Fundraising for November's St. Louis County executive race has nudged past $3 million, campaign finance reports filed this week with the Missouri Ethics Commission show.
In the quarter that ended last month, Republican challenger Bill Corrigan significantly outraised incumbent Democrat Charlie A. Dooley. Corrigan raised $340,000 and spent $71,000 in the reporting period; Dooley raised $210,000 and spent $170,000.
Dooley, however, has collected $2 million overall, nearly double Corrigan's overall haul. Dooley has received a number of large donations from corporate and labor interests, such as $10,000 in June from the public employees union and $15,000 in March from Express Scripts.
In another closely watched race, Republican congressional hopeful Ed Martin, who was chief of staff to former Gov. Matt Blunt, is nearly keeping pace with U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan, a St. Louis Democrat seeking his fourth term.
Martin raised $234,000 between April 1 and June 30, giving him $570,000 available to spend. Carnahan raised $350,000 in the same period, giving him $668,000 cash on hand.
On the statewide ballot, former U.S. State Department official Tom Schweich, a Republican, was far ahead of his rival for the GOP nomination for state auditor. Bolstered by support from Clayton businessman Sam Fox — one of the nation's leading Republican fundraisers — Schweich raised $300,000 for the reporting period, giving him $616,000 cash on hand.