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There are three candidates (one Democrat and two republicans) in the open seat race in the 113th Legislative District. The district includes part of Jefferson City.

State Representative – District 113

Democrat

CYRUS (CY) DASHTAKI JEFFERSON CITY MO 3/30/2010

Republican

DAN KLINDT JEFFERSON CITY MO 139 2/23/2010

MIKE BERNSKOETTER JEFFERSON CITY MO 954 2/23/2010

Cy Dashtaki, the Democratic Party candidate, filed his first quarter campaign finance report with the Missouri Ethics Commission on April 15th:

Detailed Summary of Committee Disclosure Report

Committe: MISSOURIANS FOR DASHTAKI

ReportDate:

1. TOTAL RECEIPTS FOR THIS ELECTION PREVIOUSLY REPORTED $21,445.00

2. ALL MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED THIS PERIOD $10,155.00

9. TOTAL ALL RECEIPTS THIS ELECTION(SUM 1B + 7A – 8A) $32,347.12

15. TOTAL EXPENDITURES THIS ELECTION (SUM 10B + 14A) $2,814.97

28. MONEY ON HAND AT THE CLOSE OF THIS REPORTING PERIOD (SUM 25 + 26 – 27) $28,315.03

35. TOTAL INDEBTEDNESS AT THE CLOSE OF THIS REPORTING PERIOD (SUM 29 + 30 + 31 – 32 – 33 – 34) $0.00

[emphasis added]

My, oh, my, those are good numbers. And that’s a very low burn rate. There’s an advantage to not having a primary.

Let’s look at where the money came from:

Detailed Summary of Contributions And Loans Received

Committee: MISSOURIANS FOR DASHTAKI

Report Date: 4/13/2010

Carpenters Local Union NO 945 PAC Jefferson City MO 03/30/2010 $300.00

Jefferson City Central Labor Union Jefferson City MO 03/04/2010 $150.00

Teamsters Joint Council 13 St. Louis MO 01/04/2010 $325.00

A lot of small dollar contributions from individuals, a few attorneys, and a bit from organized labor (working people!).

The expenditures:

Detailed Summary of Expenditures And Contributions Made

Committe: MISSOURIANS FOR DASHTAKI

ReportDate: 4/13/2010

A. EXPENDITURES OF $100 OR LESS BY CATEGORY

Postage $155.20

Act Blue Processing Fees $59.88

Office Supplies $10.77

Web Communications $60.00

Cabinet Meeting Food $79.84

State Representative Filing Fee $50.00

JC Chamber Gala Tickets $50.00

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

Patrick Pollock Jefferson City, MO 3/27/2010 Mailing Reimbursement $126.00

15. TOTAL: MONETARY EXPENDITURES THIS PERIOD (SUM 7 + 14) $591.69

[emphasis added]

Yep, there’s definitely an advantage to not having a primary opponent.

The first of the two republican candidates (in alphabetical order), Mike Bernskoetter, filed his first quarter campaign finance report with the Missouri Ethics Commission on April 14th. He organized [pdf] his committee on February 11th. back to the campaign finance report:

Detailed Summary of Committee Disclosure Report

Committe: FRIENDS OF MICHAEL BERNSKOETTER

ReportDate: 4/14/2010

1. TOTAL RECEIPTS FOR THIS ELECTION PREVIOUSLY REPORTED $0.00

2. ALL MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED THIS PERIOD $18,520.00

9. TOTAL ALL RECEIPTS THIS ELECTION(SUM 1B + 7A – 8A) $19,161.70

15. TOTAL EXPENDITURES THIS ELECTION (SUM 10B + 14A) $6,170.86

28. MONEY ON HAND AT THE CLOSE OF THIS REPORTING PERIOD (SUM 25 + 26 – 27) $12,349.14

35. TOTAL INDEBTEDNESS AT THE CLOSE OF THIS REPORTING PERIOD (SUM 29 + 30 + 31 – 32 – 33 – 34) $0.00

[emphasis added]

That’s a very nice fundraising quarter. High burn rate. Primary! Pass the popcorn.

let’s take a look at where the money came from:

Detailed Summary of Contributions And Loans Received

Committee: FRIENDS OF MICHAEL BERNSKOETTER

Report Date: 4/6/2010

Patty Skain Jefferson City, MO MO Right to Life 03/04/2010 $100.00

Jeannette Bernskoetter Jefferson City, MO Art’s Pest Control 02/09/2010 $5,000.00

12. TOTAL ANONYMOUS CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED FROM PERSONS GIVING $25 OR LESS $1,620.00

[emphasis added]

There are a lot of small dollar contributions and one really big one.

Say what? $1,620.00 in anonymous contributions under $25.00. We haven’t seen anything quite like that before.

Detailed Summary of Fund-Raising Statement

Committe: [FRIENDS OF MICHAEL BERNSKOETTER]

ReportDate: 03/22/2010

STATEMENT OF FUND-RAISING ACTIVITY OR EVENT

11. EXPLAIN WHY NAMES AND ADDRESSES OF PERSONS CONTRIBUTING $25 OR LESS COULD NOT BE OBTAINED

We maintained a list of those invited. Due to the short time frame of the event and the amount of the people that entered at one time, we were unable to verify what contributions came from who.

Let’s check out the expenditures:

Detailed Summary of Expenditures And Contributions Made

Committe: FRIENDS OF MICHAEL BERNSKOETTER

ReportDate: 4/6/2010

A. EXPENDITURES OF $100 OR LESS BY CATEGORY

Missouri Republican Party $40.00

Missouri Republican Party $50.00

Capital Rubber Stamp $21.35

Victory Enterprises $69.55

News Tribune $95.00

House of Bargains $6.83

Brown Printing $60.86

Custom Screen Printing $21.30

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

inNetovations Jefferson City, MO 03/03/2010 Website $535.00

U.S. Postmaster Jefferson City, MO 03/05/2010 Postage $132.00

U. S. Postmaster Jefferson City, MO 02/24/2010 Postage $616.00

Staples Jefferson City, MO 03/12/2010 printing supplies $168.51

Johnny Macs Sporting Good St. Louis, MO 03/16/2010 T-shirts $956.39

Victory Enterprises Davenport, IA 03/16/2010 signs $3,044.80

U.S. Postmaster Jefferson City, MO 03/16/2010 Postage $224.00

Signs By Tomorrow Jefferson City, MO 03/24/2010 Banner $129.27

[emphasis added]

Definitely old school, spending over 20% of your funds on t-shirts and signs. I can’t wait to see the nail files…

The second republican candidate, Dan Klindt, filed his first quarter campaign finance report with the Missouri Ethics Commission on April 15th:

Detailed Summary of Committee Disclosure Report

Committe: DAN KLINDT FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE

ReportDate: 4/14/2010

1. TOTAL RECEIPTS FOR THIS ELECTION PREVIOUSLY REPORTED $19,356.46

2. ALL MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED THIS PERIOD $10,569.97

9. TOTAL ALL RECEIPTS THIS ELECTION(SUM 1B + 7A – 8A) $30,076.43

15. TOTAL EXPENDITURES THIS ELECTION (SUM 10B + 14A) $9,505.52

28. MONEY ON HAND AT THE CLOSE OF THIS REPORTING PERIOD (SUM 25 + 26 – 27) $20,095.91

35. TOTAL INDEBTEDNESS AT THE CLOSE OF THIS REPORTING PERIOD (SUM 29 + 30 + 31 – 32 – 33 – 34) $0.00

[emphasis added]

Ah, parity. And check out that burn rate.

And where did the money come from?:

Detailed Summary of Contributions And Loans Received

Committee: DAN KLINDT FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE

Report Date: 4/10/2010

Central Bancompany PAC Jefferson City, MO 02/11/2010 $350.00

MWBHRA Political FUnd Marshfield, MO 03/05/2010 $300.00

Ford (I kid you not), a bunch of small dollar contributions, and no $5,000.00 bell ringers.

Let’s take a look at the expenditures:

Detailed Summary of Expenditures And Contributions Made

Committe: DAN KLINDT FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE

ReportDate: 4/10/2010

A. EXPENDITURES OF $100 OR LESS BY CATEGORY

office supplies $360.97

postage $88.00

phone $15.00

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

Central MO Newspaper Jefferson City Mo 01/14/2010 advertising $231.20

Central MO Newspaper Jefferson City Mo 02/16/2010 advertising $30.00

Bee Seen Signs Jefferson City MO 03/16/2010 Truck signs and Banner $169.00

Victory Store Davenport IA 03/10/2010 Stickers $253.00

Fraternal Order of Eagles Jefferson City MO 03/16/2010 Food and Prep for 400 $2,194.50

Creative Concepts Jefferson City MO 03/16/2010 Tshirts $236.82

Cole County Rep Central Committee Jefferson City MO 02/16/2010 table and advertising $450.00

Mollie Landers Columbia Mo 03/19/2010 campaign Help $500.00

[emphasis added]

Stickers! Food! T-shirts! Old school!

This is gonna be one hell of an interesting race.

Now we could do it with conventional weapons that could take years and cost millions of lives. No, I think we have to go all out. I think that this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody’s part…

Pass the popcorn.