It always pays to follow the money.

David Pearce (r-121), an announced candidate for the open seat in the 31st Senate District and advocate of automotive deer hunting, filed his fourth quarter campaign finance report with the Missouri Ethics Commission. While the general numbers are interesting, the details are even more so.

Chris Benjamin, who announced his run for the seat in the 31st District as a new member of the Democratic Party, filed his statement of committee organization [pdf] with the Missouri Ethics Commission. He will not have a campaign finance filing until the end of the first quarter this year (after March 31st).

Here’s the big picture:

Committee[e]: PEARCE 08

1. TOTAL RECEIPTS FOR THIS ELECTION PREVIOUSLY REPORTED $52,243.29

2. ALL MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED THIS PERIOD $23,735.00

3. ALL LOANS RECEIVED THIS PERIOD $22,000.00

5. SUBTOTAL MONETARY RECEIPTS THIS PERIOD ( SUM 2A + 3A + 4A ) $45,735.00

6. IN-KIND CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED THIS PERIOD $2,971.77

7. TOTAL ALL RECEIPTS THIS PERIOD (SUM 5A + 6A) $48,706.77

8. FUNDS USED FOR REPAYING LOANS THIS PERIOD $0.00

9. TOTAL ALL RECEIPTS THIS ELECTION(SUM 1B + 7A – 8A) $100,950.06

15. TOTAL EXPENDITURES THIS ELECTION (SUM 10B + 14A) $14,712.36

28. MONEY ON HAND AT THE CLOSE OF THIS REPORTING PERIOD (SUM 25 + 26 – 27) $90,965.90

30. LOANS RECEIVED THIS PERIOD $22,000.00

35. TOTAL INDEBTEDNESS AT THE CLOSE OF THIS REPORTING PERIOD

(SUM 29 + 30 + 31 – 32 – 33 – 34) $25,000.00

[emphasis added]

“…2. ALL MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED THIS PERIOD $23,735.00…” Not exactly tearing up the pavement for an open seat senate race, eh?

Hmmm. $25,000.00 in total loans, $22,000.00 in the 4th quarter:

Detailed Summary of Supplemental Loan Information

ReportDate: 1/15/2008

I. LOAN RECEIVED

1. NAME AND ADDRESS OF LENDER David Pearce….Warrensburg, MO 64093

2.NAME(S) AND ADDRESS(ES) OF PERSON(S) LIABLE FOR THE LOAN David Pearce….Warrensburg, MO 64093

4. DATE OF LOAN 12/31/2007

5. AMOUNT OF LOAN $22,000.00

6. ANNUAL RATE OF INTEREST 5%

7. TIME PERIOD OF LOAN (MONTH, YEARS, ETC.) 2 years

8. DESCRIBE REPAYMENT SCHEDULE (MONTHLY, SEMI-ANNUALLY, ETC.) annual

The fundraising isn’t going too well, eh?

This is interesting. Very interesting. Very, very, interesting:

Alliance for Business and Technical Education – 101 E High St Jefferson City MO 65101 12/31/2007 $300.00

Alliance for Elderly Healthcare – 101 E High St Jefferson City MO 65101 12/31/2007 $300.00

Citizens for Insurance Reform – 101 E High St Jefferson City MO 65101 12/31/2007 $300.00

Citizens for New Healthcare Concepts – 101 E High St Jefferson City MO 65101 12/31/2007 $300.00

Coalition for Advanced Learning – 101 E High St Jefferson City MO 65101 12/31/2007 $300.00

[emphasis added]

That’s one seriously crowded building, don’t you think? It must have been a really busy place on New Year’s Eve, what with all that last minute check cutting going on…

So, I looked up the campaign finance filing for one of these organizations (ain’t the Internets grand?) at the Missouri Ethics Commission – Lo, and behold…

MECID:C051260  

ALLIANCE FOR BUSINESS AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION

101 EAST HIGH STREET

And this is in their 4th quarter report:

Committe[e]: ALLIANCE FOR BUSINESS AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION

16. TOTAL CONTRIBUTIONS MADE FOR THIS ELECTION PREVIOUSLY REPORTED $0.00

17. ALL MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS MADE THIS PERIOD $0.00

18. ALL IN-KIND CONTRIBUTIONS MADE THIS PERIOD $0.00

19. TOTAL ALL CONTRIBUTIONS MADE THIS PERIOD (SUM 17A + 18A) $0.00

20. TOTAL ALL CONTRIBUTIONS MADE THIS ELECTION (SUM 16B + 19A) $0.00

[emphasis added]

Oopsie. What’s wrong with this picture?

Well, okay, let’s take a look at those other committees at the same address who made contributions on the same date.

MECID:C051251  

ALLIANCE FOR ELDERLY HEALTH CARE

101 EAST HIGH STREET

And this is in their fourth quarter report:

Committe[e]: ALLIANCE FOR ELDERLY HEALTH CARE

16. TOTAL CONTRIBUTIONS MADE FOR THIS ELECTION PREVIOUSLY REPORTED $0.00

17. ALL MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS MADE THIS PERIOD $0.00

18. ALL IN-KIND CONTRIBUTIONS MADE THIS PERIOD $0.00

19. TOTAL ALL CONTRIBUTIONS MADE THIS PERIOD (SUM 17A + 18A) $0.00

20. TOTAL ALL CONTRIBUTIONS MADE THIS ELECTION (SUM 16B + 19A) $0.00

[emphasis added]

Okay, am I missing something here? Did I go to the wrong place? Does somebody else want to check this out?

Here’s another:

MECID:C051257  

CITIZENS FOR INSURANCE REFORM

101 EAST HIGH STREET

And this is in their fourth quarter report:

Committe[e]: CITIZENS FOR INSURANCE REFORM

ReportDate: 1/9/2008

C. MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS MADE (REGARDLESS OF AMOUNT)

35th Republican Legislative District Committee 10/04/2007 $500.00

Friends of Shane Schoeller 10/11/2007 $325.00

Monetary

Citizens for Jeff Grisamore 12/31/2007 $325.00

Monetary

(25. TOTAL: MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS MADE THIS PERIOD: $1,150.00)

26. IF COMMITTEE MADE ANY LOANS THIS PERIOD, LIST AMOUNT $0.00

27. TOTAL: ALL MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS AND LOANS MADE THIS PERIOD (SUM 25 + 26) $1,150.00

28. TOTOAL: IN-KIND CONTRIBUTIONS THIS PERIOD, LIST AMOUNT $0.00

Here’s the next one:

MECID:C051259  

CITIZENS FOR NEW HEALTH CARE CONCEPTS

101 EAST HIGH STREET

And this is in their fourth quarter report:

Committe[e]: CITIZENS FOR NEW HEALTH CARE CONCEPTS

ReportDate: 1/9/2008

C. MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS MADE (REGARDLESS OF AMOUNT)

Committee to Reelect Vicki A. Schneider for State Rep 12/14/2007 $325.00

Missourians for Gibbons 12/28/2007 $1,250.00

(25. TOTAL: MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS MADE THIS PERIOD: $1,575.00)

26. IF COMMITTEE MADE ANY LOANS THIS PERIOD, LIST AMOUNT $0.00

27. TOTAL: ALL MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS AND LOANS MADE THIS PERIOD (SUM 25 + 26) $1,575.00

28. TOTOAL: IN-KIND CONTRIBUTIONS THIS PERIOD, LIST AMOUNT $0.00

[emphasis added]

Okay, there’s nothing about Pearce 08 in there. Is there? Am I missing something?

And the final one:

MECID:C051258  

COALITION FOR ADVANCED LEARNING

101 EAST HIGH STREET

And here is their fourth quarter report:

Committe[e]: COALITION FOR ADVANCED LEARNING

ReportDate: 1/9/2008

C. MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS MADE (REGARDLESS OF AMOUNT)

Harris for Missouri 11/19/2007 $500.00

Stouffer for State Senate 11/19/2007 $650.00

Committee to Reelect Vicki A. Schneider for State Rep 12/14/2007 $325.00

(25. TOTAL: MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS MADE THIS PERIOD: $1,475.00)

26. IF COMMITTEE MADE ANY LOANS THIS PERIOD, LIST AMOUNT $0.00

27. TOTAL: ALL MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS AND LOANS MADE THIS PERIOD (SUM 25 + 26) $1,475.00

28. TOTOAL: IN-KIND CONTRIBUTIONS THIS PERIOD, LIST AMOUNT $0.00

I checked out one of the candidate committees listed:

MECID:C041402  

COMMITTEE TO REELECT VICKI A SCHNEIDER FOR STATE REP

OFFICE SOUGHT: STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 17 –

Date of Election:8/5/2008

Political Party:REPUBLICAN

[emphasis added]

And there they are:

Committee: COMMITTEE TO REELECT VICKI A SCHNEIDER FOR STATE REP

Report Date: 1/15/2008

CITIZENS FOR NEW HEALTH CARE CONCEPTS 101 E HIGH STREET JEFFERSON CITY, MO 65101 12/14/2007 $325.00

COALITION FOR ADVANCED LEARNING 101 E HIGH STREET JEFFERSON CITY, MO 65101 12/14/2007 $325.00

[emphasis added]

Why these apparent discrepancies in Pearce’s campaign finance report?

What, money from members of the bar? (this one is almost an afterthought):

MO Organization of Defense Lawyers PAC P.O. Box 1069 Jefferson City MO 65102 12/20/2007 $650.00

This might explain that little item:

…Membership in the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers is open to Missouri lawyers who devote a substantial amount of their time to the representation of defendants and potential defendants in civil litigation either as trial lawyers or as lawyers otherwise directly involved with the defense of civil litigation…

…To take appropriate action where possible to insure that defendants in our civil justice system receive fair and impartial treatment by juries, the judiciary and the legislature…

Aha. They represent people who get sued by someone. I wonder if that’s people like insurance companies?