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State Representative – District 64

Democratic

Rachel Storch St. Louis MO 2/26/2008

Michael (Mike) Roberts Jr. St. Louis MO 3/25/2008

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Note that there are no republicans. Michael Roberts filed on the last day of the candidate filing period. So, why is he running?

Rachel Storch is the incumbent. Michael Roberts is the primary challenger. The August 5th primary is for all the marbles.

Let’s look at Rachel Storch’s first quarter campaign finance report filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission on July 14th.

Detailed Summary of Committee Disclosure Report

Committe[e]: RACHEL STORCH FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE

25. MONEY ON HAND AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS REPORTING PERIOD (INCLUDING FUNDS IN DEPOSITORY, CASH, SAVINGS ACCOUNTS AND ALL OTHER INVESTMENTS) $23,186.97

26. MONETARY RECEIPTS THIS PERIOD (FROM ITEM 5) $1,309.60

28. MONEY ON HAND AT THE CLOSE OF THIS REPORTING PERIOD (SUM 25 + 26 – 27) $21,716.48

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Oh my. Oh my. That’s not a big fundraising quarter.

Okay, let’s look at Rachel Storch’s amended second quarter campaign finance report filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission on July 16th.

Detailed Summary of Committee Disclosure Report

Committe[e]: RACHEL STORCH FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE

2. ALL MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED THIS PERIOD $54,841.00

27. MONETARY DISBURSEMENTS MADE THIS PERIOD (SUM 11 + 17 + 24) $14,919.25

28. MONEY ON HAND AT THE CLOSE OF THIS REPORTING PERIOD (SUM 25 + 26 – 27) $61,638.23

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Raising almost $55,000.00 in a quarter is good thing in anyone’s book. In looking at the contributions I didn’t note anything out of the ordinary for an incumbent state representative – individual contributions and a few PACs, no large political committee contributions.

Let’s look at Rachel Storch’s expenditures.

Detailed Summary of Expenditures And Contributions Made

Committe: RACHEL STORCH FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE

ReportDate: 7/15/2008

3rd Coast Research  Chicago, IL 04/17/2008 Research $3,750.00

PQ Design Group St. Louis, MO 06/14/2008 Literature Design $540.75

Advertisers Printing Co. St. Louis, MO 06/14/2008 Literature Printing $1,508.38

That and campaign worker expenses.

Let’s take a look at Michael Robert’s second quarter campaign finance report campaign finance report filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission on July 15th.

Detailed Summary of Committee Disclosure Report

Committe[e]: MIKE ROBERTS JR FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE

1. TOTAL RECEIPTS FOR THIS ELECTION PREVIOUSLY REPORTED $0.00

2. ALL MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED THIS PERIOD $7,720.00

3. ALL LOANS RECEIVED THIS PERIOD $56,000.00

9. TOTAL ALL RECEIPTS THIS ELECTION(SUM 1B + 7A – 8A) $63,720.00

15. TOTAL EXPENDITURES THIS ELECTION (SUM 10B + 14A) $51,478.68

28. MONEY ON HAND AT THE CLOSE OF THIS REPORTING PERIOD (SUM 25 + 26 – 27) $12,241.32

That’s some burn rate.

Okay. Who made the loan? Actually, there are three loans:

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

MICHAEL V. ROBERTS JR.

4. DATE OF LOAN 04/07/2008

5. AMOUNT OF LOAN $11,000.00

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

Michael V. Roberts Jr.

4. DATE OF LOAN 05/09/2008

5. AMOUNT OF LOAN $20,000.00

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

Michael V. Roberts Jr.

4. DATE OF LOAN 05/27/2008

5. AMOUNT OF LOAN $25,000.00

Let’s take a look at the expenditures:

Detailed Summary of Expenditures And Contributions Made

Committe[e]: MIKE ROBERTS JR FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE

Report[ ]Date: 7/15/2008

CBS Outdoors  St. Louis, MO 06/02/2008 Advertising $25,000.00

Is that billboards? Other stuff? And consultant costs.

This one looks like it’s about different philosophies on how one goes about campaigning. We’ll know the results on August 5th.