Koster nets union contributions, raises $1 million over weekend

Democrat Chris Koster brought in more than $1 million of contributions to his gubernatorial campaign over the weekend, with a bulk of that haul coming from labor unions.

The big weekend for Koster, the current Missouri attorney general, included the following contributions:

  • Eastern Missouri Laborers’ Educational and Benevloent Fund – $400,000
  • Working for Working Americans – $200,000
  • Heavy Constructors Association – $200,000
  • Communications Workers of America – $150,000

Koster’s latest campaign finance report, filed in January, lists $5.8 million in cash on hand, putting him well ahead of his four Republican rivals.

Organized labor has long been a prominent backer of Koster. The attorney general joined union workers and other Democratic officials March 30 to rally against a proposed “paycheck protection” bill. The measure, which would require annual permission to deduct union dues from public workers’ paychecks, passed the Missouri House and Senate with veto-proof majorities but was vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon.

Read more: Kansas City Star

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