Danforth to headline fundraiser for Martin
Former U.S. Sen. John Danforth, R-Mo., will help out GOP attorney Ed Martin once again, this time as the St. Louis lawyer seeks to win the GOP nomination to topple Attorney General Chris Koster.
Danforth and former St. Louis County Executive Gene McNary will be the special guests at a luncheon for Martin noon Wednesday at Kemoll's downtown.
Danforth, who once served as attorney general, headlined a University City fundraiser in 2010 when Martin ran for Congress against U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-St. Louis. Danforth has made news recently for being critical of the current state of political discourse.
Both Martin and Danforth have been on different sides of socially conservative issues. Most notably, Danforth was a prominent backer of a 2006 constitutional amendment protecting stem cell research from the General Assembly's restriction. Martin opposed the amendment and was involved in an unsuccessful push to undo portions of the measure.
(Interestingly, former Washington University Chancellor William Danforth – the former senator’s brother – sent a $10,000 check to Koster earlier this year. William Danforth has donated big sums to political action committees supportive of embryonic stem cell research, which Koster supported back in the mid-2000s.)
Martin -- a former attorney at Bryan Cave and the former chief of staff for Gov. Matt Blunt -- is facing off against Livingston County Prosecutor Adam Warren in the Republican primary for attorney general. Koster faces no opposition among Democrats.
Koster recently received a $50,000 donation from Sam Fox, a former ambassador who’s one of the biggest Republican donors in the state. Fox and his wife have supplied big donations to PACs supportive of stem cell research.