Political Rewind: Campaign Donations Ramp Up As Election Nears

Patch prides itself on local coverage, but Missouri politics can have just as much an effect as local government. Here's an easy guide to what happened this week on the state political scene.

Editor's Note: The following articles were aggregated from several news organizations in Missouri. You can read more about each story by clicking on the headline.

Democratic governors’ group gives Nixon $300,000 (News-Tribune)

The Missouri affiliate of the Democratic Governors Association has given $300,000 to Gov. Jay Nixon’s re-election effort.

Nixon’s campaign reported the contribution Thursday. State law requires campaigns to report donations of more than $5,000 within 48 hours to the Missouri Ethics Commission.

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Mo. Sen. McCaskill raising money in California (News-Tribune)

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill is raising money in California for her re-election bid against congressman Todd Akin.

The Democratic senator was in California on Wednesday and Thursday for what her campaign described as a fundraising swing through the state.

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Akin, McCaskill campaign spar over tax returns (News-Tribune)

Republican challenger Todd Akin wants Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill to release her husband’s income tax returns, even though Akin hasn’t done so himself.

Akin said Wednesday that the Democratic incumbent should release the tax returns of her husband, Joseph Shepard, to prove the family didn’t personally profit from nearly $40 million of federal housing subsidies paid to businesses affiliated with Shepard. Akin campaign adviser Rick Tyler said Akin won’t release his own tax documents unless Shepard does first.

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Feds paid $40M to firms tied to McCaskill's spouse (News-Tribune)

Businesses affiliated with the husband of Sen. Claire McCaskill have received almost $40 million in federal subsidies for low-income housing developments during her first five years in office, but McCaskill’s campaign said Tuesday that none of that money made it into the family’s personal bank accounts.

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Akin tops $1M in online donations for Mo. Senate (News-Tribune)

Republican challenger Todd Akin says he has topped $1 million in online donations for his campaign against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri.

Akin mounted an aggressive online fundraising drive in mid-August after losing the financial backing of some Republican groups because of his remarks about women’s bodies having ways of avoiding pregnancy in what he described as “legitimate rape.”

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Akin mocked by national comedy shows (politicmo.com)

On national television Friday night, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin was the focus of numerous comedy bits lampooning his now infamous “legitimate rape” remark.

The first reference to Akin’s comment appeared on NBC’s 30 Rock, where actor Tracy Jordan referenced Akin’s comments in a mock debate.

The second reference appeared Thursday night on Comedy Centeral’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

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Women’s issues a defining topic in Senate race (politicmo.com)

Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill has made women’s health care issues a pillar of her reelection campaign, and, in a state that so vehemently opposes abortion, has been strikingly successful.

In six seconds in August, a race that was supposed to be about the economy and federal regulations turned into a discussion about women’s issues, in terms of everything from health care to whether women and men should be paid equally.

Then, her Republican rival, U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, made his infamous comment in which he stated that women can somehow shut down pregnancy in cases of “legitimate rape.”

Now, every comment Akin makes about women is carefully scrutinized. Akin sparked a new storm late last month when he criticized McCaskill’s debate performance as less “lady like” than her Senate debates in 2006.

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Koster, Martin debates unlikely (politicmo.com)

The prospect for a debate between Missouri’s candidates for attorney general are dim.

Democratic incumbent Chris Koster and Republican challenger Ed Martin are split on the exact debates to participate in, effectively killing any chance of having a single debate, at all.

Koster has agreed to debate Martin later on Oct. 19 at the annual meeting of the Missouri Bar Association, but Martin is unlikely to attend do to a scheduling conflict.

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Missouri politicos tweet the VP debate (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Missouri lawmakers and others took to Twitter tonight to size up Vice President Joe Biden and Republican rival U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan. 

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Panel to review candidates for Missouri Supreme Court vacancy (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Missouri’s Appellate Judicial Commission will interview candidates today for a vacancy on the state Supreme Court.

Beginning at 10 a.m., the panel will interview 18 applicants. The group expects to meet at 3:30 p.m. to select three of the candidates to pass onto the governor for review.

As we’ve previously reported, the vacancy was created when Judge William Ray Price Jr. retired from the bench in August. Price cited concerns over the ballot measure that could alter the way appellate judges are selected in Missouri.

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Legislative panel reviews Missouri Criminal Code (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Missouri lawmakers have been meeting every Tuesday over the past few weeks to discuss a potential revamp of the state’s criminal code.

The Joint Interim Committee on the Missouri Criminal Code began its public input portion Tuesday.

The group will file a report of its recommendations by Nov. 15 for the Legislature to review next year.

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Jay Nixon's options for Supreme Court won't include any firsts (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

The Appellate Judicial Commission last night removed some of the questions Gov. Jay Nixon might have weighed in considering whom to appoint as the next Missouri Supreme Court judge.

Based on the nominees, Nixon won’t have to decide whether he wants to give the seven-member high court its first-ever female majority. No woman made the panel of three finalists.

Nixon also won’t have to consider whether to give the court a second black judge for the first time ever. The lone minority applicant – Court of Appeals Judge Lisa White Hardwick of Kansas City -- wasn’t nominated, either.

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National Review cites Missouri AG race as one to watch (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

The National Review, a key barometer of conservative thinking, has listed Missouri's contest for state Attorney General as one of top three AG races to watch across the country.

The publication—which was kind enough to reference “the left-leaning St. Louis Post-Dispatch”—nonetheless came up with the same general analysis that the newspaper recently did: That Republican challenger Ed Martin is pressing national ideological issues in his bid to unseat incumbent Democratic Chris Koster.

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Two months after controversy, Akin's campaign reaping cash, rape threats (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Congressman Todd Akin's national notoriety since his “legitimate rape” comment has spawned campaign contributions totaling more than $1 million, much of it in small donations from around the country.

It's also spawned rape threats, Akin said an interview with the Post-Dispatch editorial board.

On the other hand, he said, the bombshell controversy has brought in a flood of small donations—generally around $100 each—from conservative supporters all over America.











squiddnumon October 15, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Every year politicians get more out of control with their spending. Its time to erase our apathy and look at the record. You can visit mccaskillrecord.com for a full view of Claire McCaskill's reckless spending record.


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