A new political action committee in Springfield has raised nearly $100,000 in just under two months from prominent area businessmen. The Lewis & Clark Ozarks Mountain Forum was created Sept. 12. Retired businessman Neal Ethridge is the group’s treasurer.
Since its creation, Lewis & Clark has brought in more than $95,000 from about a dozen donors, each giving $15,000 or $25,000. Its latest donation came in the last week, when Penn Enterprises in Springfield donated $15,000. Donors include Peter Herschend, co-founder of Herschend Family Entertainment, which owns Silver Dollar City and the Harlem Globetrotters, and John Gentry, president of Positronic Industries. William H. Darr, founder of American Dehydrated Foods and namesake of the Missouri State University School of Agriculture, and Dwayne Holden, CEO of Custom Metalcraft, have also donated.
Gardner Capital President Mark Gardner, who donated $15,000 earlier this month, described the group’s agenda as pro-business, pro-jobs and pro-growth.