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Via our good friends at Fired Up!:

Ray Hartmann and his own anonymous GOP sources also seem to think that Peter Kinder’s chances to compete in the 2012 Governor’s race are slim to none…

No matter what anyone says the republican establishment always votes with a check book.

Today, at 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

C091145 FRIENDS OF PETER KINDER [pdf] 6/9/2011

John Brunner

PO 2626

Brentwood, TN 37024

VI-JON Manufacturing

6/9/2011

$10,000.00

[emphasis added]

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

C091145 FRIENDS OF PETER KINDER [pdf] 6/9/2011

John Danforth

911 Tirrill Farms Rd.

St Louis, MO 63124

Bryan Cave LLP Attorney

6/9/2011

$10,000.00

[emphasis added]

Yes, that John Danforth.

Then again, if they have that kind of money to waste on a losing cause maybe their dubya era windfall tax break should end.

But wait, there’s a whole lot more:

C091145 06/09/2011 FRIENDS OF PETER KINDER James Shekelton 13307 Conway Road St Louis MO 63141 H-J Enterprises V.P. 6/9/2011 $1,000.00

C091145 06/09/2011 FRIENDS OF PETER KINDER Cunningham Campaign Committee 1602 Timberlake Manor Pkwy. Chesterfield MO 63017 6/9/2011 $1,000.00

C091145 06/09/2011 FRIENDS OF PETER KINDER Sabreliner Corporation 7733 Forsyth Blvd. Suite 1500 St Louis MO 63105 6/9/2011 $1,000.00

C091145 06/09/2011 FRIENDS OF PETER KINDER Menlo Smith 15009 Manchester Rd. # 284 Ballwin MO 63011 Sunmary Capital Corp. Chairman 6/9/2011 $1,000.00

C091145 06/09/2011 FRIENDS OF PETER KINDER Associated Industries of Missouri Political Action Committee 3234 W Truman Blvd Jefferson City MO 65109 6/9/2011 $1,000.00

C091145 06/09/2011 FRIENDS OF PETER KINDER MOSFA PAC Inc. 221 Bolivar St. Suite 300 Jefferson City MO 65101 6/9/2011 $2,500.00

C091145 06/09/2011 FRIENDS OF PETER KINDER Randy Herzog 12099 Donovan Drive St Josephy MO 64505 The Herzog Companies V.P. 6/9/2011 $1,000.00

C091145 06/09/2011 FRIENDS OF PETER KINDER Dirck Clark 14306 Riverview Drive Savannah MO 64485 Heartland Health Chief Development Officer 6/9/2011 $1,000.00

C091145 06/09/2011 FRIENDS OF PETER KINDER Alfred Purcell 9803 SE State Route T Easton MO 64443 Purcell Consulting Consultant 6/9/2011 $1,000.00

C091145 06/09/2011 FRIENDS OF PETER KINDER Robert Crawford 9 Summerhill Drive St Joseph MO 64507 Herzog Contracting Executive V. P. 6/9/2011 $1,000.00

C091145 06/09/2011 FRIENDS OF PETER KINDER Alan Landes 4707 S Lakewood Dr. St Joseph MO 64506 Herzog Contracting President 6/9/2011 $1,000.00

C091145 06/09/2011 FRIENDS OF PETER KINDER Eugene Toombs 305 Babler Road St Louis MO 63141 MITEK CEO 6/9/2011 $1,000.00

C091145 06/09/2011 FRIENDS OF PETER KINDER William Maritz 10 Sunningdale Dr. St Louis MO 63124 Maritz Holdings Executive 6/9/2011 $1,000.00

C091145 06/09/2011 FRIENDS OF PETER KINDER The Korman Group LLC #6 City Place Dr. Suite 430 St Louis MO 63141 6/9/2011 $5,000.00

[emphasis added]

That’s a lot of check book votes of confidence today.