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Grassroots campaign fundraising isn’t dead.

Pat Contreras, the Democratic Party candidate for State Treasurer in 2016 [2015 file photo].

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No, not this one.

Eric Schmitt’s (r) 2016 state treasurer campaign filed its July quarterly campaign finance report with the Missouri Ethics Commission on July 15th: (r):

C071320: Schmitt For Missouri

  Committee Type: Candidate

Po Box 220722 Party Affiliation: Republican

Kirkwood Mo 63122 Established Date: 10/12/2007

[….]

Information Reported On: 2015 – July Quarterly Report

Beginning Money on Hand $1,713,355.43

Monetary Receipts + $151,231.09

Monetary Expenditures – $75,946.02

Contributions Made – $5,200.00

Other Disbursements – $0.00

Subtotal     $70,085.07

Ending Money On Hand   $1,783,440.50

[emphasis added]

Uh, yeah, that’s a lot of money. Just where did it all come from? Previously some of it came from really, really, really generous friends.

The contributions this past fundraising quarter:

Contributions to Eric Schmitt’s (r) 2016 state treasurer campaign reported on its July 2015 quarterly campaign finance report.

Contributions to Eric Schmitt’s(r) 2016 state treasurer campaign reported on its July 2015 quarterly campaign finance report.

Simmons Hanly Conroy $25,000.00

Drury Development $12,500.00

Noranda Aluminum $10,000.00

August A Busch III $10,000.00

Rivertown Enterprises $10,000.00

Land West 7 $5,001.00

Douglas Albrecht $5,000.00


John Bardgett & Associates $3,425.00

John Qualy $3,000.00

William Stephen Maritz $2,500.00

John Rallo $2,500.00

John T OConnell $2,500.00

Kwame Building Group $2,500.00

Gerard Hempstead $2,500.00

Burns & McDonnell $2,500.00

Home Building Industry PAC $2,500.00

James Zara $2,500.00

Medart $2,500.00

Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters $2,000.00

Anna M Blair $2,000.00

MARF $2,000.00

McBride & Son $2,000.00

Eugene M Toombs $1,500.00

Michael OKeefe $1,500.00

Ward M Klein $1,000.00

Steven W Schulte $1,000.00

Christopher P McKee $1,000.00

Professional Fire Fighters of Eastern Missouri $1,000.00

Stephen A Smith $1,000.00

Caryn Lamping $1,000.00

West County Firefighters $1,000.00

Wasinger for County Council $1,000.00

Stephen R Green $1,000.00

Missouri Association of Nurse Anesthetists $1,000.00

Friends of Tilley $1,000.00

Dale Turvey $1,000.00

Commerce Bancshares $1,000.00

Stephen Gross $1,000.00

Peter F Benoist $1,000.00

Enterprise Holdings $1,000.00

Jeffrey L Fox $1,000.00

Jeffrey Dunn $750.00

John Ertz $700.00

Stephen F Brauer $500.00

John P King $500.00

James M Talent $500.00

Robert James Ciapciak $500.00

John Shields $500.00

Brian L Bruce $500.00

Scott Underwood $500.00

Jesse Hill $500.00

Kathleen M Ratcliffe $500.00

Peter A Racen $500.00

Mark D Schuchardt $500.00

Michael Corry $500.00

Michael Staenberg $500.00

St. Louis Home Health $500.00

Kenneth P Stricker $500.00

Howard L Chilcutt $500.00

Brentwood Physical Therapy $500.00

MBA Capitol Region PAC $500.00

Robert L Scharff $500.00

Pattonville Community Affairs Fund $500.00

Mattingly Lumber $300.00

FRS Investments $300.00

Paul E Martin $250.00

Richard F Huck $250.00

Steven A Busch $250.00

William F Holekamp $250.00

Brent C Beumer $250.00

Matthew C Jessee $250.00

Tripp H Hardin $250.00

William M Bolster $250.00

Donald R Klaas $250.00

Janet Torrisi-Mokwa $250.00

William M Bolster $250.00

Andrew B Leonard $250.00

CVPT $250.00

Robert P Walsh $200.00

David T Kramer $150.00

St. Louis Physical Therapy $125.00

Rebecca Blackwell $100.00

James J Reis $100.00

Craig D Jobe $100.00

Clay A Degenhardt $100.00

Keith Barket $100.00

Brent C Beumer $100.00

Andrew C Wegman $100.00

John Howard Short $100.00

Thomas Clemens $100.00

Ann M Brand $100.00

Corry A Coopmans $100.00

[emphasis added]

Half of the total amount raised this quarter came from seven individuals or entities. Close to 90% of the total amount raised came in contributions of $1,000.00 or more.

Some of the expenditures:

MISSOURI ETHICS COMMISSION

ITEMIZED EXPENDITURES OVER $100 SUPPLEMENTAL FORM

SCHMITT FOR MISSOURI [pdf] 7/15/2015

Candidate Command LLC 1420 NW Vivion, Ste 113 Kansas City MO 64118 4/24/2015 Consulting and digital and social media $2,857.82

Axiom Strategies 1251 NW Briarcliff Pkwy, Ste 85 Kansas City MO 64116 5/1/2015 Consulting – media and grassroots $11,500.00

Joe Machens Ford 807 Southwest Blvd Jefferson City MO 65109 5/14/2015 Campaign Vehicle $40,488.46

Candidate Command, LLC 1420 NW Vivion, Ste 113 Kansas City MO 64118 6/2/2015 Consulting – media and constituent contact $5,106.02

Axiom Strategies 1251 NW Briarcliff Pkwy, Ste 85 Kansas City MO 64116 6/8/2015 Consulting – media and grassroots $3,000.00

Axiom Strategies 1251 NW Briarcliff Pkwy, Ste 85 Kansas City MO 64116 6/8/2015 Consulting – media and grassroots $4,500.00

[emphasis added]

Heh. Do you suppose the campaign vehicle has a really nice sound system?

Uh, get back to us about that “grassroots” label when most of your campaign cash comes from folks who can’t write four and five figure checks.

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Oh, there is a difference. Big. Really big. Huge.

Pat Contreras’ (D) 2016 state treasurer campaign filed its July quarterly campaign finance report with the Missouri Ethics Commission on July 15th:

C151083: Contreras For Treasurer

  Committee Type: Candidate

Po Box 22546 Party Affiliation: Democrat

Kansas City Mo 64113 Established Date: 04/10/2015

[….]

Information Reported On: 2015 – July Quarterly Report

Beginning Money on Hand $0.00

Monetary Receipts + $65,353.32

Monetary Expenditures – $9,517.35

Contributions Made – $0.00

Other Disbursements – $500.00

Subtotal     $55,335.97

Ending Money On Hand   $55,335.97

[emphasis added]

That doesn’t provide the whole story. Try this: just over 400 contributions (mostly in comparatively modest amounts) in one fundraising quarter.

The contributions:

Contributions to Pat Contreras’ (D) 2016 state treasurer campaign reported on its July 2015 quarterly campaign finance report.

Contributions to Pat Contreras’ (D) 2016 state treasurer campaign reported on its July 2015 quarterly campaign finance report.

3D Political $7,500.00

Michael Haverty $5,001.00

Hubbard and Kurtz $2,100.00

James B. Nutter $2,000.00

Elma Martinez $1,000.00

Kelvin Walls $1,000.00

Ryan Haverty $1,000.00

Chris Miller $1,000.00

Mary Steeb $1,000.00

Robert Wayne Contreras $800.00

Sarah Starnes $757.24

Paul Woody $750.00

Shawn Borich $530.00

Emily Rochon $500.00

Maria E Andrade $500.00

Lola Rocha $500.00

Burton Taylor $500.00

Juan Sepulveda $500.00

Lawrence Gates $500.00

Gregory Cook $500.00

Ursula Terrasi $500.00

Jason Zook $500.00

John Wandless $500.00

Committee to Elect Tony Miller $500.00

Michael Gonzalez $500.00

Adam Meister $500.00

Nick Rocha $500.00

Michael Cappel $500.00

Kristofer Clark $500.00

Migael Penix $350.00

Bryan Hunt $350.00

Vincent Klein $350.00

Saul Gomez $300.00

Steve Cordova $300.00

Paul Guertin $300.00

Alan Lang $300.00

Luis Maes $300.00

Sarah Simons $300.00

Charles Andrew Chappelle $300.00

Paloma Gonzalez $300.00

Oana Cheta $300.00

Kevin Hyzak $300.00

Hector Nieto $250.00

Maurice Watson $250.00

Sara Cecilia Lopez $250.00

Franklin Davis $250.00

Lou deBaca $250.00

Arthur Moore $250.00

Charles Wurth $250.00

Salim Lajam $250.00

Kimberly Caine $250.00

Gabriel Gore $250.00

Robert Smith $250.00

Jessica Contreras $250.00

Alexia Norris $250.00

Sheridan Wood $250.00

Kevin Gluba $250.00

Mark Reinsch $250.00

Josh Campbell $250.00

Liliana Gabriel $250.00

Idris Ademola $250.00

Shawn VanDiver $250.00

Marina Torres $250.00

Sharon Hoffman $250.00

Phyllis Chase $250.00

Ahnna Smith $250.00

Daniel Aleshire $250.00

Michael Sigler $250.00

Mike Haverty $250.00

Philip Lyons $250.00

Gayle Krigel $250.00

Charles Sosland $250.00

Josh Weinberg $250.00

David Wetzel $250.00

Mark Anthony Thomas $250.00

Chris Stout $250.00

Jackie Nugent $250.00

Scarlett Freeman $250.00

Phu Huynh $250.00

Stephen Herrman $250.00

Luis Renta $250.00

Hala Hijazi $250.00

Henry Garcia $250.00

Paco Palmieri $250.00

Alain Sylvain $250.00

Nicholas Fagan $250.00

Leonardo Bullaro $250.00

Jan Singelmann $250.00

Alfredo Pedroza $200.00

Jana Nelson $200.00

Kevin Pistilli $200.00

Matt Bunting $200.00

De Zjai Eskridge $200.00

Jason Thompson $200.00

Noerena Limon $200.00

Laura Schnettgoecke $200.00

Gregory Lever $200.00

Michelle Miller $200.00

Mary Jane Judy $200.00

Jared Wells $200.00

Ericka Duker $200.00

Tom Bullaro $200.00

Mark Saighman $200.00

Tressa Guenov $200.00

Dan McSweeney $200.00

Temple Cooley $200.00

Phil Woodmore $200.00

Cooper Smith $200.00

John Clarke $200.00

Gina Coronado $200.00

Sabreen Dogar $200.00

Brian Nogy $200.00

Clarence Jasen Peterson $200.00

Rosario Babiskin $200.00

John Paul Schnapper-Casteras $200.00

Toby Dalton $200.00

Geneve Villacres $200.00

Michael Flores $200.00

Olga Sanchez $200.00

Megan Green $200.00

Pat Contreras $155.80

Omer Salamat $150.00

Carlo DiCarlo $150.00

Anthony Henderson $150.00

Jason Slattery $150.00

Felicia Pullam $150.00

Pablo Quintanilla $150.00

Carolina Olego $150.00

Bernard Burrola $150.00

Ted Chartier $150.00

Jeremy Newman $150.00

Danielle Davis $150.00

Eric Smith $150.00

Teresa Sullivan $150.00

John Contreras $150.00

Bradley Bakker $150.00

Agustin Dominguez $150.00

Ishmael Rocha $150.00

Duane Smith $150.00

Evan Krauss $140.32

Jennifer Prudencio $125.00

Carmen Gutierrez $125.00

Didier Sylvain $120.00

Ronald Wilson $100.00

Carmen Lomellin $100.00

Alfred Murguia $100.00

Jon Tollefson $100.00

Veenita Kaushik $100.00

Shea Festoff $100.00

Diana Rodriguez $100.00

Cristina Antelo $100.00

Patrick Peterson $100.00

Venita Ramirez $100.00

Kathy Humphrey $100.00

Guillermo Meneses $100.00

Josh Branson $100.00

Joseph Gilbride $100.00

Kathie Allsion $100.00

Shelly Rivas $100.00

David Peterson $100.00

Vijayendran Somasegaran $100.00

Anthony Diaz $100.00

Deepti Gudipati $100.00

Carlos Becerra $100.00

Jeff Till $100.00

Jeffrey McCarther $100.00

Cindy Circo $100.00

Leib Dodell $100.00

Samuel Madrigal $100.00

Matt Raplinger $100.00

Eric Robbins $100.00

Philip Glynn $100.00

Sandy Geduldig $100.00

Christian Cardona $100.00

Mickey Goldstein $100.00

Nicholas Contreras $100.00

Sue Aguilar $100.00

Elvis Cordova $100.00

Heather Oberrieder $100.00

Akeiisa Coleman $100.00

Kristofer Hilliard $100.00

Thomas Devine $100.00

Nate Huppe $100.00

Gordon Griffin $100.00

Ebony Cain $100.00

Ann Hyde $100.00

Amanda Tamayo $100.00

Jon Gray $100.00

Benton Lloyd and Chung $100.00

Corby Jones $100.00

D’Vonta Richard $100.00

E.J.Whitney Wilson $100.00

Peter Sloan $100.00

Alfred Jordan $100.00

Lanna Ultican $100.00

Michael Henry $100.00

Charles Eagan $100.00

Sandy Querry $100.00

Carol Hallquist $100.00

Alvin Brooks $100.00

Westport Landing Democratic Club $100.00

Negrete Design $100.00

Matthew Aronson $100.00

Jim Green $100.00

Josue Lopez Calderon $100.00

Ryan Fenwick $100.00

Michael Borich $100.00

Stephen Williamson $100.00

Jay Chen $100.00

Luke Davenport $100.00

Salman Khalil $100.00

Shil Patel $100.00

Aaron Case $100.00

Anthony Graves $100.00

Francisco Perez $100.00

Jesse Wald $100.00

Anthony Johnson $100.00

Roman Sienkiewicz $100.00

Gabe Zorogastua $100.00

Paul Fitzgibbons $100.00

Brennan Cain $100.00

Joel Acevedo $100.00

Melissa Reynolds $100.00

Brian Kanatzar $100.00

Kenneth W Fallows $100.00

Eloise Quintanilla $100.00

Alvaro Bedoya $100.00

Katie Verschelden $100.00

Angela Florez $100.00

Lisa Lopez $100.00

Joe Nastasi $100.00

Aaron Mitchell $100.00

Roderick Carey $100.00

Felicia Medellin $100.00

Michael Hodes $100.00

Michael Doody $100.00

Ramon Escobar $100.00

Brad Elkins $100.00

Jacob Saperstein $100.00

Jennifer Lynch $100.00

Lourdes Rivery $100.00

Marisa Suescun $100.00

Axelle Latortue $100.00

Luis Miranda $100.00

Derek Weber $100.00

Nicholas Murphy $100.00

James Reyes $100.00

Suzie Jang $100.00

Julio Urrutia $100.00

Harlyn Pacheco $100.00

Emanuel Pleitez $100.00

Brian Altenhofen $100.00

Nathaly Arriola $100.00

Frances Colon $100.00

Joel Samuels $100.00

Adam Tiffen $100.00

Erika Brice $75.00

Brandon Dangle $75.00

Shaun Stallworth $75.00

Linda Reyes $75.00

Caitlin Howarth $75.00

Salvador Perez $75.00

Melissa Hazley $60.00

Kermit Jones $56.00

Isabelle Giap $50.00

Jessica Berlow $50.00

Kimberly Olson $50.00

Miranda Patterson $50.00

Brandon Fureigh $50.00

Linda Manus $50.00

Susie Quintana $50.00

Jacqueline Wood $50.00

Sandra Tasic $50.00

Jeff Mallare $50.00

Jaclyn Luby $50.00

Xuan-Trang Morton $50.00

Sara Marti $50.00

Tom Hare $50.00

Jackie Nugent $50.00

Javier Martinez $50.00

Mabel Arrambide $50.00

Michael Evans $50.00

Michael Lieberman $50.00

Michael Breen $50.00

Leo Cruz $50.00

Andrea Marr $50.00

Nicholas Sarcone $50.00

Barbara Womack $50.00

Christine Carney $50.00

Christine Garton $50.00

Cort VanOstran $50.00

Patricia Jordan $50.00

Nia Richardson $50.00

Rudy Chavez $50.00

Alice Kitchen $50.00

Charles Morgan $50.00

Judy Morgan $50.00

B. Carey $50.00

Paula Willmarth $50.00

Tim Kennedy $50.00

Kevin McCaffrey $50.00

Leanna Fenneberg $50.00

Jim Sellers $50.00

Kerry Kraemer $50.00

Christopher Boyle $50.00

Chad Kreikemeier $50.00

Rob Santiago $50.00

Carlos Vizcarra $50.00

Joe Costa $50.00

Jesse Boateng $50.00

Samantha Remeika $50.00

Christopher Carr $50.00

Daniel Schniedermeier $50.00

Leigh O’Neill $50.00

Andrew Fogel $50.00

Matthew Asada $50.00

Gerty O’Leary $50.00

Roberto Fierro $50.00

Frank Ramirez $50.00

Prashanth Rajan $50.00

Carmen Cantor $50.00

Ben Yates $50.00

Zaid Zaid $50.00

Graziella Bullaro $50.00

Dan Sutera $50.00

Lubna Alam $50.00

Abdul Fouzi $50.00

Ben Smilowitz $50.00

Daniel Melgoza $50.00

Carol Winick $50.00

Laura Guerra-Cardus $50.00

Nicholas Juliano $50.00

Raymond Rico $50.00

Luke Finocchario $50.00

Geraldine Gassam $50.00

Nicole Rocha $50.00

Charles Perkey $50.00

Stephen Wichmann $50.00

Rose Bell $50.00

Jerome Warchol $50.00

David Kim $40.00

Robert Hall $40.00

Shanna Brownstein $36.00

Chere Chaney $30.00

Andrea Raya $25.00

Kristian Ramos $25.00

Pat Garcia $25.00

Jomo Castro $25.00

Sebastian Ontiveros $25.00

Rebekkah Schear $25.00

Jessica Leeker $25.00

Mark Havera $25.00

Kim Skerko Orth $25.00

Kevin Sullivan $25.00

Aysha Chowdhry $25.00

Kellie Hawkins $25.00

Jocelyn Rivera-Olivas $25.00

Maria Rincon $25.00

Jorge Rodriguez $25.00

Tony Perez $25.00

Denise Lopez $25.00

Julian Alcazar $25.00

Rose Jackson $25.00

Maggie Moore $25.00

Evan Frederick $25.00

Shannon Morrisey $25.00

Welton Chang $25.00

Michael Moschella $25.00

Jordan D’Angelo $25.00

Justin McFarlin $25.00

Dileep Rajan $25.00

Emily Galindo $25.00

Randy Lopez $25.00

Rebecca Richardson $25.00

Jason Howell $25.00

Kyle Smith $25.00

Stacy Purvis $25.00

Clayton Bond $25.00

Benjamin Villanti $25.00

Francisco Trigo $25.00

Navarro Moore $25.00

Jimmy Ortiz Ortiz $25.00

Monique Alcala $25.00

Karen Clark $25.00

Jason Stanford $25.00

Lindsey Fisher $25.00

Attia Nasar $25.00

Alicia Arendt $25.00

Sara Marti $25.00

Michael Herman $25.00

Francisco Alvarez $20.00

Eric Lanigan $20.00

Graham West $20.00

Tianna Taylor-Albin $20.00

John Wilson $20.00

Takishia Ford $15.00

Cydny Black $15.00

Kevin Garner $10.00

Bonnie Frye Hemphill $10.00

Samantha Elghanayan $10.00

There’s a big difference.

To put it in perspective that’s 386 contributions of $500.00 or less. 365 contributions of $350.00 or less. 357 contributions of $250.00 or less. 308 contributions of $200.00 or less. 278 contributions of $150.00 or less. 256 contributions of $100.00 or less. 135 contributions of $50 or less.

Some of the expenditures:

MISSOURI ETHICS COMMISSION

ITEMIZED EXPENDITURES OVER $100 SUPPLEMENTAL FORM

CONTRERAS FOR TREASURER [pdf] 7/15/2015

City of Clayton MO 10 N Bemiston Clayton MO 63105 6/1/2015 Parking Fee $2.00

JS Stadium 807 Stadium Blvd Columbia MO 65109 6/25/2015 Gas $40.32

Quicktrip #00602 1640 S 5th St St. Charles MO 63303 5/31/2015 Gas $37.62

Rhodes 101 Stop #335 2023 Lake Dr Perryville MO 63775 6/27/2015 Gas $32.79

TA Travelcenter #175 3265 N Service Rd Foristell MO 63348 6/28/2015 Gas $33.72

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Now that’s grassroots.

Oh yes, there’s a big difference.

Previously:

Campaign Finance: there are friends, and then there are “friends” (July 4, 2014)

Campaign Finance: it’s just not the same when it’s only four or five figures (July 8, 2014)

Campaign Finance: somebody’s favorite (August 12, 2014)

Campaign Finance: it takes a treasure to become a treasurer (November 7, 2014)

Campaign Finance: there will be more (January 10, 2015)

Campaign Finance: making the rubble bounce (June 3, 2015)

Campaign Finance: making the rubble bounce – part 2 (June 5, 2015)

Campaign Finance: making the rubble bounce – part 3 (June 11, 2015)

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Pat Contreras (D) a candidate for State Treasurer in 2016 (April 13, 2015)