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The 31st Senate District republican primary will have serious money in the mix.

From Ed Emery’s (r) first quarter 2012 campaign finance report filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission on April 10, 2012:

REPORT SUMMARY

CITIZENS FOR ED EMERY [pdf] 4/10/2012

8. Total All Receipts This Election $50,645.00

[emphasis added]

Where did all that money come from?:

CONTRIBUTIONS AND LOANS RECEIVED

CITIZENS FOR ED EMERY 4/10/2012

Ethelmae Humphreys 2505 East 11th Street Joplin MO 64801 Tamko Bldg. Products — Chairman of the Board 3/31/2012 $50,000.00

Russell Freed 2662 County Rd. 1310 Moberly MO 65270 Orschelns — Marketing 3/29/2012 $100.00

Anne Calzone 33867 Highway E Dixon MO 65459 Homemaker 3/31/2012 $50.00

CZ Engineering, Inc. 33863 Highway E Dixon MO 65459 3/31/2012 $495.00 [in kind]

Some free speech is more equal than others.

Four campaign contributions in Ed Emery’s (r) first quarter 2012 campaign finance report. “My, that’s a mighty big piece of pie you got there Ethelmae.”

When you add yesterday’s $50,000.00 campaign contribution, that campaign treasury almost doubled. You can just feel the grassroots momentum.

Previously: Campaign Finance: throwing down the crazy gauntlet (April 23, 2012)

How are the other republicans in the primary doing when it comes to raising that campaign cash?:

Scott Largent (r), another one of the three individuals running in the primary, filed his first quarter 2012 report with the Missouri Ethics Commission on April 15, 2012:

REPORT SUMMARY

CITIZENS FOR LARGENT [pdf] 4/15/2012

2. All Monetary Contributions Received This Period $4,400.00

10. Expenditures made by cash or check this period $2,730.05

27. Money On Hand at the close of this reporting period $31,260.13

[emphasis added]

CONTRIBUTIONS AND LOANS RECEIVED

CITIZENS FOR LARGENT 4/15/2012

12. TOTAL ANONYMOUS CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED FROM PERSON GIVING $25 OR LESS $0.00

13. TOTAL MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED FROM PERSONS GIVING $100 OR LESS $0.00

14. TOTAL IN-KIND CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED FROM PERSONS (NOT COMMITTEES) GIVING $100 OR LESS $0.00

MISSOURI INDEPENDENT ACCTS PAC 4243 NE LAKEWOOD WAY STE 101 LEES SUMMIT MO 64064 2/1/2012 $500.00

ISLE OF CAPRI CASINOS INC 600 EMERSON RD SUITE 300 ST LOUIS MO 63141 2/1/2011 $300.00

MISSOURI DENTAL PAC 3340 AMERICAN AVE JEFFERSON CITY MO 65109 2/1/2011 $250.00

BRENT HEMPHILL & ASSOC PO BOX 156 JEFFERSON CITY MO 65102 2/1/2012 $250.00

CPA PAC 540 MARYVILLE CENTRE DRIVE SUITE 200 ST LOUIS MO 63141 2/1/2012 $100.00

CITIZENS TO ELECT MIKE KEHOE PO BOX 105527 JEFFERSON CITY MO 65110 3/29/2012 $1,000.00

FRIENDS FOR MENZLINGER PO BXO 65 MONTICELLO MO 63457 3/29/2011 $1,000.00

PARSONS FOR STATE SENATE 3892 HWY 123 FAIRPLAY MO 65649 3/29/2012 $1,000.00

[emphasis added]

Nope, no grassroots momentum there, either.

EXPENDITURES AND CONTRIBUTIONS MADE

CITIZENS FOR LARGENT 4/15/2012

B. Itemized Expenditures All Over $100

AXIOM 1251 NW BRIARCLIFF KANSAS CITY MO 64116 3/23/2012 CONSULTING $1,250.00

EXEMPLER PO BOX 11 RAYMORE MO 64083 3/30/2012 CONSULTANT $1,000.00

[emphasis added]

Ah, the republican campaign consultant industrial complex. Does anyone get the feeling that they’re not very popular with folks in Joplin?

And the next candidate in the primary, David Morris (r):

C121182: Friends Of Morris

308 East High St Ste 103 Committee Type: Candidate

Jefferson City Mo 65101 Party Affiliation: Republican

(573) 635-3100 Established Date: 04/05/2012

[emphasis added]

Contribution in Excess of $500 Received Within 48 Hours

C121182 FRIENDS OF MORRIS [pdf] 4/19/2012

David Morris PO Box 563 Peculiar, MO 64078 Morris Auto Sales Owner 4/17/2012 $10,000.00

Pass the popcorn.

A tip of the hat to Randy Turner.