Koster Has Raised $1.6 Million For Governor Bid, Latest Finance Reports Show

Chris Koster, Missouri attorney general | Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Chris Koster | Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster raised $613,000 in the last three months of 2013 and has almost $1.6 million in the bank to fund his bid for Missouri governor in 2016, according to his campaign finance report.

Campaign finance reports for Oct. 1 through Dec. 31 were due Wednesday to the Missouri Ethics Commission.

The only statewide office that will be on ballots in November will be auditor. So far no one has decided to run against Republican incumbent Tom Schweich. According to Schweich’s campaign finance report, he raised more than $238,000 in the past three months. He has $662,000 on hand as he enters his election year.

Koster’s campaign finance report lists several individual donations of $25,000, including one from Gregory Wendt of San Francisco. Companies that donated that amount and were based in Missouri included Missouri Drive Fund, Holman Schiavone LLC., and Brown and Crouppen PC. Among the Missouri-based entities that contributed $10,000 were the St. Louis Rams, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Kansas City PAC and Ameren Missouri PAC.

Gov. Jay Nixon, who is not eligible for reelection, has not announced his plans after he leaves the office. Nixon’s campaign finance document says he is running for a statewide office, but it does not specify which one. His committee, A Better Missouri with Governor Jay Nixon, did, however, donate $3,000 to Jason Kander, at the end of December. Kander raised $52,000, and he entered 2014 with $216,000 on hand. He is listed as running for secretary of state. There are no other candidates listed for the 2016 secretary of state on the Missouri Ethics commission site.

Tim Jones | Photo courtesy of Tim Jones
Tim Jones | Photo courtesy of Tim Jones

Going for Koster’s attorney general seat is state Sen. Kurt Schaefer, a Columbia Republican, who has reached his term limit in the House. According to Schaefer’s finance report, he raised more than $130,000 throughout the past three months, which brought his total to about $760,000. Otto Maly, president of Columbia-based Maly Commercial Realty Inc., was among his largest donors with $20,000.  Also among the top contributors were Citizens for Brad Lager, who is running for lieutenant governor, with $15,000 and Sterling Bank with $10,000.

House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, is not eligible for another term in the House. Jones raised almost $258,000 in the past three months, bringing his cash on hand to more than $900,000, according to his finance report. Jones’ report said he was running for a statewide office, though it did not specify which one. In September, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote that Jones was expected to join the race for attorney general.

For the lieutenant governor position, there are two candidates listed by the Missouri Ethics Commission: Lager, a Republican, who was unsuccessful in 2012, and Democrat Fred Kratky.

Lager’s financial report said he raised $9,000 while spending more than $50,000. About $20,000 of that was toward a “polling survey.” His cash on hand totals almost $78,000. Meanwhile, Kratky did not raise any money for the 2013 calendar year and had $50,000 on hand going into 2014.

The next reports are due April 15.

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