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This is an open seat race.

Lexi Norris (D) filed her third quarter campaign finance report with the Missouri Ethics Commission on October 15th:

Detailed Summary of Committee Disclosure Report

Committe: COMMITTEE TO ELECT LEXI NORRIS

1. TOTAL RECEIPTS FOR THIS ELECTION PREVIOUSLY REPORTED $62,099.62

2. ALL MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED THIS PERIOD $12,045.00

9. TOTAL ALL RECEIPTS THIS ELECTION(SUM 1B + 7A – 8A) $81,725.62

15. TOTAL EXPENDITURES THIS ELECTION (SUM 10B + 14A) $7,909.94

28. MONEY ON HAND AT THE CLOSE OF THIS REPORTING PERIOD (SUM 25 + 26 – 27) $52,909.29

[emphasis added]

That’s a healthy fundraising month (since the last report). At this point, two week after the close of the quarter and almost three weeks to the election, you can expect that a significant chunk of that cash on hand has already gone out the door.

Let’s look at some of the contributions:

Detailed Summary of Contributions And Loans Received

Committee: COMMITTEE TO ELECT LEXI NORRIS

Report Date: 10/15/2010

Harriett’s List Saint Louis, MO 09/07/2010 $3,000.00

Asbestos Workers Political Account Independence, MO 09/29/2010 $1,000.00

The Missouri State Democratic Cmte Jefferson City, MO 09/30/2010 $7,581.00 In-Kind

And there are also contributions from individuals, organized labor (working people!), attorneys and a few PACs.

The expenditures:

Detailed Summary of Expenditures And Contributions Made

Committe: COMMITTEE TO ELECT LEXI NORRIS

ReportDate: 10/15/2010

USPS Kansas City, MO 09/09/2010 Postage $56.00

GKCWPC 09/13/2010 Campaign Ad $80.00

USPS Kansas City, MO 09/14/2010 Postage $78.00

USPS Kansas City, MO 09/17/2010 Postage $112.00

Mission Control Inc Mansfield Center, CT 09/22/2010 Photography Services $700.00

Almar Printing Kansas City, MO 09/27/2010 Printing $65.37

USPS Kansas City, MO 09/27/2010 Postage $125.20

ActBlue Cambridge, MA 09/30/2010 Credit card processing fe $13.64

Nope, the mail plan hadn’t kicked in yet.

Nickolas Marshall (r) filed his third quarter campaign finance report with the Missouri Ethics Commission on October 15th:

Detailed Summary of Committee Disclosure Report

Committe: COMMITTEE TO ELECT NICK MARSHALL

1. TOTAL RECEIPTS FOR THIS ELECTION PREVIOUSLY REPORTED $23,831.71

2. ALL MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED THIS PERIOD $6,378.68

9. TOTAL ALL RECEIPTS THIS ELECTION(SUM 1B + 7A – 8A) $30,610.05

15. TOTAL EXPENDITURES THIS ELECTION (SUM 10B + 14A) $10,613.06

28. MONEY ON HAND AT THE CLOSE OF THIS REPORTING PERIOD (SUM 25 + 26 – 27) $17,717.70

[emphasis added]

You get the feeling that there hasn’t been any semblance of fundraising parity here.

The contributions:

Detailed Summary of Contributions And Loans Received

Committee: COMMITTEE TO ELECT NICK MARSHALL

Report Date: 10/13/2010

Eric Zahnd For Platte County Prosecutor Platte Woods, MO 09/10/2010 $500.00

Federation of Republican Women of Platte County Kansas City MO 09/22/2010 $400.00

Friends of Tilley Perryville, MO 09/16/2010 $1,500.00

NFIB-Missouri Safe Trust Washington, DC 8/30/2010 $500.00

[emphasis added]

The plane!

The expenditures:

Detailed Summary of Expenditures And Contributions Made

Committe: COMMITTEE TO ELECT NICK MARSHALL

ReportDate: 10/13/2010

A. EXPENDITURES OF $100 OR LESS BY CATEGORY

Cred Card Merchant Account $15.00

Web Services $25.00

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

Victory Enterprises Davenport, IA 09/30/2010 $1,190.00

Signs!

This one is not in the bag. Never underestimate the ability of republicans to drop outrageous amounts of money on marginal candidates at the last minute. They have an unlimited supply of both.