Dooley still holding a solid fundraising lead over his rivals

Corrigan raises a total of $737,533.99 since announcing candidacy last year.


While Charlie Dooley continues to hold a solid fundraising lead over his opponents for this fall’s county executive race, challenger Bill Corrigan — a political unknown only a year ago — is fast approaching the $1 million mark.

Campaign disclosure reports for the period of Jan. 1 through March 31 were released last week by the Missouri Ethics Commission.

Dooley raised $264,184.58 during the reporting period and spent $129,550.70. He has $1,093,344.21 cash on-hand for his campaign.

Overall, the Democrat incumbent county executive has raised $1,861,006.76 toward his re-election to a second full term and spent $679,197.09.

Corrigan, a Republican from Ladue, reported raising $140,677.81 and spending $92,292.77 during the first quarter of 2010. He has $544,351.14 on-hand.

In the 10 months since announcing his candidacy, Corrigan has raised $737,533.99 and spent $178,193.52.

Top contributions to the Dooley campaign this quarter were $15,000 from Express Scripts; $10,000 from John Alberici, president of JS Alberici Construction; $10,000 from Hoisting Engineers Local 513 Political & Education Fund; $10,000 from the St. Louis Rams; and $10,000 from the Plumbers & Pipefitters Fund Local 562.

Other notable contributions to Dooley: $5,000 from the St. Louis Cardinals; $5,000 from AT&T Missouri Employee PAC; $1,000 from Crestwood City Attorney Robert Golterman; and $1,000 from Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District Trustee James Buford.

Also: $500 each from Charter Communications and St. Louis Community College Chancellor Zelema Harris; $250 each from Peter Raven, Missouri Botanical Garden president and Michael Esser, vice president of governmental affairs for Edward Jones; and $200 from Marilyn Robinson, St. Louis County Department of Human Services director.

Some of Dooley’s contributions from south county this quarter included $10,000 from developer GJ Grewe Inc. and its various commercial properties in south county; $2,000 from John Saracino, Bartolino’s South restauranteur, $1,250 from Laclede Gas Co. President Douglas Yaeger; $1,000 from Beco Concrete Products Inc. in Oakville; and $500 from L&M Snow Plowing Service in Oakville.

Dooley’s top expenses this quarter included $30,000 to treasurer John Temporiti for campaign management; $15,000 to deputy treasurer Michael Coleman; and $20,000 to MSHC Partners Inc. for consulting.

The top contributions to Corrigan’s campaign this reporting period were $5,000 donations from Michael Hemphill of St. Louis, Ann Rafferty of St. Louis, Clarkson 242 Partnership II in Ellisville, and state House Speaker Ron Richard’s campaign committee.

Corrigan, a lawyer with Armstrong Teasdale, received contributions from more than two dozen attorneys, several of who also work for Armstrong Teasdale.

Among local support for Corrigan this quarter: $1,000 each from Wilson Manufacturing in Green Park, Sound Health Service in Sunset Hills and Medart Inc. in Arnold; and $250 from R.V. Wagner in Green Park.

Corrigan’s top expenditures this quarter were $22,951.58 to Axiom Strategies in Kansas City for general consulting; $13,506 to the Tarrance Group in Alexandria, Va., for polling and research; and $18,351.07 to the Frontenac Hilton for catering and room use.

Dooley’s challenger in this August’s primary, Ronald Levy, had not filed a committee with the MEC at press time. Corrigan’s primary challenger, Nick Farace, along with Libertarian candidate Theo “Ted” Brown Sr., filed statements of exemption saying they hadn’t raised or spent more than $500 during the reporting period.

The only other countywide office up for election this year is prosecuting attorney. Democratic incumbent Robert McCulloch is unopposed for re-election. He reported raising $502.52 and spending $5,849.04 this quarter. His campaign has $169,167.69 on-hand.

Four County Council seats are up for election this year.

First District Councilman Hazel Erby, D-University City, and 7th District Councilman Greg Quinn, R-Ballwin, both are unopposed for re-election.

Erby reported raising $500 and spending $3,266.49 this quarter. She has $6,101.07 on-hand and reported $100 in outstanding debt. Overall she has raised $32,724.84 and spent $22,635.17 this election.

Quinn reported neither raising or spending any money this quarter. His campaign has $18,571.25 on-hand. So far this election he has raised $500 and spent nothing.

In the 3rd council district, incumbent Colleen Wasinger, R-Town and Country, reported raising no money and spending $253 this quarter. She has raised $5,000 overall and has $1,789.90 on-hand. Democratic opponent Kathy Schweitzer had not filed a campaign committee with the MEC at press time.

One Republican and three Democrats are vying for 5th District Council Chair Barbara Fraser’s seat. She is running for the state Senate in the 24th District.

Republican Randy Jotte reported raising $15,505 and spending $5,645.70 this quarter. He has $57,701.17 on-hand and reported $2,325 in outstanding debt.

Overall, Jotte has raised $68,720 and spent $10,878.83.

Among the contributions to his campaign this quarter: $500 from US Bancorp director and former Schnuck Markets Chairman and CEO Craig Schnuck; $250 from Stifel Nicolaus investment banker and Metro Commissioner Hugh Scott III; and $200 from Grantwood Village Treasurer Cathy Forand.

Democratic opponent Pat Dolan reported raising $30,007 and spending $36.84 this quarter. His campaign has $28,898.16 on-hand.

Noteworthy contributions to Dolan this quarter include $2,000 from McCulloch’s campaign; $350 from 4th District Councilman Mike O’Mara and his campaign committee; $250 from 6th District Councilman Steve Stenger’s campaign; and $100 from 2nd District Councilman Kathleen Burkett’s campaign.

Democrat Terri Williams reported raising $1,000 and spending $45 this quarter. Her campaign reported $2,385.86 on-hand.

Democrat Allison Rubin had not filed a campaign committee with the MEC at press time.