Campaign finance records show that retired financier Rex Sinquefield has been at the top of the list of the state’s 16 biggest individual donors from 2008 until 2013. Sinquefield gave just shy of $3.9 million to Missouri-based candidates and causes in 2013, according to calculations from the “Power Players” database from St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon.
Sinquefield gave $1.8 million last year to Grow Missouri, the group formed to support a multi-faceted tax cut vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon. Sinquefield also gave hundreds of thousands of dollars for ballot initiatives, including one to curtail teacher tenure.
Since 2008, Sinquefield has given $28 million to state and federal candidates or causes. The 16 other people on the “Power Players” list have given a combined total of $20 million during the same time, including $4.9 million to candidates and causes in 2013.
But Sinquefield’s 576 donations from 2008 to 2013 are still less than the $28.2 million that James and Virginia Stowers donated in 2006 to the Missouri Coalition for Lifesaving Cures. That was the initiative petition campaign to prevent the legislature from restricting embryonic stem cell research.