On February 5th there will be two Missouri House special elections – in the 16th Legislative District between Democrat Tom Fann and republican Mark Parkinson – and in the 158th Legislative District among Democrat Mike Keefe, republican Mary Kasten, and Libertarian Steve Kinder.

Their 4th quarter reports were discussed here.

Candidates must file an 8 day report with the Missouri Ethics Commission. They did so on January 28th. One can compare not only the amounts of money raised and spent, but where it came from and where it has gone. This can give some insight into campaign strategeries:

In the 16th, Democratic Party candidate Tom Fann:

Detailed Summary of Committee Disclosure Report

Committe[e]: FANN FOR FAMILIES

9. TOTAL ALL RECEIPTS THIS ELECTION(SUM 1B + 7A – 8A) $38,433.33

15. TOTAL EXPENDITURES THIS ELECTION (SUM 10B + 14A) $23,167.64

28. MONEY ON HAND AT THE CLOSE OF THIS REPORTING PERIOD (SUM 25 + 26 – 27) $12,211.71

[emphasis added]

If you’ve got it, spend it. After February 5th there is no tomorrow…

Detailed Summary of Expenditures And Contributions Made

Committe[e]: FANN FOR FAMILIES

Report[ ]Date: 1/28/2008

B. ITEMIZED EXPENDITURES ALL OVER $100 AND ALL PAYMENTS TO CAMPAIGN WORKERS

RESEARCH FOR CHANGE 8998 E 25TH DR DENVER CO 80238 01/02/2008 RESEARCH /VOTER FILES $6,000.00

MARKS QUICK PRINTING 9415 PAGE AVE ST LOUIS MO 63132 01/11/2008 SIGNS $243.05

MAD DOG MAIL 2175 W COUNTY LINE RD STE A DOUGLASVILLE GA 30135 01/01/2008 MAILERS $5,357.80

MAD DOG MAILERS 2175 W COUNTY INE RD STE A DOUGLASVILLE GA 30135 01/05/2008 MAILERS $5,600.00

MUELLER SIGN SHOP 4418 MANCHESTER AVE ST LOUIS MO 63110 01/15/2008 SIGNS $1,200.71

[emphasis added]

The three most important expenditures in a state legislative district campaign (in descending order of importance) are direct mail, direct mail, and…direct mail.

In the 16th, republican Mark Parkinson:

Detailed Summary of Committee Disclosure Report

Committe[e]: CITIZENS FOR MARK PARKINSON

9. TOTAL ALL RECEIPTS THIS ELECTION(SUM 1B + 7A – 8A) $42,297.21

15. TOTAL EXPENDITURES THIS ELECTION (SUM 10B + 14A) $22,793.05

28. MONEY ON HAND AT THE CLOSE OF THIS REPORTING PERIOD (SUM 25 + 26 – 27) $18,722.95

[emphasis added]

Signs, signs, everywhere signs…

Detailed Summary of Expenditures And Contributions Made

Committe[e]: CITIZENS FOR MARK PARKINSON

Report[ ]Date: 1/28/2008

B. ITEMIZED EXPENDITURES ALL OVER $100 AND ALL PAYMENTS TO CAMPAIGN WORKERS

Wholesale Printers of Missouri 212 East Cedar Street Jefferson City, MO 65101 01/10/2008 Sign Expense $5,904.74

Thomson Printing 601 North Kingshighway Saint Charles, MO 63301 01/20/2008 Printing Expense $252.39

Photographic Arts P.O. Box 434 Saint Louis, MO 63088 01/10/2008 Photo Expense $513.00

KSC Mail 4605 Morse Road, Suite 101 Gahanna, OH 43230 01/10/2008 Postage $7,000.00

AT&T Wireless P.O. Box 50553 Dallas, TX 75265 01/14/2008 Phone Expense $124.82

[emphasis added]

In the 158th, Democratic Party candidate Mike Keefe:

Detailed Summary of Committee Disclosure Report

Committe[e]: COMMITTEE TO ELECT MIKE KEEFE

9. TOTAL ALL RECEIPTS THIS ELECTION(SUM 1B + 7A – 8A) $27,302.00

15. TOTAL EXPENDITURES THIS ELECTION (SUM 10B + 14A) $23,212.76

28. MONEY ON HAND AT THE CLOSE OF THIS REPORTING PERIOD (SUM 25 + 26 – 27) $4,089.24

[emphasis added]

Detailed Summary of Expenditures And Contributions Made

Committe[e]: COMMITTEE TO ELECT MIKE KEEFE

Report[ ]Date: 1/28/2008

Southeast Missourian Newspaper, 301 Broadway, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701 01/17/2008 Advertising $1,760.00

Withers Broadcasting Inc. 901 South Kingshighway, Cape Girardeau, MO 63703 01/21/2008 $3,112.00

Mississippi River Radio, 324 Broadway, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701 01/21/2008 Advertising $1,218.00

Zata 3 Consulting, LLC 458 New Jersey Ave, SE Washington DC 20003 01/14/2008 Consultation $750.00

Commercial Mailing Services, 2089 Bessie, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701 01/08/2008 Mailing Services $10,321.49

[emphasis added]

Have I ever mentioned that I hate newspaper advertising as a major campaign expense?

In the 158th, republican Mary Kasten:

Detailed Summary of Committee Disclosure Report

Committe[e]: FRIENDS OF MARY KASTEN

9. TOTAL ALL RECEIPTS THIS ELECTION(SUM 1B + 7A – 8A) $46,240.00

15. TOTAL EXPENDITURES THIS ELECTION (SUM 10B + 14A) $24,675.56

28. MONEY ON HAND AT THE CLOSE OF THIS REPORTING PERIOD (SUM 25 + 26 – 27) $20,714.44

[emphasis added]

Obviously saving all that money for the balloon drop at the election night party…

Detailed Summary of Expenditures And Contributions Made

Committe[e]: FRIENDS OF MARY KASTEN

Report[ ]Date: 1/28/2008

B. ITEMIZED EXPENDITURES ALL OVER $100 AND ALL PAYMENTS TO CAMPAIGN WORKERS

Celebrations PO Box 129 Cape Girardeau, MO 63702 01/04/2008 Catering Expense $3,846.45

Merriwether Investments 400 Broadway Cape Girardeau, MO 63701 01/04/2008 Office Rent $600.00

River Radio 324 Broadway Cape Girardeau, MO 63701 01/04/2008 Political Advertising $2,385.70

Southeast Missourian 301 Broadway Cape Girardeau, MO 63701 01/04/2008 Political Advertising $650.01

Survey St. Louis PO Box 432 St. Charles, MO 63302 01/04/2008 Printing Expense $1,400.00

Cape VFW Post 3838 1049 Kingshighway Cape Girardeau, MO 63701 01/15/2008 Room Deposit $100.00

Postmaster 320 North Frederick Cape Girardeau, MO 63702 01/18/2008 Postage $104.00

[emphasis added]

I swear I made that joke before I saw the detailed expenses.

I suspect there’ll be a direct mail drop somewhere in a 24 hour report.