JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Diane Franklin is showing she is all in in her bid for state Senate with a donation of $100,000 to own campaign, according to filings with the Missouri Ethics Commission.
The term-limited representative from the 123rd District will face-off with Justin Brown and Keith Frederick in the Republican primary in August. Ryan Dillon is the Democrat candidate. They are all running to replace Sen. Dan Brown, who is term-limited.
As of last quarter filings on January 15, 2018 with the MEC, Brown had $200,118.85, Frederick had $18,303.07, and Franklin has $11,481.28 cash on hand. Dillon had $56,663.72 on hand as of January 15. The next quarterly filing date is April 15, 2018.
It is not uncommon for candidates to make substantial donations to their own campaigns, particularly in competitive races. Candidate for state Senate Cindy O’Laughlin has contributed upwards of $100,000 to her campaign for the 2018 elections and a few years back, in his bid for state Senate Casey Guernsey donated $100,000 to his campaign.
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