Friday, August 03, 2018
Senate Conservatives PAC pays for $105,700 worth of attack ads against Bill White
The campaign finance documents filed by the PAC show $84,000 was spent for a media buy opposing White on July 26, with another $21,700 spent July 31.
Both buys came after the PAC received sizable contributions from Joplin businessman David Humphreys, $50,000 on July 23 and $25,000 on July 30.
While contributions to State Senate candidates are limited to $2,600, PACs can contribute an unlimited amount of money to support or oppose a candidate or issue.
State law prohibits the PACS from coordinating their efforts with candidates.
Ethics Commission documents show only one PAC paying for advertising or materials supporting O'Brian, with Missouri Right to Life contributing $14.08.
White also received $14.08 from Missouri Right to Life.
Other PACS supporting White are Health PAC with $10,000, CL PAC (formed by former Sen Jim Lembke to support people deemed as being constitutional conservatives) with $4,200 and $1,616.03 and Western Missouri Leadership Fund with $7,200.
O'Brian and White have filed 24-hour reports with the Ethics Commission, which are required for all contributions received after the eight-days-before-election report is filed.
O'Brian received a $500 contribution from Michael Johnson, Joplin, and $1,000 from Brian Lewis, Adel, Iowa.
White recorded $9,100 in contributions Wednesday and Thursday:
Reed Hastings, Santa Cruz, California, $2,600
Physician Led Anesthesia Care PAC $500
Alliance for Higher Education $2,500
Thomas Cobb, St. Joseph $1,000
Thomas Newman, Poplar Bluff $1,000
James Turntine, Sullivan, $1,000
William Richards, Quapaw, Oklahoma $500