even without knowing how much money is being spent by Anne Sharp's campaign, it is safe to say that the spending for the one-year unexpired term on the R-8 Board of Education dwarfs previous board races.
As noted Monday in the Turner Report, Bright Futures USA Chairman Nancy Good has received more than $10,000 during her campaign, including $3,500 from the Joplin Progress Committee and more than $5,000 from Missouri REALTORS, which was used to finance a mass mailing.
Jennifer Martucci is matching Good dollar for dollar.
It appears Martucci may be attempting to show that she can handle larger amounts of money more responsibly than her opponent. While Good is a member of the Joplin Progress Committee and is heavily financed by people connected with the Citizens Advisory Recovery Team (CART), Bright Futures USA and the Joplin Progress Committee, with their unflagging support of C. J. Huff and earlier of Wallace-Bajjali, Martucci's contributors include some who leveled criticism of Wallace-Bajjali from the start, particularly Joplin City Council members Ben Rosenberg and Bill Scearce.
In her financial disclosure document, Martucci reported receiving $10,379.50 during her campaign, including a $3,000 loan from her husband, lawyer Patrick Martucci.
Other contributors mentioned on her report include the following:
William Scearce, Design Benefits, Joplin, $100
Charles Sticklen, lawyer, Joplin, $100
Benjamin D. Rosenberg, DDS, Joplin, $100
Scott Vorhees, lawyer, Joplin, $3,300
Roger Johnson, lawyer, Joplin, $1,000
Martucci is using a large amount of that money to finance television advertising, spending $2,623 with KSN and $2,116.50 with KOAM, according to the report.
Another $610.80 went to AMI for radio advertising, with $1,266.90 going to Datagraphics for printing.and $609.08 to the Lettershop for postage.
Left behind in the spending is the third candidate, Melinda Campbell.
Campbell has raised $3,119.60, a figure which would have put her near the top in the spending in past elections. During the past four and a half weeks, she has received $1,070 in contributions including the following:
Lynn Royle, retired, Joplin, $100
Mitchell Stinnett, Joplin, Mercy Hospital administrator $300
Rikki Smith, Crosslines Charities, $25
Betty Duckworth, retired, Joplin, $25
David Bennett, Tri-State Engineering, Joplin, $100
Chris Martin, Allgeier Martin and Associates, Joplin, $25
Amy Bass, Empire District Electric Company, $20
John Roberson, retired, Joplin, $20
Roper Honda, Joplin, $680
Kirk Harryman, teacher, Joplin School District, $250
Charles Sticklen, Jr., attorney, Joplin, $100
Brent Baker, Empire District Electric Company, Joplin, $50
Barbara Cox, retired, Joplin, $50
Campbell has spent $1,431,57 with Datagraphics printing for yard signs and banners.