JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Republicans, who hold nearly all statewide offices, also hold massive fundraising advantages over their Democratic opponents heading into the 2020 election.
Republican Gov. Mike Parson, who is seeking his first full term as chief executive, has a nearly $5 million fundraising lead over his likely Democratic foe, Auditor Nicole Galloway.
According to year-end fundraising reports filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission, Parson and a political action committee raising money for his November election bid had a combined $6.4 million.See Who’s Giving
“Voters realize they can count on Governor Parson to lead our state in the right direction and continue building upon our strong economic success, including tens of thousands of new jobs, low unemployment, historic tax cuts, and rising wages for hard-working Missourians,” campaign spokesman Steele Shippy said.
Among Parson’s largest backers is retired St. Louis financier Rex Sinquefield, who added to the more than $1 million he’s given to Parson when he wrote another $250,000 check to Parson’s Uniting Missouri PAC on Dec. 24.
Galloway reported $1.4 million in two accounts.
“Overall, we raised over $445,000 in just three months,” Galloway said in a social media post touting the large number of small contributions she’s received, saying it shows grassroots support.
Most of the largest contributions given to the PAC supporting Galloway have come from labor unions, including a $50,000 check from the Teamsters on Nov. 13.
Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe, a Jefferson City Republican, reported $950,000 across two accounts as he seeks a full term. No Democrat has stepped forward to challenge Kehoe, who previously was a state senator.
Attorney General Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, has $2.2 million after he and his allies raised more than $600,000.
Two Democrats are seeking to challenge Schmitt, a former state senator who was appointed to the post last year after Republican Josh Hawley moved to the U.S. Senate.
Attorney Rich Finneran of University City, who announced his bid to challenge Schmitt in October, reported raising $100,104 and has $82,800 on hand. Fellow Democrat Elad Gross, a St. Louis attorney, reported $34,767 in his account to start the year.
In the race for secretary of state, incumbent Jay Ashcroft, a Republican, reported having $293,000 in his campaign account.
Political newcomer Yinka Faleti, a Democrat seeking Ashcroft’s job, raised $107,193 and has $70,283 in the bank. Faleti, 43, is an Army veteran and former St. Louis assistant prosecutor. He most recently served as the executive director of the Forward Through Ferguson organization and formerly worked at the United Way of Greater St. Louis.
State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick, R-Cassville, raised $35,270 in the three months leading up to Jan. 1 and had $261,000 on hand.
Former state Rep. Vicki Englund, a Democrat who represented a swath of south St. Louis County, reported having $14,900 in her account.
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