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The republican establishment money machine is dumping cash into the race for State Auditor between incumbent Susan Montee (D) and challenger Tom Schweich (r-rock star) at a rate that is astonishing obscene. The thing is, they don’t care about appearances or what anyone else thinks.

Just yesterday, via the 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

C091153 SCHWEICH FOR AUDITOR [pdf] 10/20/2010

Republican State Committee

Jefferson City, MO

10/20/2010

$100,000.00

Sam Fox

St. Louis, MO

Harbour Group

10/20/2010

$100,000.00

David C. Humphreys

Joplin, MO

Tamko Building Products

10/20/2010

$25,000.00

[emphasis added]

Those aren’t typos. That’s a total of $225,000.00. There’s more.

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

C091153 SCHWEICH FOR AUDITOR [pdf] 10/20/2010

Roy Pfautch

St. Louis, MO

Civic Services, Inc.

10/20/2010

$10,000.00

[emphasis added]

Seems kind of cheap in comparison, don’t it?

State Auditor Susan Montee (D) just released another television commercial:

Announcer: They’re calling this the great recession, the worst downturn in eighty years. The state faces tough choices like cutting services or raising taxes. A dangerous time to elect someone with no accounting and no auditing experience, like Tom Schweich.

State Auditor Susan Montee is a twenty-five year CPA who’s conservative management has saved us millions. And, after all we’ve been through, we need an auditor who’s actually an auditor, Susan Montee.

And the republican challenger, who will he look after?:

COMMITTEE: MECID:C091153

SCHWEICH FOR AUDITOR

Electronically Filed Reports

I.D. Report Date Received

19712 Other(Report of Contribution Received Over $5000) 10/20/2010

19707 Other(Report of Contribution Received Over $5000) 10/20/2010

19167 OCTOBER – COMMITTEE QUARTERLY REPORT 10/16/2010

19001 Other(Report of Contribution Received Over $5000) 10/15/2010

17223 Other(Report of Contribution Received Over $5000) 10/05/2010

17213 Other(Report of Contribution Received Over $5000) 10/05/2010

16870 Other(Report of Contribution Received Over $5000) 10/01/2010

16829 Other(Report of Contribution Received Over $5000) 09/30/2010

16777 Other(Report of Contribution Received Over $5000) 09/29/2010

16656 Other(Report of Contribution Received Over $5000) 09/25/2010

16597 Other(Report of Contribution Received Over $5000) 09/23/2010

16586 Other(Report of Contribution Received Over $5000) 09/22/2010

16529 Other(Report of Contribution Received Over $5000) 09/20/2010

16207 Other(Report of Contribution Received Over $5000) 09/08/2010

15956 30 DAY AFTER PRIMARY ELECTION 09/02/2010

15054 Other(Report of Contribution Received Over $5000) 08/30/2010

13958 24 HOUR NOTICE – PRIMARY ELECTION 08/02/2010

13904 Other(Report of Contribution Received Over $5000) 07/31/2010

13801 Other(Report of Contribution Received Over $5000) 07/30/2010

13418 Other(Report of Contribution Received Over $5000) 07/27/2010

13357 24 HOUR NOTICE – PRIMARY ELECTION 07/27/2010

13151 8 DAY BEFORE PRIMARY ELECTION 07/26/2010

11474 JULY – COMMITTEE QUARTERLY REPORT 07/15/2010

8910 Other(Report of Contribution Received Over $5000) 06/30/2010

8283 Other(Report of Contribution Received Over $5000) 05/27/2010

7617 Other(Report of Contribution Received Over $5000) 05/03/2010

7569 Other(Report of Contribution Received Over $5000) 04/30/2010

7412 Other(Report of Contribution Received Over $5000) 04/26/2010

7210 Other(Report of Contribution Received Over $5000) 04/22/2010

7125 Other(Report of Contribution Received Over $5000) 04/20/2010

6707 Other(Report of Contribution Received Over $5000) 04/15/2010

6235 APRIL – COMMITTEE QUARTERLY REPORT 04/14/2010

5191 Other(Report of Contribution Received Over $5000) 04/08/2010

4685 Other(Report of Contribution Received Over $5000) 04/05/2010

4510 Other(Report of Contribution Received Over $5000) 04/02/2010

4308 Other(Report of Contribution Received Over $5000) 03/31/2010

4168 Other(Report of Contribution Received Over $5000) 03/29/2010

3975 Other(Report of Contribution Received Over $5000) 03/26/2010

3945 Other(Report of Contribution Received Over $5000) 03/25/2010

3875 Other(Report of Contribution Received Over $5000) 03/24/2010

1686 JANUARY – COMMITTEE QUARTERLY REPORT 01/15/2010

Yep, there’s an awful lot of “grassroots” folks in there who can afford to make thos large campaign contributions over $5,000.00 don’t you think?