It’s not the most crowded statewide field in the August primary, but it’s close:

State Treasurer (in ballot order)

Republican

Brad Lager Savannah MO 2/26/2008

Darrel D. Day Springfield MO 3/25/2008

Democratic

Mark Powell Arnold MO 2/26/2008

Clint Zweifel Florissant MO 2/26/2008

Andria Danine Simckes St. Louis MO 2/26/2008

Charles B. Wheeler Kansas City MO 3/13/2008

In an election year with a presidential race and other high profile statewide races sucking the fundraising oxygen out of the state, one could assume that the candidates for treasurer have difficult task ahead of them. We’ll see. First, a little history:

In 2004 it was a really crowded primary:

Official Election Returns

State of Missouri Primary Election

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

State Treasurer – Summary

Klumb, Jason DEM 205,014 29.3%

Powell, Mark DEM 277,917 39.8%

Abel, Mark C. DEM 216,170 30.9%

Boeke, Chet REP 20,702 3.7%

Hanson, Al REP 39,213 7.1%

Pundmann, (Will) William R. REP 26,153 4.7%

Klein, Tom REP 74,431 13.5%

Steelman, Sarah REP 215,384 39.0%

Yeckel, Anita REP 46,713 8.5%

Luetkemeyer, Blaine REP 129,893 23.5%

Emerson, Lisa J. LIB 3,884 100.0%

Total Votes   1,255,474

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Yep. There were seven, count ’em, republicans running in 2004 primary.

The general election was interesting:

Official Election Returns

State of Missouri General Election

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

State Treasurer – Summary

Precincts Reporting 3920 of 3920

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%

Total Votes   2,632,812

Considering the money spent, the results were surprising (or disappointing).

Mark Powell’s (D) “30 Day After General Election” campaign finance report from 2004 filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission:

Detailed Summary of Committee Disclosure Report

Committe: CITIZENS TO ELECT MARK POWELL

9. TOTAL ALL RECEIPTS THIS ELECTION(SUM 1B + 7A – 8A) $115,358.15

15. TOTAL EXPENDITURES THIS ELECTION (SUM 10B + 14A) $124,690.86

28. MONEY ON HAND AT THE CLOSE OF THIS REPORTING PERIOD (SUM 25 + 26 – 27) $209.84

35. TOTAL INDEBTEDNESS AT THE CLOSE OF THIS REPORTING PERIOD (SUM 29 + 30 + 31 – 32 – 33 – 34) $21,000.00

[emphasis added]

Sarah Steelman’s (r) “30 Day After General Election” campaign finance report from 2004 filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission:

Detailed Summary of Committee Disclosure Report

Committe: CITIZENS FOR STEELMAN DEBT RETIREMENT

9. TOTAL ALL RECEIPTS THIS ELECTION(SUM 1B + 7A – 8A) $914,336.30

15. TOTAL EXPENDITURES THIS ELECTION (SUM 10B + 14A) $910,651.09

28. MONEY ON HAND AT THE CLOSE OF THIS REPORTING PERIOD (SUM 25 + 26 – 27) $5,585.69

35. TOTAL INDEBTEDNESS AT THE CLOSE OF THIS REPORTING PERIOD (SUM 29 + 30 + 31 – 32 – 33 – 34) $223,087.10

[emphasis added]

Sarah Steelman’s October 2003 campaign finance report filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission had these gems:

Detailed Summary of Committee Disclosure Report

Committe[e]: CITIZENS FOR STEELMAN DEBT RETIREMENT

1. TOTAL RECEIPTS FOR THIS ELECTION PREVIOUSLY REPORTED $7,600.00

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And this:

Detailed Summary of Supplemental Loan Information

Report[ ]Date: 10/10/2003

I. LOAN RECEIVED

1. NAME AND ADDRESS OF LENDER Sarah Steelman Rolla, MO

2.NAME(S) AND ADDRESS(ES) OF PERSON(S) LIABLE FOR THE LOAN David and Sarah Steelman Rolla, MO

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

4. DATE OF LOAN  09/30/2003

5. AMOUNT OF LOAN $200,000.00

6. ANNUAL RATE OF INTEREST 0%

7. TIME PERIOD OF LOAN (MONTH, YEARS, ETC.) 24 months

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

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Yeah, you got that right. The republican out raised and outspent the Democratic candidate by almost eight to one and still only managed to win by less than 5%. That tells you a lot, eh?

With that in mind, let’s take a look at the current fundraising in this race.

Darrel Day (r) hasn’t filed any campaign finance paper work with the Missouri Ethics Commission as of this writing.

Brad Lager (r) filed his first quarter 2008 campaign finance report with the Missouri Ethics Commission on April 15th:

Detailed Summary of Committee Disclosure Report

Committe[e]: CITIZENS FOR BRAD LAGER

1. TOTAL RECEIPTS FOR THIS ELECTION PREVIOUSLY REPORTED $20,581.74

2. ALL MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED THIS PERIOD $230,045.00

3. ALL LOANS RECEIVED THIS PERIOD $0.00

9. TOTAL ALL RECEIPTS THIS ELECTION(SUM 1B + 7A – 8A) $251,767.18

15. TOTAL EXPENDITURES THIS ELECTION (SUM 10B + 14A) $20,075.83

28. MONEY ON HAND AT THE CLOSE OF THIS REPORTING PERIOD (SUM 25 + 26 – 27) $254,847.83

35. TOTAL INDEBTEDNESS AT THE CLOSE OF THIS REPORTING PERIOD (SUM 29 + 30 + 31 – 32 – 33 – 34) $0.00

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And where did some of that money come from?:

Detailed Summary of Contributions And Loans Received

Committee: CITIZENS FOR BRAD LAGER

Report Date: 4/14/2008

Jeffrey Roe Kansas City MO self – consultant 03/31/2008 $1,350.00

Axiom Strategies LLC Kansas City MO Business 03/31/2008 $1,350.00

30th Rep. Legis. Dist. Com. Smithville MO 03/29/2008 $10,000.00

Rep. 6th Dist Cong. Com. Liberty MO 03/31/2008 $13,450.00

Republican State Com. Jefferson City MO 03/31/2008 $13,450.00

Lathrop & Gage LC Kansas City MO 03/31/2008 $1,350.00

12th Sen. Dist. Com. Maryville MO 03/31/2008 $13,450.00

32nd Rep. Legis. Dist. Com. Kansas City MO 03/31/2008 $11,550.00

30th Rep. Legis. Dist. Com. Smithville MO 03/31/2008 $3,050.00

Platte County Republican Central Committee Kansas City MO 03/31/2008 $13,450.00

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I guess we can assume that the republican state committee isn’t staying neutral in the primary.

Those republican party committees always seem to have a lot of money to give away to their candidates. That’s a lot of cookies to sell at their bake sales. What?

Charles B. Wheeler doesn’t appear to have filed a committee for this race with the Missouri Ethics Commission, though there is a senate committee which terminated on 6/14/06 and a Jackson County Executive committee (debt service) in his name.

Andria Simckes (D) filed her first quarter 2008 campaign finance report with the Missouri Ethics Commission on April 15th:

Detailed Summary of Committee Disclosure Report

Committe[e]: FRIENDS OF ANDRIA DANINE SIMCKES

1. TOTAL RECEIPTS FOR THIS ELECTION PREVIOUSLY REPORTED $18,675.00

2. ALL MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED THIS PERIOD $36,906.00

3. ALL LOANS RECEIVED THIS PERIOD $7,000.00

9. TOTAL ALL RECEIPTS THIS ELECTION(SUM 1B + 7A – 8A) $62,581.00

15. TOTAL EXPENDITURES THIS ELECTION (SUM 10B + 14A) $14,017.97

28. MONEY ON HAND AT THE CLOSE OF THIS REPORTING PERIOD (SUM 25 + 26 – 27) $48,563.03

35. TOTAL INDEBTEDNE
SS AT THE CLOSE OF THIS REPORTING PERIOD (SUM 29 + 30 + 31 – 32 – 33 – 34) $11,000.00

[emphasis added]

Clint Zweifel (D) filed his first quarter 2008 campaign finance report (amended) with the Missouri Ethics Commission on April 15th:

Detailed Summary of Committee Disclosure Report

Committe[e]: CLINT ZWEIFEL FOR TREASURER

1. TOTAL RECEIPTS FOR THIS ELECTION PREVIOUSLY REPORTED $0.00

2. ALL MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED THIS PERIOD $160,391.97

3.ALL LOANS RECEIVED THIS PERIOD $0.00

9. TOTAL ALL RECEIPTS THIS ELECTION(SUM 1B + 7A – 8A) $160,391.97

15. TOTAL EXPENDITURES THIS ELECTION (SUM 10B + 14A) $1,518.54

28. MONEY ON HAND AT THE CLOSE OF THIS REPORTING PERIOD (SUM 25 + 26 – 27) $158,873.43

35. TOTAL INDEBTEDNESS AT THE CLOSE OF THIS REPORTING PERIOD (SUM 29 + 30 + 31 – 32 – 33 – 34) $0.00

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Okay, where did some of that money come from?:

Detailed Summary of Contributions And Loans Received

Committee: CLINT ZWEIFEL FOR TREASURER

Report Date: 4/12/2008

Zweifel for State Representative Florissant MO 63031 03/31/2008 $35,921.97

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There are also a number of contributions from organized labor.

Mark Powell (D) filed his first quarter 2008 campaign finance report with the Missouri Ethics Commission on April 15th:


1. TOTAL RECEIPTS FOR THIS ELECTION PREVIOUSLY REPORTED $35,038.11

2. ALL MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED THIS PERIOD $5,405.00

3. ALL LOANS RECEIVED THIS PERIOD $0.00

9. TOTAL ALL RECEIPTS THIS ELECTION(SUM 1B + 7A – 8A) $40,443.11

15. TOTAL EXPENDITURES THIS ELECTION (SUM 10B + 14A) $11,601.23

28. MONEY ON HAND AT THE CLOSE OF THIS REPORTING PERIOD (SUM 25 + 26 – 27) $11,418.14

35. TOTAL INDEBTEDNESS AT THE CLOSE OF THIS REPORTING PERIOD (SUM 29 + 30 + 31 – 32 – 33 – 34) $18,250.00

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If August 2004 is any lesson to us, it’s that the candidate with the most money, the most newspaper endorsements, and a list of qualifications and experience longer than your arm doesn’t always win in the primary.