Koster reports $2.3 million in the bank, more than four times Martin's tally
While generally ignoring his Republican rivals, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has amassed $2.35 million in the bank for his fall campaign.
His tally is more than four times the bank account of Republican Ed Martin, a St. Louis lawyer who now claims most of the support of leading Missouri Republicans.
Martin raised $406,111 during the last three months, with more than half coming from one donor – TAMKO executive David Humphreys, who gave Martin $250,000 in late May. As of June 30, Martin had $564,384 in the bank.
In the Aug. 7 primary, Martin faces Livingston County Prosecutor Adam Warren, who reported $5,862 on hand after raising $10,523 during the past three months.
Martin’s contributors included a number of major Republicans, including August Busch III ($15,000), and three state senators – Eric Schmitt of Glendale, Ron Richard of Joplin and Tom Dempsey of St. Charles – who gave him $5,000. Martin also received $2,500 from Ann Wagner, the former ambassador and former state GOP chair who is running for the 2nd District congressional seat. Martin initially had been running against her, until he switched contests.
Koster, meanwhile, raised $572,475 during the past three months. His donors included $25,000 from Express Scripts, the prescription-drug giant, and $10,000 from William Danforth, the retired chancellor of Washington University who now is a major player in the creation of the Danforth Plant Science Center. (Danforth is the brother of former Sen. John C. Danforth, who is hosting a fundraising event this week for Martin.)
Koster also collected donations from a number of unions – including several firefighters’ groups who gave combined donations of at least $5,000 -- and several law firms, including the Springfield, Mo. firm of Strong, Garner, Bauer, which gave him $25,000. Koster’s campaign report does not include the $50,000 he recently received from prominent Republican donor Sam Fox.
Here's the breakdown of the basics:
Raised $3,512,890 ($572,475 for the quarter)
Spent: $1,217,084 ($205,917 since April 1)
Cash on hand: $2,359,800
Raised: $726,426 ($406,111 since April 1)
Spent: $156,455 ($136,411 since April 1)
Cash on hand: $564,384
Raised: $26,961 ($10,523 since April 1)
Spent: $18,990 ($12,579 since April 1)
Cash on hand: $5,862