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Yesterday, at the Missouri Ethics Commission:

C091114 07/22/2012 FRIENDS OF THOMAS LONG David Humphrey PO Box 4050 Joplin MO 64803 Tamko Roofing Executive 7/21/2012 $25,000.00

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Why on earth would someone drop $25,000.00 on a legislative district candidate two weeks before a primary?

Someone’s nervous.

There are three republicans and one Libertarian running for the 130th Legislative District Seat.

C121011: Friends For Jeff Messenger

Party Affiliation: Republican

Established Date: 01/10/2012

Information Reported On: 2012 – July Quarterly Report

Beginning Money on Hand $288.86

Monetary Receipts + $13,467.00

Monetary Expenditures – $10,735.47

Contributions Made – $0.00

Other Disbursements – $0.00

Subtotal     $2,731.53

Ending Money On Hand   $3,020.39

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Okay, that would appear to be a relatively modest, yet respectable, amount of campaign cash. On a closer look, a big chunk is from loans:

REPORT SUMMARY

FRIENDS FOR JEFF MESSENGER 7/16/2012

3. All Loans Received This Period [$]12,700.00

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And, you could bet that the expenditures include signs:

ITEMIZED EXPENDITURES OVER $100 SUPPLEMENTAL FORM

FRIENDS FOR JEFF MESSENGER 7/16/2012

Signs Now 2150 S. Glenstone Ave Springfield MO 65804 4/26/2012 Signs for Campaign $856.72

Signs Now 2150 S. Glenstone Ave. Springfield MO 65804 5/16/2012 Campaign Signs $645.60

My Campaign Store 902 E. Court Ave Jefferson IN 47130 6/20/2012 Campaign Signs and Fans $3,554.18

My Campaign Store 902 E. Court Ave. Jeffersonville IN 47130 6/21/2012 Campaign Fans $1,234.82

Signs Now 2150 S. Glenstone Ave. Springfield MO 65804 6/29/2012 Banners and Campaign Signs $348.62

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Campaign fans? That’s a lot of money. And, yes, it appears to be for hand held fans.

The recipient of the largesse is a a one term incumbent:

C091114: Friends Of Thomas Long

Party Affiliation: Republican

Established Date: 05/26/2009

Information Reported On: 2012 – July Quarterly Report

Beginning Money on Hand $59,578.71

Monetary Receipts + $13,680.00

Monetary Expenditures – $6,349.42

Contributions Made – $2,500.00

Other Disbursements – $0.00

Subtotal     $4,830.58

Ending Money On Hand   $64,409.29

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Well, that’s a comparative boatload of cash on hand. As if they’re saving it to oppose the Libertarian in the general election?

There is only one inescapable conclusion. Fans make people nervous.

There is another republican candidate:

C121286: Hunt For Mo Rep

Party Affiliation: Republican

Established Date: 05/09/2012

Information Reported On: 2012 – July Quarterly Report

Beginning Money on Hand $0.00

Monetary Receipts + $2,168.17

Monetary Expenditures – $1,488.66

Contributions Made – $0.00

Other Disbursements – $0.00

Subtotal     $679.51

Ending Money On Hand   $679.51

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Why, they could run as a Libertarian. If they raised and spent less money.