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The next few days, until the end of the quarter on June 30th, are going to be rather interesting as we witness the mad scramble of candidates receiving those large contributions which help pad their fundraising totals.

Readers here may be aware of our previous interest in republican CPAs who have become involved in Missouri politics. So, when we come across something along that vein, we tend to notice.

Harry Otto, a republican candidate in the 6th Senate District, is a CPA.  

MISSOURI ETHICS COMMISSION

CONTRIBUTION OF MORE THAN $5,000.00 RECEIVED BY ANY COMMITTEE FROM ANY SINGLE DONOR – TO BE FILED WITHIN 48 HOURS OF RECEIVING THE CONTRIBUTION

C091048 CITIZENS FOR OTTO [pdf] 6/25/2010

Committee for Political Action of MO Certified Accountants

St. Louis, MO

6/25/2010

$10,000.00

[emphasis added]

Whoa, Nellie! Have they dropped large contributions on CPA candidates before? Why, yes, they have!

The republican candidates (no Democrats filed) in the 6th Senate District:

State Senate – District 6

Republican

HARRY OTTO JEFFERSON CITY MO 361 2/23/2010

BILL DEEKEN JEFFERSON CITY MO 456 2/23/2010

KENNY JONES CALIFORNIA MO   565 2/23/2010

MIKE KEHOE JEFFERSON CITY MO 962 2/23/2010

The irony impairment? From a September 22, 2009 article in the Jefferson City News Tribune, reproduced at Harry Otto’s campaign web site:

“….I do expect to be outspent in this campaign,” Otto said, “but I don’t expect to be outworked.

“I don’t think this office ought to be purchased.  I think it ought to be earned.”  He said he’s not afraid of a fiveman primary race….

This has happened before, sort of like déjà vu all over again:

MISSOURI ETHICS COMMISSION

CONTRIBUTION OF MORE THAN $5,000.00 RECEIVED BY ANY COMMITTEE FROM ANY SINGLE DONOR – TO BE FILED WITHIN 48 HOURS OF RECEIVING THE CONTRIBUTION

C091048 CITIZENS FOR OTTO [pdf] 9/29/2009

Committee for Political Action of MO Certified Accountants

St. Louis, MO

9/29/2009

$10,000.00

[emphasis added]

Two $10,000.00 campaign contributions from the same folks is a lot of not getting outspent, don’t you think?