I caught this in the dead trees edition of today’s Kansas City Star:

Posted on Tue, Apr. 15, 2008 10:15 PM

Nixon takes lead in funding

By STEVE KRASKE

The Kansas City Star

…Nixon’s take raised his cash-on-hand total to $2.7 million.

Steelman and Hulshof entered the race only after Blunt’s unexpected withdrawal on Jan. 22. Neither had a full quarter to raise money

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Spin is spin. Sure, Kenny Hulshof had to dump his federal money…but Sarah Steelman didn’t have a full quarter? Come on.

Sarah Steelman’s first quarter 2008 campaign finance report was filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission on April 15th:

Detailed Summary of Committee Disclosure Report

Committe: FRIENDS OF STEELMAN

1. TOTAL RECEIPTS FOR THIS ELECTION PREVIOUSLY REPORTED $540,684.04

2. ALL MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED THIS PERIOD $655,603.00

3. ALL LOANS RECEIVED THIS PERIOD $500,000.00

4. MISCELLANEOUS RECEIPTS THIS PERIOD $0.00

5. SUBTOTAL MONETARY RECEIPTS THIS PERIOD ( SUM 2A + 3A + 4A ) $1,155,603.00

6. IN-KIND CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED THIS PERIOD $3,500.00

7. TOTAL ALL RECEIPTS THIS PERIOD (SUM 5A + 6A) $1,159,103.00

8. FUNDS USED FOR REPAYING LOANS THIS PERIOD $0.00

9. TOTAL ALL RECEIPTS THIS ELECTION(SUM 1B + 7A – 8A) $1,699,787.04

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Did you see line 1? That’s money that was raised before this quarter. Sarah Steelman always had a “…full quarter to raise money.” Not quite the way these things get reported by stenographers, eh?

By the way, did you notice that Sarah Steelman loaned her campaign a half million dollars?

Detailed Summary of Supplemental Loan Information

Committe:

ReportDate: 04/15/2008

I. LOAN RECEIVED

1. NAME AND ADDRESS OF LENDER

Sarah Steelman Rolla , MO 65401

THERE ARE NO NAME(S) AND ADDRESS(ES) OF PERSON(S) LIABLE FOR THE LOAN ENTERED

3. LOAN I.D. NUMBER (IF ANY) 753086898

4. DATE OF LOAN 03/31/2008

5. AMOUNT OF LOAN $500,000.00

6. ANNUAL RATE OF INTEREST 0%

7. TIME PERIOD OF LOAN (MONTH, YEARS, ETC.) 9 Days

8. DESCRIBE REPAYMENT SCHEDULE (MONTHLY, SEMI-ANNUALLY, ETC.)None Entered

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Uh, did you notice the “time period of loan”? Nine days? Who loans their campaign money for nine days on the last day of the quarter? Looking at the rest of the numbers it doesn’t appear to be a cash flow problem. Other than that it appears to be a tad bit ‘o campaign finance report padding.

Let’s look when this committee first started to actually raise money:

Date Established:8/29/2005

Date Terminated:

COMMITTEE: MECID:C051186

FRIENDS OF STEELMAN

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This is how the Associated Press reported on the story:

…Democrat Jay Nixon raised more money than either of his likely Republican gubernatorial opponents in the past quarter, though Republicans Kenny Hulshof and Sarah Steelman each took in hundreds of thousands of dollars after their late entry into the race

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Yep. It isn’t a subtle line between reporting and stenography. And the difference ain’t pretty.