Republican governor candidate Catherine Hanaway looks over to her opponents during the debate in Columbia on Thursday, March 17, 2016. The Republican debate was held at Missouri Theatre and hosted by the University of Missouri, the Columbia Chamber of Commerce and KOMU 8. | Kelsey Walling/For Missouri Business Alert

Sinquefield groups spent $4.45 million on Missouri Republican candidates in June



Groups funded by St. Louis-based conservative donor Rex Sinquefield gave more than $4.45 million to three Republican candidates for Missouri statewide offices last month.

Recipients of the money include former Missouri House Speaker Catherine Hanaway, who is seeking the Republican nomination for governor. Hanaway received more than $2.3 million from Sinquefield’s groups.

The groups also made a donation of more than $1.4 million to state Sen. Kurt Schaefer, who is seeking the Republican nomination for state attorney general. Longtime Sinquefield ally and Kansas City attorney Bev Randles received nearly $692,000; Randles is seeking the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor.

Missouri is one of the few states where private donors can still give gifts of any size to political candidates. At the federal level, donors cannot give a candidate more than $2,700 in an election cycle.

Sinquefield, the largest political donor in Missouri history, has spent more than $37 million on fiscally conservative politicians and issues.

The candidates who have received money from his groups have yet to secure their party’s nomination. State-level primaries in Missouri are Aug. 2.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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