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In the past few days at the Missouri Ethics Commission:

C001135 11/18/2011 JAY NIXON FOR MISSOURI Keesag A Baron 1855 South Ingram Mill Road Suite 201 Springfield MO 65804 self Cardiologist 11/16/2011 $10,000.00

C001135 11/18/2011 JAY NIXON FOR MISSOURI Larry Neff PO Box 525 Neosho MO 64850 Red Carpet Real Estate Broker 11/16/2011 $25,000.00

C001135 11/21/2011 JAY NIXON FOR MISSOURI Barry Aycock PO Box 456 Parma MO 63870 Aycock AG Services self-employed/consultant 11/19/2011 $10,000.00

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Friday, via Twitter:

@FixAaron Aaron Blake

A reliable source tells me Dave Spence wrote himself a $2 million check for #MOGOV. 18 Nov

[emphasis added]

Aaron Blake

@FixAaron Washington, D.C.

Political blogger at The Washington Post.

Reliable source, eh?

Missouri Revised Statutes

Chapter 130

Campaign Finance Disclosure Law

Section 130.044

Certain contributions to be reported within forty-eight hours of receipt–electronic reporting, when–rulemaking authority.

130.044. 1. All individuals and committees required to file disclosure reports under section 130.041 shall electronically report any contribution by any single contributor which exceeds five thousand dollars to the Missouri ethics commission within forty-eight hours of receiving the contribution….

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Uh, two million dollars is greater than five thousand dollars, right?

Again, today, at the Missouri Ethics Commission, the results of a search for any candidates named “Spence”:

Committee Reports filed during 2011

MECID COMMITTEE NAME TYPE LAST NAME FIRST NAME TREASURER DEP TREASURER NAME STATUS

C000380 CITIZENS FOR SPENCE CANDIDATE SPENCE BOB CURTIS MORRISON Active

C071346 FRIENDS OF MARY SPENCE CANDIDATE SPENCE MARY MIKE SPENCE Terminated

C081001 FRIENDS OF SEAN SPENCE DEBT SERVICE SPENCE SEAN KEN JACOB Terminated

C101514E BOBBY G SPENCER EXEMPTION SPENCER BOBBY BOBBY G SPENCER Terminated

Nope, no Dave Spence there.

The results of a search at the Missouri Ethics Commission for candidates for Governor:

Election Year: 2012 — Election Date: 08/07/2012 — Political Office: GOVERNOR

 MECID  Committee Name Last Name First Name Election Date Office Sought District Subdivision Status

C001135 JAY NIXON FOR MISSOURI NIXON JEREMIAH “JAY” 08/07/2012 GOVERNOR Active

C101387 MISSOURIANS FOR RANDLES RANDLES BILL 08/07/2012 GOVERNOR Active

Nope, no Dave Spence there, either.

So much for reliable sources.

Update:

Missouri Revised Statutes

Chapter 130

Campaign Finance Disclosure Law

Section 130.021

Treasurer for candidates and committees, when required–duties–official depository account to be established–statement of organization for committees, contents, when filed–termination of committee, procedure.

….5. The treasurer or deputy treasurer acting on behalf of any person or organization or group of persons which is a committee by virtue of the definitions of committee in section 130.011 and any candidate who is not excluded from forming a committee in accordance with the provisions of section 130.016 shall file a statement of organization with the appropriate officer within twenty days after the person or organization becomes a committee but no later than the date for filing the first report required pursuant to the provisions of section 130.046….

Okay. So, does this mean that a two million dollar check sits around for twenty days and we have to wait for a quarterly campaign finance report to see if it actually exists?