JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Candidates seeking office or re-election across Missouri are touting their big second quarter fundraising hauls ahead of the July 15 filing deadline.
In the Missouri governor’s race, all-but-declared candidate Eric Greitens claims to “lead the pack” among Republican fundraising efforts. Greitens hauled in $791K giving him $1.1 million cash on hand, an impressive start considering the former Navy SEAL has still not technically announced his candidacy.
“There’s a real hunger for a conservative outsider who is not part of the problem in Jefferson City,” Greitens wrote in a statement. “Missourians know that if we work together, we can turn our state around. But it’s going to take new leadership and a new way of thinking in Jefferson City. I’m truly thankful and very encouraged by this support, and I’m excited to say, we’re just getting started.”
Catherine Hanaway, who only recently re-ignited her campaign after a brief suspension following the death of Tom Schweich, hauled in $363K in the second quarter, bringing her total war chest up to $1.5 million.
“I am once again humbled to have earned the support of the many Missourians who have invested in my campaign to restore growth and opportunity to our great state,” Hanaway said. “Our campaign has continued to gain momentum throughout this year. I have enjoyed attending over 50 events in 28 Missouri counties and look forward to visiting all Missouri counties throughout the campaign.”
State senator Mike Parson, who announced in late spring, reported $750K on hand for the quarter after hauling in more than $335K.
“I am humbled to have received such strong support from voters across the state. Over the past several weeks, I have traveled to dozens of cities and met with many voters who – like me – believe electing conservative leadership is of the utmost importance for our state,” Parson said.
The Republicans are all vying for a shot in the general election against the presumptive Democratic nominee, Attorney General Chris Koster. Koster hasn’t released his second quarter fundraising totals yet, but without a significant primary challenge and with more than $3.2 million on hand as of last April, Koster’s totals won’t be the target of as much scrutiny.
For the U.S. Senate, all eyes turn to Democrat Secretary of State Jason Kander as he attempts to unseat the well-funded and entrenched incumbent Sen. Roy Blunt. Kander announced a $750K quarter and about $1.1 million on hand.
“Missourians from every corner of the state have donated to Jason’s campaign because they want a senator that represents them, not Washington,” said Abe Rakov, Kander’s campaign manager. “Powered by those Missourians, our campaign continues to show it will have the resources it needs to unseat Senator Blunt in 2016.”
Blunt, however, continues to lead in fundraising, reporting a $1.3 million fundraising quarter with $3.8 million on hand.
“The federal government and Washington liberals are out of control, intruding in every aspect of our lives, and abroad we face challenges unlike any this nation has ever seen. Missourians understand what is at stake in the 2016 election, and the Blunt Brigade is welcoming new members by the hundreds each month as we all combine our talents and resources for this effort,” said campaign manager Andy Blunt.
Collin Reischman was the Managing Editor for The Missouri Times, and a graduate of Webster University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.