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Smith, Hodges release fundraising numbers for 8th District race

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Steve Hodges
Jason Smith
Republican and Democratic candidates running for the U.S. House of Representatives seat in Missouri's 8th Congressional District on Monday released preliminary fundraising figures.

Jason Smith, a Republican from Salem, Mo., who is serving as speaker pro tem in the Missouri House of Representatives, has raised $308,000 since he was nominated Feb. 9 by a congressional committee, according to a news release from his campaign.

State Rep. Steve Hodges, a Democrat from East Prairie, Mo., raised $121,000 in the last 20 days of March, his campaign manager, Jake Breymaier, said in a release.

A special election to fill the seat will be June 4. The vacancy was created in January when Jo Ann Emerson, Missouri's longest-serving member of Congress, resigned to begin a new job as CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

The first quarterly report candidates must file April 15 with the Federal Election Commission will show details of contributions made through March 31. Candidates' principal campaign committees also are required to file 48-hour notices with the FEC starting May 16, which will show contributions of $1,000 or more received after the 20th day, but more than 48 hours, before the day of the election.

Of contributions made so far to Hodges' campaign, Breymaier said that "nearly $98,000 of the total raised came from more than 250 individual donors," which shows "that Hodges is building a strong grassroots network of support."

Smith's campaign said contributions to his campaign came from each of the district's 30 counties and Smith "opened his campaign in very strong financial shape."

In the first week after he was nominated, Smith reported raising more than $40,000 on the first full day of his campaign and has said his goal for the race is to raise between $800,000 and $1 million.

Hodges was tapped as the Democrats' nominee a week after Smith's nomination.

Past races for the 8th Congressional District have seen election bids cost upward of $1 million for each candidate, most notably in 2010 when Emerson raised more than $1.8 million, while her Democratic opponent Tommy Sowers raised more than $1.5 million. But those races lasted, in some cases, a year. Only 56 days remain until voters head to the polls in June.

On Monday, Smith said he spent the last four days campaigning in Cape Girardeau, where he attended several events and also has opened a campaign headquarters office. Hodges is planning to attend a question-and-answer session with a Chaffee, Mo., nonpartisan political group, SEMO 10, at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Chaffee VFW hall, according to a news release from the group. The event is open to the public, and will include questions for Hodges over a range of topics, including abortion, spending and gun control.

Both Hodges and Smith, along with Libertarian Party candidate Bill Slantz, Constitution Party candidate Doug Enyart and several write-in candidates, are planning to participate in a public forum hosted by the League of Women Voters and KRCU radio on April 25 at the Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center.

Smith recently received several boosts of support through endorsements by statewide agricultural groups, including the Missouri Farm Bureau, the Missouri Cattlemen's Association and the Missouri Corn Growers Association.

Breymaier pointed to Hodges' business experience as a former longtime grocery store owner and his conservative reputation through past Missouri Right to Life endorsements and National Rifle Association membership in Monday's release.

"Our supporters know that Steve is the only candidate with the conservative fiscal and management experience to fix the mess created by Washington politicians," Breymaier wrote in the release. "Our fundraising numbers and continued momentum reflect that conviction."

Smith also has been rated "solidly pro-gun" by the NRA and has the Missouri Right to Life political action committee's endorsement in his bid for Congress.

Hodges' campaign on Monday said $4,332 raised has been spent so far, leaving $117,293 cash on hand.

Smith's top campaign contributors in his November 2012 bid for re-election to the Missouri House of Representatives were Rex Sinquefield, a retired financial executive who gave millions to political campaigns in 2012 and heads the Missouri-based conservative think tank Show Me Institute; health-care political action committees; and utility service and manufacturing businesses. Hodges' largest contributors were manufacturing and agricultural businesses, labor unions, education groups and individuals.



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You get what you pay for.....wonder who the big contributors are ?....and what they expect in return ???

-- Posted by CB1 on Mon, Apr 8, 2013, at 5:04 PM

Where is a story about Smith and Hodges stance on the issues?

-- Posted by TheCamp on Mon, Apr 8, 2013, at 6:49 PM

Wanna score points? Donate 80% of that to an honest charity. You're not in a primary; it's you or the other dude. You don't need to run tons of ads, put out a ridiculous amount of trashy signs, etc.

Donate 80% of your campaign contributions and show that it's not about who is getting a return on their "investment" in your campaign, but rather what you can do to assist your constituency.

Make a change; freshen up. The young voters are SICK of seeing hundreds of thousands of dollars wasted during campaigns. SICK of it. We make fun of you on social media for doing it, and all of that donated campaign money demoralizes your integrity.

But, hey, maybe that's just my perspective.

-- Posted by Iceburg on Mon, Apr 8, 2013, at 11:17 PM

The Camp,

They are both "pro-life" and "pro-gun". What else is there?

-- Posted by Simon Jester on Tue, Apr 9, 2013, at 4:53 AM

Where do they stand on the proposed solar/windmill farm act?

-- Posted by TheCamp on Tue, Apr 9, 2013, at 6:34 AM

Well done Mr. Smith. Well done.

-- Posted by SterlingCooper on Tue, Apr 9, 2013, at 8:47 AM

"In the first week after he was nominated, Smith reported raising more than $40,000 on the first full day of his campaign and has said his goal for the race is to raise between $800,000 and $1 million."

Raising a ton of money is the goal of his campaign? You would think that winning, and being a good representative would be the goal. At least it is easy to know who he is going to serve when he raises this kind of money.

-- Posted by Simon Jester on Tue, Apr 9, 2013, at 11:34 AM

Same oh same oh the one with the largest cash pile wins every time any more. Elections is not based on character and what the person will do it is based off of who has the largest bank roll from the major corporate giants that buy law through the campaign contributions.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Tue, Apr 9, 2013, at 5:40 PM

Ah yes, Rex Sinquefield, billionaire owner of a significant number of our state lawmakers, including Mr. Smith. Now he wants to be the first billionaire on his block to own a federal lawmaker from Southeast Missouri. Ah yes, good old Rex. You know, the one running all the TV ads castigating the Governor for wanting the Medicaid expansion. Oh, but you know the effort as the "Club for Expansion" or some such bogus cover that Rex has also bought. Among other endeavors, Rex also wants to purchase a new tax code for Missouri that places a 14% sales tax on the middle class. Smith will make a nice addition to the stable for this billionaire with Napoleonic ambitions.

-- Posted by wrcactus on Tue, Apr 9, 2013, at 6:11 PM

wrcactus: this is not to even mention that Smith is the Missouri Co-Chair for ALEC. This Alec is poison. They craft legislation for state reps like Smith who bow at their alter. People should google ALEC to see what they really are.

-- Posted by howdydoody on Tue, Apr 9, 2013, at 6:22 PM

Steve Hodges, Democratic nominee for Missouri's 8th Congressional District will be attending the SEMO-10 meeting , Wed. April 10 for a question and answer forum with the public. The forum starts at 7:00 pm at the Chaffee VFW hall.

-- Posted by mobushwhacker on Tue, Apr 9, 2013, at 9:15 PM

Rex Sinquefield..."Club for Expansion"...ALEC...SEMO-10?

Where do you stand on the proposed solar/windmill family farm bill?

-- Posted by TheCamp on Tue, Apr 9, 2013, at 10:16 PM

I like the fact that Rep. Hodges continues to do his job while running for Congress. Meanwhile, Rep. Smith has missed numerous votes in the last few weeks. Will he continue to put himself over his constituents as our congressman?

-- Posted by CSP on Tue, Apr 9, 2013, at 10:44 PM

CSP, Hodges isn't voting but he's signing in for daily check from the taxpayers.


Jason Smith is doing both jobs. Mr. Hodges is "gaming" the system.

-- Posted by SterlingCooper on Wed, Apr 10, 2013, at 8:21 AM

That is BS and you know it Sterling Cooper. Smith has been campaigning non stop since he won the nomination. He has not been in the statehouse either.

Thanks to the selfish actions of Jo Ann Emerson, that is one federal congressional district, and two state congressional districts that have NO REPRESENTATION!

-- Posted by Simon Jester on Wed, Apr 10, 2013, at 8:35 AM

"I think what I learned from that experience in East Prairie was servicing my customers, which is what I do as State Legislator. I developed relationships with people. I found what their lives were about. I will tell you that it is getting more difficult every day. We know that in the Eighth Congressional District. That is what makes us special in south east Missouri. We may not have great financial means, but we are good, hard-working people. We work behind each other and do things for each other. I want to carry the voice to Washington D.C. about how people are in the Eighth District. With my life, work and education experiences I can be that voice," Hodges said. Now, compare that understanding to what Jason Smith said - I actually know what it means to balance a budget, live within its means and sign the front of the check, not just the back. That is the kind of experience that we need to see more of at the local, county, state and federal level," Smith said in his introduction. Now, you decide, who will listen and understand their constituents better?

-- Posted by joy6625 on Wed, Apr 10, 2013, at 10:37 AM

The ALEC Chairman - Representative Jason Smith (R-150), Speaker Pro Tem of the Missouri House of Representatives and the Republican Candidate for Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson's vacant seat in the 8th district.

What kind of Farm is this? - "The family farm I own, it still has no running water on it today. My grandfather lived there until the late 90's and he never had running water." He tells his audience - I grew up near Salem, Missouri as a fourth-generation family farmer. ~ Jason Smith

Constitutional Right to Farm amendment - HJR 11 & 7

Passage of HJR 11 & 7 will send a strong message to Humane Society of the United States and other radical animal rights groups that their radical agendas are not welcome in Missouri. Next step -- progresses forward for a hearing in front of the full State Senate -- if passed out of the State Senate, the Right to Farm Amendment would then be placed before Missouri citizens to vote on the Nov 2014 ballot. Let's give voters the opportunity to send a strong, clear message to these subversive special interests. They need to know we will not allow their unscrupulous methods to limit our freedoms or destroy the traditions that have been handed down from generation to generation for centuries." -- MO Representative Jason Smith

While leaving current state and local law intact, HJR 7&11 and SJR 22, the Right to Farm referendum legislation, would protect agriculture from the type of outside attacks we have seen in recent years. Right to Farm would ensure that any state laws impacting agriculture would originate in the General Assembly, where they would be vetted by the normal legislative process instead of being pushed on to the ballot with heavy financing from out-of-state special interests.

The following are examples of Jason Smith's "Red Meat" used various printed articles:

Prevent these overzealous activists

Over regulating our farming traditions into oblivion

Send a strong message to radical animal rights groups

Stand together against groups that fuel their fight with emotion and misinformation under the guise of caring for the health and welfare of animals.

Everywhere they go, they push for unnecessary laws and regulations that seek to erode the soil upon which agriculture has grown and thrived in this country for centuries.

They have used their lies to fuel an emotion-based response from voters who would certainly not support their efforts if they knew the truth.

These radicals have become emboldened to continue their assault

We live in a day and age when the traditions and values handed down to us by our forefathers have an enemy that wants nothing less than their extinction

Now, sit back and enjoy the movie.


-- Posted by joy6625 on Thu, Apr 11, 2013, at 12:24 AM


are you kidding? These bills have been dubbed the "Monsanto protection act". Doreen Hannes of truthfarmer.com has said "...bill is being put forth to protect biotech corporations from being constrained in any way from their increasing control and market share in the agricultural realm."

This should scare the hell out of everyone.

Do you realize the Smith is in the back pocket of Monsanto? He was hand picked by Jo Anne Emerson, no other republican had a chance. Also did you realize that Emerson's daughter is chief lobbyist for Monsanto?

Be Informed!

-- Posted by hillbillypatriot on Thu, Apr 11, 2013, at 1:50 PM

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