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Democrat John Bullard and republican Jeanie Lauer are candidates currently raising money in the open seat race for the 54th Legislative District. The district encompasses Blue Springs in Jackson County. The current occupant, Gary Dusenburg (r) is term limited out.

Previous election results in the district:

Official Election Returns

State of Missouri General Election  – 2008 General Election

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

State Representative – District 54 – Summary

Precincts Reporting 27 of 27

Dusenberg, Gary REP 12,934 61.0%

Matzeder, Mark D. DEM 7,630 36.0%

Foster, Bobby LIB 626 3.0%

Total Votes   21,190

Official Election Returns

State of Missouri General Election  – November 2006 – General Election

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

State Representative – District 54 – Summary

Precincts Reporting 29 of 29

Dusenberg, Gary REP 9,184 60.2%

Matzeder, Mark DEM 6,078 39.8%

Total Votes   15,262

Official Election Returns

State of Missouri General Election

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

State Representative – District 54 – Summary

Precincts Reporting 30 of 30

Dusenberg, Gary REP 15,995 100.0%

Total Votes   15,995

Official Election Returns

State of Missouri General Election  – 11/5/2002

Tuesday, November 05, 2002

State Representative – District 54 – Summary

Leavitt, Troy DEM 5,238 41.8%

Dusenberg, Gary REP 7,287 58.2%

Total Votes   12,525

Official Election Returns

State of Missouri General Election

Tuesday, November 07, 2000

State Representative – District 54 – Summary

Costigan, Dennis DEM 7,302 38.9%

Lograsso, Don REP 11,450 61.1%

Total Votes   18,752

2002, an off year election, was the most competitive. At least the Democratic candidate in 2006 and 2008 kept several thousand Democratic voters from voting for a republican by giving them an alternative.

John Bullard filed his fourth quarter campaign finance report with the Missouri Ethics Commission on January 15th:

Detailed Summary of Committee Disclosure Report

Committe: CITIZENS FOR JOHN BULLARD

1. TOTAL RECEIPTS FOR THIS ELECTION PREVIOUSLY REPORTED $33,544.33

2. ALL MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED THIS PERIOD $4,650.00

9. TOTAL ALL RECEIPTS THIS ELECTION(SUM 1B + 7A – 8A) $38,504.30

28. MONEY ON HAND AT THE CLOSE OF THIS REPORTING PERIOD (SUM 25 + 26 – 27) $28,857.42

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Okay, those are good numbers. Let’s look at where the money came from:

Detailed Summary of Contributions And Loans Received

Committee: CITIZENS FOR JOHN BULLARD

Report Date: 01/15/2010

Ameristar Casino Kansas City, Inc. Kansas City, MO 12/02/2009 $150.00

Ameristar Casino St. Charles Saint Charles, MO 12/02/2009 $150.00

Citizens for Mike Talboy Kansas City, MO 12/28/2009 $300.00

Committee to Elect Jeff Roorda Barnhart, MO 12/30/2009 $400.00

Working Families for Missouri Independence, MO 12/20/2009 $1,000.00

And there are contributions from individuals (some attorneys) and organized labor.

Jeanie Lauer (r) filed her fourth quarter campaign finance report with the Missouri Ethics Commission on January 7th:

Detailed Summary of Committee Disclosure Report

Committe: CITIZENS FOR JEANIE LAUER

1. TOTAL RECEIPTS FOR THIS ELECTION PREVIOUSLY REPORTED $737.56

2. ALL MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED THIS PERIOD $5,535.00

9. TOTAL ALL RECEIPTS THIS ELECTION(SUM 1B + 7A – 8A) $6,272.56

15. TOTAL EXPENDITURES THIS ELECTION (SUM 10B + 14A) $2,022.84

28. MONEY ON HAND AT THE CLOSE OF THIS REPORTING PERIOD (SUM 25 + 26 – 27) $4,249.72

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Not as much, eh? And there’s that relatively high “burn rate” again.

Let’s see where the money came from:

Detailed Summary of Contributions And Loans Received

Committee: CITIZENS FOR JEANIE LAUER

Report Date: 1/7/2010

Beco Properties Blue Springs, MO 10/09/2009 $1,000.00

Blue Springs Ford Blue Springs, MO 11/24/2009 $250.00

Colonial Nursery Blue Springs, MO 11/06/2009 $500.00

12. TOTAL ANONYMOUS CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED FROM PERSONS GIVING $25 OR LESS $130.00

13. TOTAL MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED FROM PERSONS GIVING $100 OR LESS $2,855.00

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There’s going to have to be a lot of catching up before there’s parity. But then again, doesn’t it seem that republican candidates always have the money they need by the end of the cycle?