Campaign finance reports are flying fast and furious into the Missouri Ethics Commission. Going through the mass of them quickly in any detail is like trying to take a delicate sip from a fire hose. It just ain’t gonna happen in a way that looks elegant.

The 121st Legislative District is an open seat. It includes the cities of Warrensburg, Holden, and Knob Noster in Johnson County.

The candidates in the 121st Legislative District are republicans Denny L. Hoskins and Steven R. Hedrick  and Democrats Jim Jackson, Anthony (Art) Arton, and Jeffrey Alvarado.

Steven Hedrick (r) filed an Exemption Statement Of Limited Activity For A Candidate Who Filed Statement of Exemption with the Missouri Ethics Commission on April 10th – he did not raise nor did he spend more than $500.00. He had filed an exemption [pdf] with the commission on March 29, 2008.

Denny Hoskins (r) filed his first quarter 2008 campaign finance report with the Missouri Ethics Commission on April 14th:

Detailed Summary of Committee Disclosure Report

Committee[e]: DENNY HOSKINS 2008

2. ALL MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED THIS PERIOD  $7,975.00

3. ALL LOANS RECEIVED THIS PERIOD $1,000.00

6. IN-KIND CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED THIS PERIOD $1,300.00

9. TOTAL ALL RECEIPTS THIS ELECTION(SUM 1B + 7A – 8A) $10,275.00

15. TOTAL EXPENDITURES THIS ELECTION (SUM 10B + 14A)$1,262.14

28. MONEY ON HAND AT THE CLOSE OF THIS REPORTING PERIOD (SUM 25 + 26 – 27) $7,712.86

[emphasis added]

How’d he raise some of that money?:

Detailed Summary of Fund-Raising Statement

Committee[e]: [Denny Hoskins 2008]

1. NAME AND ADDRESS OF CANDIDATE OR COMMITTEE FOR WHOM FUNDS WERE RAISED DENNY HOSKINS 2008

2. LOCATION OF ACTIVITY OR EVENT:  NAME AND ADDRESS DEBBIE ARWOOD WARRENSBURG, MO

3. DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITY OR EVENT AND FUND-RAISING METHODS USED MEET & GREET – APPETIZERS

4. DATE OF ACTIVITY OR EVENT 03/28/2008

5. NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS 50

6. NAME AND ADDRESS OF PERSON CONDUCTING ACTIVITY OR EVENT DEBBIE ARWOOD WARRENSBURG, MO

8. TOTAL CONTRIBUTIONS ($100 OR LESS PER PERSON) FROM PERSONS WHOSE NAMES AND ADDRESSES COULD NOT BE OBTAINED $845.00

9. TOTAL CONTRIBUTIONS FROM PERSONS WHOSE NAME AND ADDRESSES ARE CONTAINED IN COMMITTEE RECORDS $650.00

10. GROSS RECEIPTS FROM ACTIVITY OR EVENT (SUM 8 AND 9) $1,495.00

11. EXPLAIN WHY NAMES AND ADDRESSES OF PERSONS CONTRIBUTING $25 OR LESS COULD NOT BE OBTAINED

WE DID NOT SUBMIT NAMES OF CONTRIBUTORS DONATING $100 OR LESS.

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Not exactly a groundswell of support, eh?

Then again, he loaned himself some money:

Detailed Summary of Supplemental Loan Information

Committee[e]: [Denny Hoskins 2008]

I. LOAN RECEIVED

1. NAME AND ADDRESS OF LENDER

DENNY HOSKINS WARRENSBURG, MO

2.NAME(S) AND ADDRESS(ES) OF PERSON(S) LIABLE FOR THE LOAN

DENNY HOSKINS WARRENSBURG, MO

3. LOAN I.D. NUMBER (IF ANY)

4. DATE OF LOAN

03/27/2008

5. AMOUNT OF LOAN $1,000.00

6. ANNUAL RATE OF INTEREST 5%

7. TIME PERIOD OF LOAN (MONTH, YEARS, ETC.) 12 MONTHS

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

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And then he got people to actually write checks:

Detailed Summary of Contributions And Loans Received

Committee: DENNY HOSKINS 2008

Report Date: 4/13/2008

RBM&B, LLC WARRENSBURG, MO RENTAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT 01/27/2008 $150.00

DONNA HOSKINS JEFFERSON CITY, MO  RETIRED 01/26/2008 $325.00 Monetary

BARRY HOSKINS  JEFFERSON CITY, MO  RETIRED 01/26/2008 $325.00 Monetary

HOS PROPERTIES, LLC WARRENSBURG, MO  PROPERTY MANAGEMENT 03/31/2008 $325.00 Monetary

BRIAN HOSKINS BONNOTS MILL, MO  LOAN OFFICER 02/11/2008 $325.00 Monetary

MELISSA HOSKINS BONNOTS MILL, MO  BANK TELLER 02/11/2008 $175.00 Monetary

MICHELLE HOSKINS WARRENSBURG, MO  ADVERTISING 03/31/2008 $325.00 Monetary

FRATERNITY INVESTMENTS, LLC  WARRENSBURG, MO  PROPERTY MANAGEMENT 03/27/2008 $325.00 Monetary

N.U. SOCIETY  WARRENSBURG, MO 64093 03/28/2008 $325.00 In-Kind

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Okay, there’s a lot of people named “Hoskins” and some corporate entities in there.

Let’s take a look at some of those entities:

HOS PROPERTIES, L.L.C. Legal

Limited Liability Company – Domestic – Information

Charter Number: LC0079371

Status: Active

Entity Creation Date: 3/5/2003

State of Business.: MO

Expiration Date: 01/05/2090

Registered Agent

Agent Name: BRIAN G. HOSKINS

Office Address:

LOOSE CREEK MO

Mailing Address:

Organizers

Name: BRIAN G. HOSKINS

Address:

LOOSE CREEK MO

Okay…

FRATERNITY INVESTMENTS, L.L.C. Legal

Limited Liability Company – Domestic – Information

Charter Number: LC0756624

Status: Active

Entity Creation Date: 8/7/2006

State of Business.: MO

Expiration Date: 12/31/2056

Registered Agent

Agent Name: Hoskins, Brian G.

Office Address:

Linn MO

The names of the corporate organizers for Fraternity Investments LLC?: Brian G. Hoskins of Linn, MO and Denny L. Hoskins of Warrensburg, MO.

Detailed Summary of Contributions And Loans Received

Committee: DENNY HOSKINS 2008

Report Date: 4/13/2008

STEPHANIE COLVIN WARRENSBURG, MO 02/28/2008 $325.00 In-Kind

That name and address seems familiar:

Name   Name Type

RBM & B, L.L.C. Legal

Limited Liability Company – Domestic – Information

Charter Number: LC0761583

Status: Active

Entity Creation Date: 8/30/2006

State of Business.: MO

Expiration Date: 12/31/2056

Registered Agent

Agent Name: Colvin, Bill

Office Address:

Warrensburg MO

You know, that looks like the same hand full of people just writing checks. Not very “grass rootsie”, eh? It’s just all so republican. And what about those “in kind” contributions? What’s with that?

Democrats do these things a little differently.

Jeffrey Alvarado (D) filed a Limited Activity Report with the Missouri Ethics Commission on April 10th – he did not raise, nor did he spend more than $500.00.

Anthony Arton (D) filed his first quarter 2008 campaign finance report with the Missouri Ethics Commission on April 13th:

Detailed Summary of Committee Disclosure Report

Committee[e]: ARTON 08

1. TOTAL RECEIPTS FOR THIS ELECTION PREVIOUSLY REPORTED  $1,775.00

2. ALL MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED THIS PERIOD  $635.00

6. IN-KIND CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED THIS PERIOD $213.40

9. TOTAL ALL RECEIPTS THIS ELECTION(SUM 1B + 7A – 8A) $2,623.40

15. TOTAL EXPENDITURES THIS ELECTION (SUM 10B + 14A) $973.76

28. MONEY ON HAND AT THE CLOSE OF THI
S REPORTING PERIOD (SUM 25 + 26 – 27) $1,176.24

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Jim Jackson’s (D) first quarter 2008 campaign finance report was filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission on April 15th:

Detailed Summary of Committee Disclosure Report

Committee[e]: JIM JACKSON 2008

1. TOTAL RECEIPTS FOR THIS ELECTION PREVIOUSLY REPORTED  $5,920.00

2. ALL MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED THIS PERIOD  $5,515.00

9. TOTAL ALL RECEIPTS THIS ELECTION(SUM 1B + 7A – 8A) $11,435.00

15. TOTAL EXPENDITURES THIS ELECTION (SUM 10B + 14A) $1,969.18

28. MONEY ON HAND AT THE CLOSE OF THIS REPORTING PERIOD (SUM 25 + 26 – 27) $9,465.82

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At this point the Democratic candidates don’t have any PAC or corporate contributions. Just, you know, a lot of individuals who want to help them out in their run for office. There is quite a difference.