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Today, at the Missouri Ethics Commission:

C091145 10/24/2011 FRIENDS OF PETER KINDER Davis Spence 2021 S. Warson Road St Louis MO 63124 Alpha Packaging President 10/24/2011 $5,500.00

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What kind of trial balloon was this?:

Is Dave Spence a new GOP contender for governor? (October 23, 2011)

….Some sources are suggesting another contender, a (really) dark horse, one Dave Spence. According to Berger’s Beat, Spence was recently in Washington to meet with members of the Republican Governors Association “about self-funding a primary against Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder.” Politico’s David Catanese also speculates that Spence, whom he describes as  “a chief executive at a packaging company,” is considering a run….

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There must have been some really interesting phone calls.