JEFFERSON CITY, Mo – In the final quarter of 2013, State Auditor Tom Schweich reported receiving a total of $238,629.64, leaving his campaign with a total of $662,109.13 on hand at the end of the reporting period. With a large contribution received after the close of the quarter, the Auditor now has in excess of $760,000 on hand. This quarter is another in a line of strong fundraising quarters from Auditor Schweich, and he now holds nine of the top ten fundraising quarters for candidates for the office of State Auditor, excluding self-funders. In each of the past three fundraising quarters, the Auditor’s campaign has reported raising more than $200,000.
“I am honored to once again receive such generous support from people across Missouri. I want to thank everyone for their support,” said Schweich. “During the upcoming year, I look forward to continuing to travel around the state and speaking to the people of Missouri about my work promoting transparency and accountability in state government. Protecting taxpayer money is my number one priority, and I am dedicated to continuing this important work.”
Tom Schweich was elected to the office of State Auditor in 2010, becoming the first Republican to unseat a down-ticket Democrat incumbent in more than 40 years. As Auditor, he has introduced a number of reforms including a follow-up team (AFTER), rapid response team (ASAP), and a grading system to increase the effectiveness of audits and promote transparency and accountability.
Schweich began his career in public service while serving as Chief of Staff to former Senator Jack Danforth during the Waco investigation went on to serve as Chief of Staff to three Ambassadors to the United Nations. He later served as one of the top law enforcement officials in the State Department and as U.S. Coordinator for Counternarcotics and Justice Reform in Afghanistan. In 2007, he was accorded the personal rank of Ambassador by President Bush.
Schweich is a graduate of St. Louis County Public Schools, Yale, and Harvard Law School. He lives in St. Louis County with his wife, Kathy, and two children.