From the Valley to the Beltway: Who’s funding Missouri’s Senate race

Money is pouring in from high-profile sources in places like Silicon Valley, Hollywood and Washington to support the candidates in Missouri’s U.S. Senate race.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, the Democratic incumbent, had raised more than $27 million for her campaign as of Oct. 1. That was almost four times as much money as Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, her Republican challenger.

McCaskill

McCaskill has drawn support from small donors and ACTBlue, a Democratic network that draws support from donors around the country and has channeled about $1.3 million to McCaskill.

She was the beneficiary of a May fundraiser featuring former President Barack Obama and has drawn maximum $5,400 contributions from big Hollywood names including Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg and Barbara Streisand.

Also contributing $5,400 to McCaskill are prominent Silicon Valley figures including Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg and Google’s Eric Schmidt.

Hawley

Hawley has received $10,000 contributions from political action committees associated with several Republican senators, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Sens. Roy Blunt of Missouri, Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Dean Heller of Nevada.

Missouri Republican Reps. Sam Graves and Billy Long also have chipped in.

Republican megadonors from the state, including Rex and Jeannie Sinquefield, David and Debra Humphries and Stanley Herzog all made maximum contributions to Hawley’s campaign.

Read more: Columbia Missourian, St. Louis Post-Dispatch


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