Missouri AG candidates rake in cash after limits lifted

Chris Rizo Sep. 2, 2008, 4:26pm

Mike Gibbons (R)

Chris Koster (D)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline)-Missouri Republican candidate for attorney general Mike Gibbons has benefited significantly since the state lifted its limits on campaign contributions late last week.

Since the $5,000 limit on campaign donations was jettisoned Thursday, Gibbons, a state senator, has raked in at least $217,500 in donations exceeding the former $5,000 limit.

Of that money, $150,000 come from a single family - the Humphreys of Joplin, who own Tamko Building Products.

Gibbon's also received $10,000 checks from Republican Gov. Matt Blunt's campaign committee and Missouri Transportation Commissioner Rudolph Farber.

With the new donations and the $341,631 Gibbons reported having on hand at the end of the last reporting period, he has at least $559,131 to spend before the Nov. 4 election.

The Democratic AG nominee, state Sen. Chris Koster, has reported $50,000 in contributions exceeding $5,000. Half of the money came from his law firm: Dollar, Burns & Becker in Kansas City, while the other $25,000 came from the Hershewe Law Firm in Joplin.

Koster last reported having $16,855 on hand at the end of the previous reporting period, leaving him at least $66,855 to spend.

Gibbons and Koster are vying to replace Attorney General Jay Nixon, who is the Democratic nominee for governor.

From Legal Newsline: Reach reporter Chris Rizo at chrisrizo@legalnewsline.com.

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