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There’s enough material in the October quarterly campaign finance reports available online at the Missouri Ethics Commission to occupy hundreds of curious Internets denizens for months.

In looking at the reports for Michael Gibbons, the lone “name” republican candidate for Attorney General, I was struck by the “burn rate” of his committee, Missourian for Gibbons. That is, the amount of money his committee has already spent.

The Summary of the October report filed on 10/12/07 shows [to date] $389,439.00 in total receipts, $148,326.55 in expenditures, $21,300.00 in contributions, with $220,811.71 on hand. That’s some burn rate. 

The Itemized Expenditure Over $100 Supplemental Form which is part of these reports can also enlighten us as to what caused that hefty burn rate. In addition to the following there are staff costs, supplies, and returned contributions listed.

October 12, 2007 [report]:

Capitol Consulting LLC PO Box 931 Jefferson City MO 65102 09/13/2007 reimburse supplies
$423.95

Capitol Consulting LLC PO Box 931 Jefferson City MO 65102 09/13/2007 independent contractor-fundraiser
$2,500.00

Capitol Consulting LLC PO Box 931 Jefferson City MO 65102 07/20/2007 independent contractor-fundraiser
$2,500.00

Capitol Consulting LLC PO Box 931 Jefferson City MO 65102 07/19/2007 independent contractor-fundraiser
$8,844.70

Capitol Consulting LLC PO Box 931 Jefferson City MO 65102 07/19/2007 reimburse supplies
$614.21

July, 15 2007 [report]:

TAPAWINGO NATIONAL GOLF CLUB 13001 GARY PLAYER DRIVE SUNSET HILLS, MO 63127 06/07/2007 RENTAL FEES
$10,592.85

CAPITOL CONSULTING LLC PO BOX 931 JEFFERSON CITY MO 65102 05/09/2007 IND. CONTRACTOR-FUNDRAISER
$2,500.00

CAPITOL CONSULTING LLC PO BOX 931 JEFFERSON CITY MO 65102 05/09/2007 REIMBURSE SUPPLIES, POSTAGE, PRINTING
$523.15

THE ROCKET GROUP LLC PO BOX 913 JEFFERSON CITY MO 65102  05/15/2007 PRINTING AND DESIGN
$2,686.11

ARISTOTLE INTERNATIONAL INC. 205 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE, SE WASHINGTON DC 20003 05/15/2007 COMPUTER PROGRAM/HOSTING
$2,125.00

ARISTOTLE INTERNATIONAL INC. 205 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE, SE WASHINGTON DC 20003 05/15/2007 COMPUTER PROGRAM/HOSTING
$4,250.00

CAPITOL CONSULTING LLC PO BOX 931 JEFFERSON CITY MO 65109 04/07/2007 IND. CONTRACTOR-FUNDRAISING
$2,500.00

CAPITOL CONSULTING LLC PO BOX 931 JEFFERSON CITY MO 65109 04/07/2007 REIMBURSE SUPPLIES, POSTAGE
$489.91

THE ROCKET GROUP LLC PO BOX 913 JEFFERSON CITY MO 65102 05/15/2007 WEBSITE
$5,714.18

CAPITOL CONSULTING LLC PO BOX 931 JEFFERSON CITY MO 65102 06/05/2007 IND. CONTRACTOR-FUNDRAISER
$2,500.00

CAPITOL CONSULTING LLC PO BOX 931 JEFFERSON CITY MO 65102 06/05/2007 REIMBURSE SUPPLIES, POSTAGE
$1,046.40

I got invited to a golf tournament once, but I didn’t have a set of clubs and I hadn’t played in years. I didn’t get to go.

April 16, 2007 [report]:

CAPITOL CONSULTING LLC PO BOX 931 JEFFERSON CITY MO 65102 03/05/2007 IND. CONTR-FUNDRAISER-JAN/FEB
$5,000.00

CAPITOL CONSULTING LLC PO BOX 931 JEFFERSON CITY MO 65102 03/05/2007 REIMBURSE SUPPLIES, PHONE
$2,671.70

January 15, 2007 [report]

ARISTOTLE INTERNATIONAL INC. 205 PENNSYLVANIA AVE, SE WASHINGTON, DC 20003 10/10/2006 COMPUTER PROGRAM
$9,124.99

CAPITOL CONSULTING LLC PO BOX 921 JEFFERSON CITY, MO 65109 10/13/2006 IND. CONTRACT-FUNDRAISER
$500.00

CAPITOL CONSULTING LLC PO BOX 921 JEFFERSON CITY, MO 65109 10/13/2006 REIMBURSE PHONE
$25.00

CAPITOL CONSULTING LLC PO BOX 921 JEFFERSON CITY MO 65109 12/14/2006 IND. CONTRACT-FUNDRAISER
$1,500.00

CAPITOL CONSULTING LLC PO BOX 921 JEFFERSON CITY MO 65109 12/14/2006 REIMBURSE PHONE
$75.00

That’s a lot of fundraising and computer stuff. Raising money is hard work. And where have we heard of Capitol Consulting before?