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The 30 Day After Election Reports (pdf) from candidates and committees were due on December 4th. There’s always a good chance you’ll run into something interesting when you root around the on-line reports at the Missouri Ethics Commission site.

For instance, there were two open seat legislative races in west central Missouri which looked to be good Democratic pick up opportunities this cycle. The Democratic candidates were excellent (and a sign of strong recruiting). The republican candidates appeared to be rather lackluster. The results in the November General Election were not good, though:

Official Election Returns

State of Missouri General Election  – 2008 General Election

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

As announced by the Board of State Canvassers

on Tuesday, December 02, 2008

State Representative – District 120 – Summary

Precincts Reporting 41 of 41

Largent, Scott N. REP 8,893 51.0%

Kenney, Kristi L. DEM 8,540 49.0%

Total Votes   17,433

Official Election Returns

State of Missouri General Election  – 2008 General Election

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

As announced by the Board of State Canvassers

on Tuesday, December 02, 2008

State Representative – District 121 – Summary

Precincts Reporting 7 of 7

Hoskins, Denny L. REP 7,004 50.5%

Jackson, Jim DEM 6,875 49.5%

Total Votes   13,879

Both Democratic candidates lost by small margins (though the 121st Legislative District race is going to be recounted next week). What happened? Money. Lots of it.

Remember the Missouri Club for Growth back in the August primary? They were at it again in the general election. Let’s take a look at a slice of the pie, via the Missouri Ethics Commission:

Detailed Summary of Expenditures And Contributions Made

Committe[e]: MISSOURI CLUB FOR GROWTH COMMITTEE

Report[ ]Date: 11/5/2008

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

Victory Enterprises Davenport, IA 52802 11/04/2008 Opposition Research $2,200.00

Victory Enterprises Davenport, IA 52802 11/04/2008 Radio Production hd 121 $250.00

Victory Enterprises Davenport, IA 52802 11/04/2008 Radio Production for HD Kenney $250.00

[emphasis added]

Just a reminder:

CONTINUING Date Established:6/6/2008

Date Terminated:

MECID:C081296

MISSOURI CLUB FOR GROWTH COMMITTEE

ST LOUIS MO 63109

TREASURER: ED MARTIN

ST LOUIS MO 63109

[emphasis added]

Detailed Summary of Expenditures And Contributions Made

Committe[e]: MISSOURI CLUB FOR GROWTH COMMITTEE

Report[ ]Date: 10/29/2008

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

Victory Enterprises Davenport, IA 52802 10/28/2008 Radio for Scott Largent, H-120 $1,439.46

Victory Enterprises Davenport, IA 52802 10/28/2008 Radio for D Hoskins, HD 121 $1,556.25

[emphasis added]

Where did all that money come from?:

Detailed Summary of Contributions And Loans Received

Committee: MISSOURI CLUB FOR GROWTH COMMITTEE

Report Date: 10/27/2008

A. ITEMIZED CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED FROM COMMITTEES REGARDLESS OF THE AMOUNT, OR FROM PERSONS GIVING MORE THAN $100 TO A COMMITTEE.

Missouri Club for Growth Columbia, Mo 65201 10/27/2008 50000 [aggregate contribution to date] $25,000.00

[emphasis added]

Detailed Summary of Contributions And Loans Received

Committee: MISSOURI CLUB FOR GROWTH COMMITTEE

Report Date: 10/15/2008

Missouri Club for Growth Columbia, Mo 65201 7/29/2008 $25,000.00

[emphasis added]

There’s something familiar about the name of that contributor. I just can’t quite put my finger on it.

The Missouri Club for Growth incorporated as a non-profit (pdf) in Missouri on September 27, 2007. The Board of Directors at that time? Bob Behnen, Larry Schuster, and Robert Willard. The Missouri Secretary of State also has the 2008 Annual Registration Report (Non Profit) for the Missouri Club for Growth (pdf) filed on July 29, 2008. The Executive Director? Ed Martin. The Board of Directors? Michael J. Crumblis, Rob Willard, Larry Schuster, Robert J. Behnen.

I didn’t happen to notice a 30 Day After Election Report for the fine civic minded namesake committee:

A snapshot of the available on-line Missouri Ethics Commission 2008 campaign finance filings for the Missouri Club for Growth Committee. Taken on December 6, 2008.

Maybe they’re really busy with something else these days. Or, maybe there’s a backlog at the Missouri Ethics Commission.

Hey, Ed Martin, come on down and explain all those expenditures and where the money came from! And once you’re here we’ve got a bunch of questions to ask you about the governor’s e-mails.