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It’s that time of year. The quarterly campaign finance reports are due in to the Missouri Ethics Commission. Representative Jason Kander, a Democratic Party candidate for Secretary of State, filed his report on January 13th:

REPORT SUMMARY

KANDER FOR MISSOURI [pdf] 1/13/2012

1. Total Receipts For This Election Previously Reported $91,364.53

2. All Monetary Contributions Received This Period $232,029.00

10. Expenditures made by cash or check this period $22,851.63

27. Money On Hand at the close of this reporting period $442,091.65

34. Total Indebtedness at the Close of This Reporting Period $0.00

[emphasis added]

Not bad. Not bad at all.

Let’s look at some of the contributions:

CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED – SUPPLEMENTAL

KANDER FOR MISSOURI [pdf] 1/13/2012

Jan Marcason for City Council 4585 Walnut Kansas City MO 64111 12/5/2011 $1,000.00

Phyllis Sheaks 714 Lacy Ln Belton MO 64012-2986 12/31/2011 $50.00

Jeffrey Demerath 530 Flanders Dr Saint Louis MO 63122-1618 Armstrong Teasdale — Attorney/Partner 12/19/2011 $500.00

Stuart Bintner 612 W 70th St Kansas City MO 64113-2025 St. Joseph School — Administration 12/30/2011 $35.00

Yvette Liebesman 7570 Cornell Ave St. Louis MO 63130 Saint Louis University — Law Professor 11/2/2011 $500.00

Teamsters Local Union No. 41 PAF 4501 Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd. Kansas City MO 64130 12/21/2011 $1,800.00

Carroll Iorg 7241 Jarboe St Kansas City MO 64114-1221 Retired 12/28/2011 $25.00

Jim Merrick 2 West 62nd Street Kansas City MO 64113 Merrick Productions — President 12/31/2011 $1.00

[emphasis added]

Okay, that last one is the smallest itemized reported contribution we’ve ever seen in these reports. Go figure.

Small dollar contributions, office holders, attorneys, organized labor (working people!) – what’s not to like?

The burn rate on the expenditure side is modest at this point. That’ll change as we get closer to the general election.