Mark Powell, the Democratic party nominee in 2004, and Sarah Steelman, the republican incumbent, in 2008 will again face each other in the race for State Treasurer.

Powell is currently Mayor of Arnold.

Democratic Primary – State Treasurer – 2004

Klumb, Jason DEM 205,014 29.3%

Powell, Mark DEM 277,917 39.8%

Abel, Mark C. DEM 216,170 30.9%

General Election – State Treasurer – 2004

Powell, Mark DEM 1,213,769 46.1%

Steelman, Sarah REP 1,342,049 51.0%


Emerson, Lisa J. LIB 59,605 2.3%

Fluharty, Chris CST 17,389 .7%

Powell, who ran a grassroots campaign driving across the state in his trademark family van, was seriously outspent by his opposition in 2004.

Let’s look at the current campaign finance reports from the Missouri Ethics Commission:

Mark Powell has always run the leanest of statewide campaigns:

Committe[e]: CITIZENS TO ELECT MARK POWELL

9. TOTAL ALL RECEIPTS THIS ELECTION(SUM 1B + 7A – 8A ) $35,038.11

28. MONEY ON HAND AT THE CLOSE OF THIS REPORTING PERIOD (SUM 25 + 26 – 27) $8,723.09

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Yep, here’s the van:

Committe[e]: CITIZENS TO ELECT MARK POWELL

Report[ ]Date: 12/31/2007

Gasoline & Auto Expense $591.93

When compared to her opponent, Sarah Steelman probably has the worst dollar to vote ratio of statewide candidates:

Committe[e]: FRIENDS OF STEELMAN

9. TOTAL ALL RECEIPTS THIS ELECTION(SUM 1B + 7A – 8A) $540,684.04

28. MONEY ON HAND AT THE CLOSE OF THIS REPORTING PERIOD (SUM 25 + 26 – 27) $331,156.01

35. TOTAL INDEBTEDNESS AT THE CLOSE OF THIS REPORTING PERIOD

(SUM 29 + 30 + 31 – 32 – 33 – 34) $70,000.00

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Let’s take a look at some of the details.

Detailed Summary of Contributions And Loans Received

Committee: FRIENDS OF STEELMAN

Report Date: 1/15/2008

US Bank Minneapolis, MN 12/11/2007 $1,000.00

UMB Financial Corporation Kansas City, MO 64141 10/17/2007 $1,275.00

First Central Bank Warrensburg, MO 10/03/2007 $500.00

James and Renee Sangster KC, MO UMB Bank 10/18/2007 $1,275.00

Lawrence Smith Kansas City, MO UMB Bank 10/18/2007 $100.00

Greg Bynum Lees Summit, MO First Community Bank 11/03/2007 $100.00

John Harlin Gainesville, MO Century Bank/Exec 10/09/2007 $500.00

Stephen and Cathy Abney Warrensburg, MO FIrst Central Bank 10/10/2007 $100.00

Lawrence Boyd Springfield, MO Bank of Bolivar 11/29/2007 $500.00

Dave Turner Jefferson City, MO Hawthorne Bank 12/05/2007 $100.00

Bank of New Cambria New Cambria, MO 11/26/2007 $100.00

Community Bank of Raymore Raymore, MO 11/27/2007 $100.00

The Bank of Missouri 11/28/2007 $100.00

The Missouri Bank Warrenton, MO 11/27/2007 $100.00

Missouri Independent Bankers Assoc PAC Liberty, MO 64068 12/03/2007 $1,275.00

Central Bank of Kansas City Kansas City, MO 11/21/2007 $100.00

Bank Star of the Leadbelt Park Hills, MO 11/27/2007 $100.00

Jefferson Bank PAC Jefferson City, MO 11/29/2007 $500.00

Metropolitan National Bank Springfield, MO 11/26/2007 $100.00

KCB Bank Kearney, MO 11/21/2007 $100.00

Bank of Bolivar Bolivar, MO 11/27/2007 $100.00

Maries County Bank Vienna, MO 11/23/2007 $250.00

Peoples Bank of Seneca Seneca, MO 11/23/2007 $100.00

First State Bank of ST Robert St Robert, MO 11/20/2007 $250.00

Citizens Bank of Charleston Charleston, MO 11/20/2007 $100.00

Horizon State Bank Cameron, MO 11/20/2007 $100.00

Peoples Bank Cuba, MO 11/30/2007 $250.00

Jonesburg State Bank Jonesburg, MO 11/23/2007 $100.00

Chillicothe State Bank Chillicothe, MO 11/20/2007 $100.00

Legends Bank Linn, MO 11/23/2007 $100.00

[okay, I’m getting tired of cutting and pasting $100 contributions from every freakin’ small bank in the state of Missouri…you get the point]

Gee, a lot of banks and bankers seem to know Sarah Steelman.

Oh, look at this:

David Pearce Warrensburg, MO State Representative 10/15/2007 $403.84 In-Kind

Our aspiring senator and advocate of automotive deer hunting. I wonder if Sarah Steelman supports automotive deer hunting? Could that in-kind contribution be $403.84 worth of road kill deer meat?

Detailed Summary of Expenditures And Contributions Made

Committe[e]: FRIENDS OF STEELMAN

ReportDate: 1/15/2008

Catering Your Way by Lisa St. Louis, MO 63116 12/12/2007 appetizers- 12/12/07-STL $380.25

Well, that is a little less than Mark Powell’s gasoline bill. I bet Mark Powell has met more voters.

There were some refunds of contributions:

Addendum Statement

Committe[e]: FRIENDS OF STEELMAN

Refunds were issued to the following companies and individuals on 12/17/07 (addresses contained in 7/15/07 & 10/15/07 reports): Central Bancompany $23,725; CNS Corporation $8725; Langdon & Emison $8725; Grant Davis $7450; Law Offices of Tim Dollar $3725

Cont’d–Peter Benoist $2450; Rex Sinquefield $2450; Landmark Capital $1225; Beacon Point LLC $225; H.O.G. Properties $225; LAD Properties $225; Col Couer, Inc. $225; Guntax, LLC $225; Patrick Development $225; Civis Corp $1725; Civic Service Inc $1275

TOTAL REFUNDS ISSUED: $62,825.00

If you like a grassroots campaign that runs on an extremely low dollar to vote ratio, then you’ve got to love Mark Powell. If you really believe in the grassroots then you know what you have to do.