ST. LOUIS–(KMOX)–Holding his first major fundraiser since an exotic dancer upstaged his campaign for Governor, Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder was in his hometown of Cape Girardeua, Mo. last night with 200 friends and GOP superstar Karl Rove.
Kinder’s spokesman Jared Craighead says the event raised $160,000, a little less than half of which was already reported last quarter.
Explaining the math, Craighead says many people sent in checks when the invitations went out, so the money was reported last quarter.
“It was about fifty-fifty,” Craighead said, “So, about $80,000 new dollars and a little less than that from last quarter.”
The cash gathered at the event could offer some insight into Kinder’s viability with the exotic dancer baggage attached to him.
“People all across the state, and in particular in Cape Girardeua in Peter’s hometown, are completely on board and and very supportive of his candidacy,” Craighead said.
At this posting, the Missouri Ethics Commission website had not reported any dollar totals from last night’s event. Craighead says the next posting will be October 15th. There were no contributions over $5,000 requiring a posting within 48 hours.
The last contribution listed for Kinder is from July 27th, about a week before the Tammy Chapman dancer story broke.
Craighead says Kinder has not yet officially declared his candidacy, and he will continue a series of appearances across the state to gauge public support for his run for governor. At last filing, Kinder was trailing Governor Jay Nixon in cash on hand. Kinder had about $1.6 million to Nixon’s $3 million.
His next big fundraiser is slated for September 20 in Springfield, with Republican Governor Haley Barbour of South Carolina.
Craighead says there has been no resolution to the dispute with a Joplin, Mo. donor — David C. Humphreys — who was reportedly seeking a refund of $150,000 from Kinder in the wake of the exotic dancer story. No other donors are asking for a refund, Craighead said.