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Brandom already has fundraising edge for 2008

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Rep. Ellen Brandom
The 160th district representative has raised more than $40,000 for her re-election bid.

With months left before filing even begins for the state's August 2008 primary election, incumbent Republican state Rep. Ellen Brandom of the 160th District already has a huge fundraising edge on anyone who might challenge her for her post.

Brandom, who was first elected in 2006, has already raised more than $40,000 for her re-election bid under her Friends of Ellen Brandom campaign committee, according to the latest financial disclosure form released last month. The contributions come from a variety of sources, including monetary donations from party campaign committees in other districts and other candidate committees, including Perryville Rep. Steve Tilley. Tilley's Friends of Tilley committee gave $500 to Brandom's campaign July 18. State Sen. Jason Crowell's campaign contributed $325.

The report also lists an in-kind contribution from the candidate herself for $2,596.63.

Missouri Republican Party executive director Jared Craighead said Brandom's possession of a large war chest this early in the game doesn't necessarily mean the party is gearing up for a strong Democratic challenge in the district, which covers parts of Cape Girardeau, Scott, Mississippi and New Madrid counties.

"Responsible incumbent candidates do the best the can to collect support from as many Missourians as they can as often as they can," Craighead said. Part of the campaign process is raising money, and responsible candidates collect as much as they can, he said.

Craighead said he couldn't comment on Brandom's donations from other candidates and legislative district committees because he hadn't examined her report. As for whether Brandom's $40,000 raised is an unusually high amount, Craighead said the party hasn't taken stock of what its incumbent candidates have raised.

The state Democratic party reports no candidates have committed to run against Brandom. In 2006, she outraised her opponent Larry Tetley of Sikeston by a 4-1 margin.

Brandom's campaign has raised more money than incumbents in her neighboring districts so far. Friends of Steve Hodges, the campaign committee for 161st District Rep. Steve Hodges, a Democrat elected in 2006, reported just over $10,000 raised in its October report.

Incumbent Republican 159th District Rep. Billy Pat Wright's campaign reports almost $19,000 raised. Incumbent Republican 157th District Rep. Scott Lipke's campaign reported over $27,000 raised in the last reporting period.


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""Responsible incumbent candidates do the best the can to collect support from as many Missourians as they can as often as they can," Craighead said. Part of the campaign process is raising money, and responsible candidates collect as much as they can, he said."

Why!!! Why is this a truth? Campaign finance reform might save our democracy. Place limits of $1.00 per registered voter per election. Create government by the people, of the people, for the people.

-- Posted by TheCamp on Sun, Nov 18, 2007, at 9:27 PM

Honestly, I don't know why these local incumbents even need to waste time raising money for re-election in this area. It seems that once you are in you can have a career for as long as you want. I heard a couple of Emerson commercials on 960 (like 99% of the listeners to that station aren't going to vote straight Republican ticket!) and it basically said "vote for me, my last name is Emerson." Guess they have to make it look like they spent something on their campaign. It really doesn't get any easier than that! Get elected, don't rock the boat, have a nice life.

I don't agree with campaign finace reform for a variety of reasons. Unfortunately (in most cases) the kid with the most toys wins. I don't want a representative in any elected post that can't raise enough money to air a few commercials on Heartland News at 6:00. Sleazy as it is, they gotta at least be smart enough to do that.

The real reason we end up with the same crumb bums decade in/decade out winning elections is that the majority of people could care less. Apathy is rampant and I sympathize. I quote a classic episode of South Park...

Let's get out and vote!

Let's make our voices heard.

We've been given the right to choose,

between a douche and a turd.

It's democracy in action!

Put your freedom to the test.

A big fat turd or a stupid douche,

which do you like best?

-- Posted by Lumpy on Mon, Nov 19, 2007, at 9:18 AM

Lumpy, How does having an ability to accept thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from special interest groups translate into the ability to represent the interest of your fellow citizens? Unlike our political system the kid with the most toys might make the team but the kid with the best ability wins.

-- Posted by TheCamp on Mon, Nov 19, 2007, at 4:32 PM

Sorry for the time lapse, internet issues.

Ability only counts in the NFL. Tony Mandarich is a perfect example.

Name recognition, along with a few well placed tv and radio ads would win almost every time. I see Mary Kaston and Bill Burlison's names getting kicked around. Kinda like the Bush/Clinton/Clinton/Bush/Bush dynasty.

My children have never lived under the rule of someone who's last name isn't either Clinton or Bush.

I'm pretty much convinced that all the hardcore lefties and righties go out and cancel each other's votes. The winner is determined by the slack jawed Dorito eating light beer swilling hack who saw Toby Keith give a "vote or die" spiel on CMT between Dixie Chick videos and hemorhoid cream commercials and decided on a whim he was gonna exercise his constitutional right (although no such right is listed in the Constitution) and go vote damnit! Junior gets to the booth and recognizes only Clinton or Bush or Kaston and guess who Junior votes for?

The entire politcal process has been diluted down to the whims of idiots.

Ability has nothing to do with politics.

-- Posted by Lumpy on Tue, Nov 20, 2007, at 1:38 PM

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