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Money. An obscene amount of money. A struggle for control. Spent by a small number of big money donors, on one hand, to prop up a useful idiot who is a teabagger, birther, tenther, and not exactly a friend of public education. And also spent by corporatist interests, on the other hand, to prop up an establishment republican. The thing is, if you take out most of the crazy of the first candidate you really can’t find much of a difference with the second.

Some of the mail sent in the 21st Senate District republican primary.

The amount of mail we’ve been receiving in the 21st Senate District race can only be described as a flood. Some of it from a third party. Most of the content is not relevant to the every day lives of people in the district.

In the Texas republican lieutenant governor runoff election this week:

What Happened In Texas Is a Running Off the Rails

By Charles P. Pierce

….Texas had two chances to resist the blandishments of Tea Partier Ted Cruz, whom it is overwhelmingly likely to send to the United States Senate, the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body, in favor of a bland lump of conservative muenster named David Dewhurst. On the issues, there is no logical reason why this should have happened, much less why it should have happened once in a preliminary election, and then again on Tuesday night. Dewhurst was as pure a cultist as Cruz is….

….This was a signal that conservative extremism knows no limits and recognizes no national boundaries. The Tea Party now has morphed into a movement made up solely of three elements: corporate money, television hucksters, and suckers. The first of these make the other two elements possible. If you are a Republican officeholder, especially in a staunchly Republican state, and you don’t see what can happen to you in what happened to David Dewhurst, you should begin your search for a second career right now…..

The campaign finance summaries for the 8 Day Before Primary Election reports in Missouri’s 21st Senate District republican primary between Mike McGhee and David Pearce:

REPORT SUMMARY

MCGHEE FOR SENATE [pdf] 7/30/2012

1. Total Receipts For This Election Previously Reported $167,435.44

2. All Monetary Contributions Received This Period $107,045.00

6. In-kind Contributions Received This Period [$]69,990.42

8. Total All Receipts This Election $344,470.86

27. Money On Hand at the close of this reporting period $68,741.17

[emphasis added]

REPORT SUMMARY

PEARCE FOR SENATE [pdf] 7/30/2012

1. Total Receipts For This Election Previously Reported $259,597.15

2. All Monetary Contributions Received This Period $52,700.00

8. Total All Receipts This Election $312,297.15

27. Money On Hand at the close of this reporting period $152,082.72

[emphasis added]

Some of the details:

CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED – SUPPLEMENTAL

MCGHEE FOR SENATE 7/30/2012

David Humphreys P.O. Box 4050 Joplin MO 64803 Tamko Building Products 7/2/2012 $50,000.00

Lisa Bailey 8807 N Highway 131 Odessa MO 64076 KAT Construction 7/5/2012 $1,000.00

Missouri Club for Growth P.O. Box 2068 St Louis MO 63158 7/7/2012 $10,000.00

Missouri Club for Growth P.O. Box 2068 St Louis MO 63158 7/13/2012 $10,000.00

Missouri Club for Growth P.O. BOx 2068 St Louis MO 63158 7/20/2012 $20,000.00

A L Hill P.O. Box 460 Blue Springs MO 64013 Self 7/22/2012 $1,000.00

Eileen Bakke 2811 24th St. N Arlington VA 22207 Imagine Schools 7/24/2012 $10,000.00

Missouri Club for Growth P.O. Box 2068 St Louis MO 63158 7/26/2012 $69,665.00

[emphasis added]

That’s so, you know, grassrootsie.

ITEMIZED EXPENDITURES OVER $100 SUPPLEMENTAL FORM

MCGHEE FOR SENATE 7/30/2012

Victory Enterprises

5200 SW 30th St

Suite 7

Davenport IA 52802

7/3/2012

TV & Direct mail $36,894.43

Victory Enterprises

5200 SW 30th St

Suite 7

Davenport IA 52802

7/17/2012

Advertising $17,657.49

Victory Enterpriss

5200 SW 30th St.

Suite 7

Davenport IA 52802

7/24/2012

Advertising $8,772.57

[emphasis added]

Direct mail and cable television.

CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED – SUPPLEMENTAL

PEARCE FOR SENATE 7/30/2012

Missouri Forest Products PAC 611 E. Capitol Ave. Suite 1 Jefferson City MO 65101 7/2/2012 $500.00

MLPA Legislative Fund P.O. Box 1725 Jefferson City MO 65102 7/6/2012 $500.00

Hallmark Cards Inc. P.O. Box 419580 Kansas City MO 64141 7/9/2012 $1,000.00

Missouri Public School Advocates 704 Wildwood Dr. Columbia MO 65203 7/9/2012 $2,000.00

JE Dunn Construction 1001 Locust St. Kansas City MO 64106 7/9/2012 $500.00

Terrence Dunn 1001 Locust St. Kansas City MO 64106 JE DUNN — President 7/9/2012 $1,000.00

Missouri Republican Leadership Council P.O. Box 16737 St. Louis MO 63105 7/9/2012 $10,000.00

Blue Cross Blue Shield of KC PAC P.O. Box 419169 Kansas City MO 64141 7/10/2012 $1,000.00

Missouri ACTE PAC P.O. Box 1865 Jefferson City MO 65102 7/11/2012 $500.00

Consumer Lending Alliance 92 Royster Dr. Crawfordville FL 32327 7/11/2012 $500.00

HUB Inc. 1587 Larkin Williams Fenton MO 63026 7/11/2012 $500.00

St. Louis Teachers COPE Fund 2710 Hampton Ave. St. Louis MO 63139 7/12/2012 $1,000.00

Smithfield Foods Inc. P.O. Box 9004 Smithfield VA 23431 7/16/2012 $500.00

Missouri Freedom P.O. Box 1792 Jefferson City MO 65102 7/16/2012 $2,500.00

Ameren UE PAC P.O. Box 780 Jefferson City MO 65102 7/17/2012 $2,500.00

Missouri Association of Municipal Utilities 1808 I-70 Dr. SW Columbia MO 65203 7/17/2012 $500.00

Coventry Health Care 8320 Ward Pkwy. Kansas City MO 64114 7/17/2012 $750.00

Anheuser Busch Companies One Busch Place 202-8 St. Louis MO 63118 7/17/2012 $1,000.00

MO Optometric PAC 100 E. High St. Suite 301 Jefferson City MO 65101 7/17/2012 $1,000.00

HCA Missouri Good Government Fund P.O. Box 305 Jefferson City MO 65102 7/17/2012 $1,000.00

MO Criminal Defense Lawyers PAC P.O. Box 1543 Jefferson City MO 65102 7/17/2012 $500.00

CenturyLink 220 Madison St. Jefferson City MO 65101 7/18/2012 $2,500.00

American Traffic Solutions 2737 Hereford Ave. St. Louis MO 63139 7/18/2012 $500.00

LeadingAge Missouri 3412 Knipp Dr. Suite 102 Jefferson City MO 65109 7/18/2012 $500.00

Keith Dorsch 8292 Howe Rd. Lexington MO 64067 Self — Farmer 7/19/2012 $1,000.00

HTH Companies 239 Rock Industrial Blvd. Suite 108 Union MO 63084 7/20/2012 $1,500.00

Missouri CPA PAC 540 Maryville Centre Dr. Suite 200 St. Louis MO 63141 7/21/2012 $500.00

Langdon & Emison P.O. Box 220 Lexington MO 64067 7/21/2012 $2,500.00

MO Bev PAC P.O. Box 1865 Jefferson City MO 65102 7/21/2012 $500.00

Engler for Missouri 108 W. Columbia Farmington MO 63640 7/24/2012 $1,000.00

Noranda Aluminum Inc. P.O. Box 70 New Madrid MO 63869 7/25/2012 $4,000.00

Citizens for Jay Wasson P.O. Box 1231 Nixa MO 65714 7/26/2012 $2,500.00

[emphasis added]

And here you though all that money was raised by little old ladies giving $20 a pop.

ITEMIZED EXPENDITURES OVER $100 SUPPLEMENTAL FORM

PEARCE FOR SENATE 7/30/2012

Rocketgroup, LLC

P.O. Box 913

Jefferson City MO 65102

7/1/2012

Signs $1,516.53

American Viewpoint

300 N. Lee St. #400

Alexandria VA 22314

7/1/2012

Polling $17,000.00

The Barklage Company

7925 Clayton Rd

STE 200

St Louis MO 63117

7/2/2012

Consulting $6,000.00

Thompson Communications

200 W. Jefferson St

Marshfield MO 65706

7/16/2012

Media $24,980.00

Thompson Communications

200 W Jefferson St.

Marshfield MO 65706

7/20/2012

Media $22,000.00

Targeted Creative Communications, INC

106 S. Columbus St

Alexandria VA 22314

7/20/2012

Mail $14,291.24

[emphasis added]

That’s a pricey poll you got there, son.

Now it’s just a matter of who can out wingnut who on cable television by next Tuesday.