So far this year, St. Louis financier Rex Sinquefield has donated more than $9.8 million to political candidates, campaigns and various groups throughout the state, more than twice the amount contributed in 2016 by the state’s No. 2 campaign donor: David Humphreys, chief executive of family-owned TAMKO building products.
Humphreys and his relatives – notably, his sister – have distributed close to $4.8 million so far this year, most of it directly to Republican candidates.
The two megadonors also appear to be on opposing sides when it comes to GOP candidates for governor and attorney general.
Sinquefield has indirectly given just over $1.5 million to Republican gubernatorial candidate Catherine Hanaway. He has also given to Republican attorney general candidate Kurt Schaefer, a state senator in a nasty contest with rival Josh Hawley, a law professor.
Humphreys’ money, on the other hand, has gone to Kinder for governor, even after bankrolling a GOP rival to Kinder in 2012. In the contest for attorney general, Humphreys is a major backer of Hawley, giving him $500,000 in May.
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