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Representative Albert Liese (D) is term limited out, having represented this St. Louis County district for four terms. There are four candidates in the 2010 race (so far) who are filing campaign finance reports with the Missouri Ethics Commission. First. let’s look at the electoral history of the district:

Official Election Returns

State of Missouri General Election  – 2008 General Election

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

State Representative – District 79 – Summary

Precincts Reporting 27 of 27

Liese, Albert (Al) DEM 14,046 100.0%

Total Votes   14,046

Official Election Returns

State of Missouri General Election  – November 2006 – General Election

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

State Representative – District 79 – Summary

Precincts Reporting 33 of 33

Chapin, Robert (Jeff) REP 4,174 31.3%

Liese, Albert J. (Al) DEM 9,148 68.7%

Total Votes   13,322

Official Election Returns

State of Missouri General Election

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

State Representative – District 79 – Summary

Precincts Reporting 22 of 22

Liese, Albert J. (Al) DEM 10,325 59.1%

Fitzgerald, Kathryn S. REP 7,159 40.9%

Total Votes   17,484

Okay, 2004 was a rough year for Democrats in Missouri.

Official Election Returns

State of Missouri General Election  – 11/5/2002

Tuesday, November 05, 2002

State Representative – District 79 – Summary

Liese, Albert J. (Al) DEM 7,160 56.5%

Fitzgerald, Kathryn S. REP 5,521

Total Votes   12,681

Okay, in an open seat race in an off year election things were closer.

Let’s put it this way – in the 79th Legislative District the Democratic candidate is going to get at least 7,000 votes and in a presidential election year the most a republican can hope for is 7,000 votes. The trick for the Democratic candidate is to increase the safety margin.

Let’s take look at those candidate campaign finance reports (in alphabetical order).

Democrat Byron DeLear (no stranger around here) filed his amended fourth quarter campaign report with the Missouri Ethics Commission on January 14th:

Detailed Summary of Committee Disclosure Report

Committe: MISSOURIANS FOR DELEAR

1. TOTAL RECEIPTS FOR THIS ELECTION PREVIOUSLY REPORTED $0.00

2. ALL MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED THIS PERIOD $11,025.00

9. TOTAL ALL RECEIPTS THIS ELECTION(SUM 1B + 7A – 8A) $11,025.00

28. MONEY ON HAND AT THE CLOSE OF THIS REPORTING PERIOD (SUM 25 + 26 – 27) $9,849.92

35. TOTAL INDEBTEDNESS AT THE CLOSE OF THIS REPORTING PERIOD (SUM 29 + 30 + 31 – 32 – 33 – 34) $393.58

[emphasis added]

And where did the money come from?:

Detailed Summary of Contributions And Loans Received

Committee: MISSOURIANS FOR DELEAR

Report Date: 1/14/2010

Ruth Williams St. Louis, MO 10/20/2009 $500.00

Rusty Bias Chesterfield, MO 10/05/2009 $2,000.00

Jeffrey T. Fort Las Vegas, NV 12/13/2009 $2,500.00

Paul Petersen Chicago, IL 12/15/2009 $1,000.00

Natalia Marek Chesterfield, MO 12/18/2009 $1,000.00

Kipp Keller St. Louis, MO 12/28/2009 $3,000.00

Okay, those are a few serious individual contributions in that mix.

Dan Johnson, a republican, filed his fourth quarter campaign finance report with the Missouri Ethics Commission on January 12th:

Detailed Summary of Committee Disclosure Report

Committe: ELECT DAN JOHNSON

1. TOTAL RECEIPTS FOR THIS ELECTION PREVIOUSLY REPORTED $2,115.92

2. ALL MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED THIS PERIOD $2,590.00

9. TOTAL ALL RECEIPTS THIS ELECTION(SUM 1B + 7A – 8A) $3,955.92

15. TOTAL EXPENDITURES THIS ELECTION (SUM 10B + 14A) $1,733.53

21. FUNDS USED FOR REPAYING LOANS THIS PERIOD $750.00

28. MONEY ON HAND AT THE CLOSE OF THIS REPORTING PERIOD (SUM 25 + 26 – 27) $2,222.39

35. TOTAL INDEBTEDNESS AT THE CLOSE OF THIS REPORTING PERIOD (SUM 29 + 30 + 31 – 32 – 33 – 34) $1,065.92

[emphasis added]

And where did the money come from?:

Committee: ELECT DAN JOHNSON

Report Date: 1/12/2010

Grey Eagle Distributors Maryland Heights, MO 63043 11/1/2009 $250.00

Russ Evans Maryland Heights, MO 11/1/2009 $250.00

B. NON-ITEMIZED CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED

13. TOTAL MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED FROM PERSONS GIVING $100 OR LESS $2,090.00

[emphasis added]

Democrat Mary Nichols filed her fourth quarter campaign finance report with the Missouri Ethics Commission on January 12th:

Detailed Summary of Committee Disclosure Report

Committe: MARY NICHOLS FOR STATE REP

1. TOTAL RECEIPTS FOR THIS ELECTION PREVIOUSLY REPORTED $15,000.17

2. ALL MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED THIS PERIOD $9,555.00

9. TOTAL ALL RECEIPTS THIS ELECTION(SUM 1B + 7A – 8A) $26,059.17

28. MONEY ON HAND AT THE CLOSE OF THIS REPORTING PERIOD (SUM 25 + 26 – 27) $19,560.62

35. TOTAL INDEBTEDNESS AT THE CLOSE OF THIS REPORTING PERIOD (SUM 29 + 30 + 31 – 32 – 33 – 34) $10,000.00

And where did the money come from:?

Detailed Summary of Contributions And Loans Received

Committee: MARY NICHOLS FOR STATE REP

Report Date: 1/12/2010

St. Charles County Association of Realtors Poltical Action Committee Charles,Mo. 12/15/2009 $325.00

Citizens for truth in Government O’Fallon, Mo 11/20/2009 $300.00

Grey Eagle Distributors Maryland Heights, Mo. 10/08/2009 $200.00

There’s a number of organized labor and firefighter contributions.

You’d think that Grey Eagle distributors would be good for another fifty bucks.

Steven Sieber, an “Independent”, filed his fourth quarter limited activity [pdf] campaign finance report (contributions and expenditures under $500) with the Missouri Ethics Commission on January 9th.

The primary and general elections are going to be interesting to watch.