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Eric Schmitt (r) has finally decided which statewide office he’s running for in 2016. Apparently he wants to be State Treasurer.

Yesterday, at the Missouri Ethics Commission:

C071320 07/03/2014 SCHMITT FOR MISSOURI Orville J Middendorf #29 Zinzer Ct St Louis MO 63123 Retired 7/3/2014 $5,001.00

C071320 07/03/2014 SCHMITT FOR MISSOURI Western Oil Inc. 3473 Rider Trail South Earth City MO 63045 7/2/2014 $5,001.00

C071320 07/03/2014 SCHMITT FOR MISSOURI Midwest Petroleum 6760 Southwest Ave St louis MO 63143 7/2/2014 $10,000.00

C071320 07/03/2014 SCHMITT FOR MISSOURI David Spence 2021 S Warson Rd St Louis MO 63124 Legacy Pharmaceutical Chief Executive 7/2/2014 $15,000.00

[emphasis added]

And then, later in the day:

C071320 07/03/2014 SCHMITT FOR MISSOURI Rex Sinquefield 244 Bent Walnut Westphalia MO 65085 Retired 7/2/2014 $250,000.00

[emphasis added]

Voila, instant statewide campaign! American participatory democracy has no real need for those small contributions anymore, eh? For the big money folks that’s a feature, not a bug.