One-time Missourian David Catanese writes over at POLITICO,
What do Carly Fiorina, Jeff Greene and Linda McMahon have in common? They were all self-funding candidates from the 2010 cycle who lack the title of senator.
The lesson: Plowing extraordinary amounts of your own cash into a campaign usually has diminishing returns.
Specific to Missouri, Catanese writes,
In Missouri, businessman John Brunner is also plugging considerable sums of money into a three-way GOP primary fight to overcome a name-recognition deficit. Former state treasurer Sarah Steelman, who leads in GOP primary polling there, also has access to personal wealth but observers in the Show-Me State see Brunner’s ability to easily write himself a seven-figure check as a potentially potent wild card in the race against McCaskill.
Back in 2010 when Ed Martin was challenging Rep. Russ Carnahan, Martin pointed out that Carnahan had spent every penny he raised--even more. "Even in fundraising," Martin observed, "Congressman Carnahan serves as a prime example of the wasteful spending that is currently so rampant in Washington." What would Martin make of Brunner?
The National Journal compares the three campaign's recent finance disclosures:
Steelman raised almost $179,000 during the first three months of 2012, and ended the period with $600,000 in the bank.
Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., one of Steelman's primary challengers, reported raising $416,000 and $1.4 million on hand earlier on Monday. And businessman John Brunner donated another $1.2 million of his own wealth to his campaign to supplement the $168,000 he raised from donors.
That last sentence struck us as funny: the $1.2 million is a supplement to the $168,000?
4/17/2012 8:13:27 AM
Efforts to use public funds to revive Kansas City's jazz district have failed, and likely always will.
Answering individual aggression with government aggression will not lead us to the society we desire.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is wrong when it says that Kansas is going to fall of a fiscal cliff with its pro-growth tax reforms, and that Missouri will do the same if it follows the same path.
Randy Georges Sr. moved to the U.S. to obtain a good education; now, he may have to move across town so his kids can have the same opportunity. This is a sad state, especially when alternatives, such as giving families private school options, exist.
Missouri has at least two chances to win the Border War.
The state’s foundation formula for K-12 education is currently underfunded. Some are calling for more spending, but freedom, not money, is the answer to our problem.
Should Missouri and other states accept an offer of “free money” from Uncle Sam to expand the Medicaid program in their states? Instead of acting as enablers of fiscal profligacy, Missouri and other states should say “no.”
Conservatives ought to consider these items before ceding state power to the federal government.
Proposition B might have brought some much-needed funding for education, but voters turned down the measure. The “no” vote may actually turn out to be a blessing in disguise if legislators act on the need to address school funding issues.
Letters regarding Jacob Turk's race for Congress.
Missouri and Kansas have maintained a steady rivalry for decades, but Kansas' latest tax reforms have changed the competitive landscape between the two states — decidedly in Kansas' favor.
The state board of education voted to grant provisional accreditation to the Saint Louis Public School District, which is the correct decision, but this distinction will mean very little to schools or students.
Subsidies to Ballpark Village and other big-city sports complexes are a gift to some of our wealthiest citizens — sports team owners — that provide little or no broader economic benefit.
Strong teachers’ unions in large public school districts with multiple failing schools will do everything possible to maintain their jobs and benefits. If it is to happen, major reform must come from outside the existing system — through increased competition and choice.
Taxpayer-funded lobbying for local government entities likely will not be banned so it is time to create transparency so citizens can see how their money is being spent.