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Today, at the Missouri Ethics Commission:

C121042 05/25/2012 MISSOURIANS FOR HEALTH AND EDUCATION Gary Forsee 3 Dunford Circle Kansas City MO 64112 Retired 5/23/2012 $25,000.00

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This appears to be the first direct big dollar contribution from an individual supporting the tobacco tax initiative campaign.

From their amended April quarterly report:

REPORT SUMMARY

MISSOURIANS FOR HEALTH AND EDUCATION [pdf] 5/10/2012

8. Total All Receipts This Election $697,300.32

14. Total Expenditures This Election $635,301.61

27. Money On Hand at the close of this reporting period $61,998.71

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CONTRIBUTIONS AND LOANS RECEIVED

MISSOURIANS FOR HEALTH AND EDUCATION [pdf] 5/10/2012

11. TOTAL CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED AT FUND-RAISERS AS REPORTED INLINE 8 ON FORM CD1A $0.00

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

13. TOTAL MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED FROM PERSONS GIVING $100 OR LESS $100.00

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

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Previously:

Initiative petitions on raising the tobacco tax (February 14, 2012)

Campaign Finance: Initiative petitions on raising the tobacco tax (February 15, 2012)

Campaign Finance: cough, cough, hack, hack (April 10, 2012)

Campaign Finance: up in a cloud of smoke (April 20, 2012)

Campaign Finance: smoke gets in our eyes… (April 26, 2012)