The campaign coffers are filling up for two candidates vying in the Aug. 2 primary for the Republican party nomination in the 23rd District State Senate race in St. Charles County, according to reports filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission, which tracks campaign finance activity.
Two major contributors to that race also are contributing heavily to other Republican primary candidates in contested Missouri House races in the county.
State Rep. Anne Zerr and Bill Eigel, two of the three candidates seeking the Republican nomination in the 23rd District, are the leading campaign fund raisers and spenders among county state legislative candidates in the primary. Wentzville municipal judge Mike Carter is the third Republican candidate. The winner will face the winner of the Democratic primary in a race that features Richard Orr and Greg Upchurch.
The 23rd District race includes much of the eastern part of the county. The winner in the Nov. 7 general election will replace former state Rep. Thomas Dempsey, a Republican who served as Missouri Senate President Pro Temp. Dempsey served as a state senator since 2007 after serving seven years in the Missouri House from 2001 to 2007
Just a few weeks before the primary, campaign contributions continue to roll in. Zerr, who was elected as state representative in 2008 and who represents the 65th District, reported a $20,767.28 contribution on July 18 to the Missouri Ethics Commission from the Missouri Realtors Political Action Committee [PAC]. Her quarterly campaign finance report as of July 15 showed $99,055 on contributions for the period between April and July, and $324,672 on hand.
Zerr’s major contributors during this campaign period included $10,000 from the Simmons Hanly Group from Edwardsville, Illinois, $5,000 from the Communications Workers of America, $5,000 from the Eastern Missouri Labors’ Education and Benevolent Fund, $2,000 from Excaliber International, $1,000 from General Motors Corp. and contributions of $1,000 or less from labor unions including Building Trades, Labors Local 660, United Steel Workers and other unions along with a list of smaller contributions and individual PACs.
Eigel’s latest campaign finance reports list $345,619.98 on hand as if July 15, with $173,552 raised during the period between April and July 15. Eigel received separate contributions of $50,000 from David Humphreys, the chief executive officer for Tamko Building Products Inc., of Joplin; and a $50,000 contribution from the Missouri Club for Growth, funded by St. Louis billionaire Rex Sinquefield.
Humphreys, his sister Sarah Humphreys Atkins and other family members are one of the state’s two major conservative political donors. Sinquefield is the other.
Other contributors to Eigel’s campaign during his period include $5,500 from Citizens for Mark Parkinson – a candidate who filed but withdrew for the 23rd District seat – $5,001 from Onder for Missouri, the campaign committee for state Sen. Robert Onder- 2 District in the county and $2,500 from the Ameren Missouri PAC. Carter has filed no disclosure reports with the state.
Several other contested Republican Party state representative races in the county have also attracted major contributions from Humphreys, Humphreys’ family and Sinquefield.
Republican challenger Mary West has been a major beneficiary in the 106th District primary race that pits her against incumbent Chrissy Sommer. The winner would face Democrat Michael Dorwart in the November general election. Dorwart is unopposed in the August primary.
West reports $40,149.50 on hand as of July 15, and raising $44,345 in receipts during the period ending July 15, according to her campaign finance reports. She received a $12,500 contribution from Tamko Building Products, a $12,500 contribution from Sarah Atkins, and a $2,500 contribution from Missouri Club for Growth. Other contributors this period include $500 Brinkman Construction, $250 for Lisa Baue, and $200 from Harlan Pals,
Sommer, who has served the district since 2012, reports $46,299.71 on hand as of July 15, raising $11,970 during this period. Major contributors to her campaign include $2,500 each from Teamsters Local Union 688 and from the Friends of Todd Richardson, as well as $1,000 each from Onder for Missouri and Missourians for Mike Cierplot.
Incumbent Justin Hill in the 108th District, who is facing a challenge from O’Fallon City Councilmember Jeff Schwentker in the Republican primary, reports $73,907 on hand as of July 15 with $63,271 raised during this period. Major contributions this period include separate $12,500 contributions from David Humphreys and Sarah Atkins, $10,000 from the Missouri Club for Growth, $6,000 from Rivertown Enterprises of Washington, Mo., $5,000 from MHA PAC, $2,500 from the Friends of Todd Richardson, and $1,000 from Pinnacle Entertainment of Las Vegas, NV.
Schwentker reports raising $8,535.21 during this period with $1,288.20 on hand. Major contributors this period include $2,500 and $500 from Citizens for a Better Tomorrow of St. Peters, $1,000 from IAFF Firefighters and Paramedics of St. Charles and Lincoln counties, $500 from International Firefighters of Eastern Missouri and $500 from the Electrical Volunteer Political Action Committee.
In the 107th District, Republicans Nick Schroer and Rick Lucas, vying to replace incumbent Ron Hicks who moved out of the district, are far apart in fund raising. Schroer reports $23,002 on hand at the end of the reporting and $13,030 raised during the reporting period.
Major contributors to Schroer’s campaign include $2,500 from Missouri Club for Growth, $2,500 from Roy Pfautch, $1,000 from Menlo Smith, $220 and $305 contributions from the Friends of Robert Cornejo, and $500 from the Missouri Realtors PAC. Lucas reported $816 on hand.