Dooley, Corrigan collectively raise nearly $600,000


County Executive Charlie Dooley and lawyer Bill Corrigan are political adversaries, but their respective campaigns for the county’s top position collectively have raised nearly $600,000 since April, according to recent reports.

Dooley’s campaign brought in $320,764 in total contributions while Corrigan’s took in $276,373, according to quarterly reports submitted last week, as required by law, to the Missouri Ethics Commission.

Total contributions are the sum of monetary contributions and in-kind contributions, which are non-cash donations such as goods or services.

Dooley, a Democrat, reported spending $38,515 this period and had $429,707 on hand while the Republican hopeful spent $20,844 and had $265,118 on hand.

The reports cover committee activity from April 15 to July 15.

Top monetary contributions to Dooley this period include $10,000 from Civic Service Inc.; $10,000 from law firm Lewis, Rice & Fingersh; $10,000 from the AT&T Missouri Employee Political Action Committee; and $7,000 from architectural and engineering firm HOK Inc.

Other noteworthy monetary contributions to Dooley: $5,000 from Anheuser-Busch Cos.; $5,000 from Emerson Electric; $5,000 from the Drury Development Corp.; $2,500 from Fred Weber Inc.; $500 from Metro President Bob Baer; $400 from Citi-zens for Patricia “Pat” Yaeger; and $250 from St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission Director Kathleen Ratcliffe.

He received the greatest amount of in-kind contributions from area service-station chain U-Gas, $6,200, and Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark, $5,424.

Among Dooley’s south county supporters this period was Gary Grewe, vice president of sales and development at developer G.J. Grewe Inc., who gave $2,500.

Several $1,250 contributions also were listed under G.J. Grewe properties Watson Plaza, Shoppes at Koch Park, Manchester Commons and Gravois Bluffs.

Additional local support for Dooley this period came from JHB Properties Inc., $1,000; Peiker-Piatchek Associates Inc., $500; Excel Fire Protection Inc., $500; Vee-Jay Cement Contracting Co. Inc., $500; and Behrmann Co., $500.

Shortly before the July 15 filing deadline, Dooley also reported receiving $30,000 from political activist and former investment banker Rex Sinquefield and $6,000 from Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 562 Fund. These contributions were not included in the quarterly report.

His previous quarterly report, filed in April, showed Dooley received $181,636 in total contributions, with $168,296 on hand. He spent $30,818.

His largest receipts during that period, Jan. 15 to April 15, were $15,000 from Express Scripts in Maryland Heights; $10,000 from the St. Louis Rams; $10,000 from John Alberici, president of J.S. Alberici Construction; and $10,000 from the Plumbers & Pipefitters Fund.

Dooley hopes to win his party’s nomination in August 2010 and a second full term as county executive that November.

The County Council unanimously appointed him to the position in 2003 after predecessor Buzz Westfall’s death. Voters in 2004 elected Dooley to complete Westfall’s term, and he won re-election in 2006.

At this time four years ago, during his previous campaign, Dooley reported contributions of $162,311 with $256,321 on hand.

Corrigan, who launched his campaign June 2 and is so far Dooley’s only challenger, received the most monetary support this period from Doug Albrecht, chairman of holding company Bodley Group, who contributed $25,000.

He also received $20,000 from C.I. Smith Co.; $10,000 from G&N Service Station Inc.; and $10,000 from Drury Development Corp.

Corrigan’s father, former St. Louis County Circuit Court Judge William Corrigan, contributed $5,000.

He also received $1,000 from former County Executive Gene McNary, who unsuccessfully challenged Dooley in 2004 for the rest of Westfall’s term and now is the Missouri Gaming Commission’s executive director.

About 50 of Corrigan’s colleagues at law firm Armstrong Teasdale made individual contributions, which collectively totaled nearly $30,000.

Corrigan’s top local supporters this period were lawyer Michael Ward of Brown & James, $1,250; retailer Lord & Taylor’s chief operating officer, Mark Weikel, $1,000; and contractor R.V. Wagner, $500.

Even though he’s not yet officially the Republican nominee, Corrigan already is leaps and bounds ahead financially of Joe Passanise, Dooley’s Republican opponent in 2006.

Passanise’s committee filed less than six months before the primary and had received only $16,764 in total contributions eight days before the November election, according to a previous report.

Both Dooley and Corrigan hope to raise at least $1 million apiece.

Their reports are available on the MEC Web site,