JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) __ Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has raised
about twice as much money as Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, as the state’s
top two executives build toward an expected faceoff in the 2012
Finance figures released Friday by their campaigns show that
Nixon and Kinder each raised a considerable amount of money during
the past three months, but that Nixon raised more, widening his
Nixon, a Democrat, reported receipts of almost $1.5 million
during the recent quarter, boosting his campaign account to $3.2
million. Kinder, a Republican, raised about $1 million during the
quarter and had nearly $1.7 million in his account.
Although Kinder has not formally announced his candidacy for
governor, he has said he will not seek re-election and is expected
to challenge Nixon in next year’s elections.
The quarterly finance reports cover the period from April 1
through June 30, during which Kinder was dogged by media reports
that he had received taxpayer reimbursements for spending hundreds
of nights at St. Louis hotels during his two terms as lieutenant
governor. Kinder wrote the state a personal check roughly
equivalent to his hotel expenses, then wrote the state an
additional check after the auditor’s office said his original
calculation was a little off.
Kinder ultimately repaid the state more than $54,000, an amount
that his campaign attorney said should more than cover any lodging,
meal or travel expenses that could possibly be questioned as
political or personal.
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