ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – It’s not just Charlie Dooley getting the big-money donations from billionaire Rex Sinquefield.

While Dooley did get a $50,000 last minute check from Sinquefield to help his primary fight against Steve Stenger, Sinquefield also gave $100,000 to republican St. Louis County Executive candidate Rick Stream.

“He’s very interested in market-based solutions to problems and increasing the free market, reducing taxes overall and shifting the tax burden away from income taxes,” says¬†University of Missouri – St. Louis political science professor Dave Robertson on Sinquefield.

Could this donation sway Stream to support a city-county merger? Robertson doesn’t think so.

Sinquefield has been supporting Dooley and Mayor Francis Slay, and both are open to talking about city-county consolidation, but Robertson says he doesn’t think Sinquefield is expecting Stream to become pro-merger.

“I doubt that anybody who can win this election is going to feel very enthusiastic about it,” he says.

Dooley is locked in an expensive primary fight with Steve Stenger. Stream’s primary campaign has been pretty low-key.

The primary for St. Louis County Executive is next Tuesday.

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