Perry County judicial hopeful receives $35,000 from brother in House

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Missouri House Republican Leader Steve Tilley dipped into his large campaign treasury to help his brother Jason Tilley's campaign for Perry County associate circuit judge.

Rep. Tilley's campaign lent his brother $35,000 on July 14 to help against 23-year incumbent Michael Bullerdieck. Jason Tilley had raised $33,812 previously.

Bullerdieck, who had not filed his final preprimary disclosure report with the Missouri Ethics Commission by press time, had reported raising less than $5,000 through June 30.

Steve Tilley, of Perryville, who is unopposed for re-election to the 106th District Missouri House seat, reported raising $90,720 in his preprimary report. He has raised $1.25 million for his re-election committee and had $508,149 in the bank as of July 22.

Jason Tilley reported no other contributions. His biggest expense was $20,000 spent through Victory Enterprises, a Davenport, Iowa-based political consulting firm used extensively by Missouri House Republicans for their campaigns.

The winner of the Republican primary will face Democratic candidate Craig Brewer, whose campaign committee reported no contributions and $100 in expenses during the first three weeks of the month.

Candidates in other area races also reported donations and spending Monday, while candidates for Congress disclosed their fundraising last week. In other area contests:

Cape Girardeau County presiding commissioner: Reports from four Republican primary candidates who file electronically with the Missouri Ethics Commission were available, and state Rep. Clint Tracy maintained his fundraising advantage.

Tracy reported raising $2,080, bringing his total to $37,090. He spent $10,835 on direct mail, newspaper advertising and consulting. As of Thursday, Tracy had $9,210 in the bank.

Financial adviser Chris Hutson, who had raised only $100 previously, reported taking in $4,975, including a $500 donation from his parents -- his father is Circuit Clerk Charles Hutson. Hutson also took in $4,225 at a fundraising event with 12 people on hand at the offices of the Craftsman Independent Union but did not list the names of the donors in his report. Hutson said a mistake was made and that he would file an amended report late Monday or today. Hutson reported spending $3,869 during the period, including $2,070 to advertise on cable television stations and $966 for large campaign signs.

Daisy farmer Stephen Daume lent his campaign $3,000 and received $805 in contributions. The loan was Daume's first to the campaign and brought his total amount raised to $10,675. He spent $5,628 on signs.

Doyle Parmer of Dutchtown reported raising $100 during the period. He spent no money. Parmer has raised $3,950 and had $429 in the bank as of Thursday.

Reports for two other Republican candidates, District 2 Commissioner Jay Purcell and retired firefighter Charles Brawley, are filed with the Cape Girardeau County clerk's office and were not available at press time Monday.

The winner of the Republican primary will face the Democratic winner, either Pat Wissman or Brian Thomas, in the Nov. 2 election.

157th District Missouri House: Republican activist Donna Lichtenegger used $1,225 in donations from political action committees and a $2,929 loan to her campaign to best rival Gerald Adams, a Jackson School Board member, in fundraising. Adams raised $1,950 in the period.

Lichtenegger has raised $27,459 for her campaign. She spent $11,274 during the three-week period focusing on radio, television and newspaper advertising in the district that includes northern Cape Girardeau County and most of Perry County. She had $9,914 on hand.

Adams has raised $25,421. He spent $5,310, all on newspaper advertising, and had $15,160 on hand for the final weeks of the campaign.

The winner faces Jennifer A. Friedrich of St. Mary, the Constitution Party candidate, in the Nov. 2 election.

158th District Missouri House: Cape Girardeau City Council member Debra Tracy took in $3,750 and spent $3,178 split between direct mail and advertising in her race against Wayne Wallingford, human resources director for McDonald's of Southeast Missouri. Tracy has raised a total of $13,550, including a personal loan of $3,000, and had $6,162 on hand.

Wallingford took in $800 during the period and spent $1,279 on brochures. He had $557 in his campaign bank account.

The winner faces Libertarian Party candidate Robert Roland in November.

Cape Girardeau County recorder of deeds: Republicans Shelly Lane and Scott Clark, competing for the right to take on incumbent Democrat Janet Robert in November, both spent more than they took in during the first three weeks of July.

Lane reported receipts of $1,555 and expenses of $1,585. She has raised $4,786 total for the race and had $897 on hand.

Clark took in $955 and spent $3,204, most of it on signs and other campaign materials. Clark has raised a total of $5,307, including a $4,000 loan to his own campaign and had $190 on hand.

Robert, meanwhile, reported only a $170 in-kind contribution, and she had $5,313 in the bank.

8th District Congress: Incumbent Republican Jo Ann Emerson and her Democratic challenger Tommy Sowers spent far more cash than they raised during the first two weeks of July. Sowers spent $128,465 on his campaign while raising $11,403. Emerson, meanwhile, spent $115,586 and raised $19,240. Sowers had $492,989 on hand as of July 14, a little more than half of the $808,539 Emerson had.

No reports were available for Republican primary challenger Bob Parker or independent candidate Larry Bill. Libertarian Rick Vandeven is also seeking the seat but has not raised or spent $5,000, the minimum for filing federal reports.

rkeller@semissourian.com

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