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I suppose we should have started with this district. Representative Brian Munzlinger (r) is term limited out and there are two individuals who have started raising money for the 2010 open seat race. The district is in the northeast part of the state – east of Kirksville and north of Hannibal. First, let’s take a look at a little electoral history.

Official Election Returns

State of Missouri General Election  – 2008 General Election

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

State Representative – District 1 – Summary

Precincts Reporting 48 of 48

Munzlinger, Brian REP 9,439 61.0%

Cottrell, Keri DEM 6,046 39.0%

Total Votes   15,485

Official Election Returns

State of Missouri General Election  – November 2006 – General Election

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

State Representative – District 1 – Summary

Precincts Reporting 46 of 46

Munzlinger, Brian REP 6,959 54.3%

Hicks, Beau J. DEM 5,847 45.7%

Total Votes   12,806

Another significant difference in the results from a presidential year to an off year election. And in 2010 there’s no incumbent.

Keri Cottrell (D) filed her fourth quarter campaign finance report with the Missouri Ethics Commission on January 14th:

Detailed Summary of Committee Disclosure Report

Committe: KERI COTTRELL FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE 2010

1. TOTAL RECEIPTS FOR THIS ELECTION PREVIOUSLY REPORTED $4,606.81

2. ALL MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED THIS PERIOD $6,571.35

9. TOTAL ALL RECEIPTS THIS ELECTION(SUM 1B + 7A – 8A) $11,178.16

25. MONEY ON HAND AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS REPORTING PERIOD (INCLUDING FUNDS IN DEPOSITORY, CASH, SAVINGS ACCOUNTS AND ALL OTHER INVESTMENTS) $3,375.63

28. MONEY ON HAND AT THE CLOSE OF THIS REPORTING PERIOD (SUM 25 + 26 – 27) $9,807.31

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

[emphasis added]

That’s a good fundraising quarter. Let’s take a look at where the money came from:

Detailed Summary of Contributions And Loans Received

Committee: KERI COTTRELL FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE 2010

Report Date: 1/13/2010

Woman’s Political Caucus EMPAC Ballwin, Missouri 10/03/2009 $300.00

MSTA Legislative Impact Committee Columbia, Missouri 65205 12/11/2009 $5,000.00

Okay, that MSTA (Missouri State Teachers Association) contribution has a big impact. You think the current republican majority in the General Assembly has finally gotten their attention? There are also a number of individual small dollar contributions listed.

Craig Redmon (r) filed his fourth quarter campaign finance report with the Missouri Ethics Commission on January 23rd, after filing his Statement of Committee Organization [pdf] on December 23rd:

Detailed Summary of Committee Disclosure Report

Committe: REDMON FOR REPRESENTATIVE

1. TOTAL RECEIPTS FOR THIS ELECTION PREVIOUSLY REPORTED $0.00

2. ALL MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED THIS PERIOD $0.00

4. MISCELLANEOUS RECEIPTS THIS PERIOD $600.00

25. MONEY ON HAND AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS REPORTING PERIOD (INCLUDING FUNDS IN DEPOSITORY, CASH, SAVINGS ACCOUNTS AND ALL OTHER INVESTMENTS) $0.00

28. MONEY ON HAND AT THE CLOSE OF THIS REPORTING PERIOD (SUM 25 + 26 – 27) $550.00

[emphasis added]

It was for only one week of fundraising in the quarter. Maybe it was a holiday gift? Let’s take a look at where that $600.00 came from:

Detailed Summary of Contributions And Loans Received

Committee: REDMON FOR REPRESENTATIVE

Report Date: 1/23/2010

B. NON-ITEMIZED CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED

13. TOTAL MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED FROM PERSONS GIVING $100 OR LESS $600.00

That’s a nice round number. You think they passed around a hat? Shouldn’t that $600.00 have been reported on line 2 of the Summary? I mean it’s reported here as “monetary contributions”. Just asking.

Given the electoral history and the campaign finance disparities this just might be a race to watch. We’ll see what happens in the fundraising department next quarter.