Wednesday, August 08, 2018
Special interest PAC paid $220,500 for negative ads in unsuccessful effort to defeat Bill White
The Missouri Senate Conservatives Fund, which was launched in June, and only participated in a handful of races, made a $50,000 media buy Monday from Patrick Media, Marshfield, to continue negative advertising against White, according to documents filed Tuesday with the Missouri Ethics Commission.
The PAC also spent $21,700 Monday for a late mailer, but did not pay for either expenditure, according to the report, which noted that the expenditures had been "incurred."
Another $21,700 was spent July 31 for mailers, according to the Ethics Commission documents.
The attacks ads were ultimately unsuccessful since White defeated former Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce President Rob O'Brian by a nearly 2-1 margin Tuesday. White will face Democrat Carolyn McGowan and Green Party candidate Conon Gillis in the general election.
According to Missouri law, committees such as the Missouri Senate Conservatives Fund can spend as much as they want to support or oppose a candidate or issue, but cannot coordinate with the campaign committee of an opponent.
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