Dooley’s campaign fundraising outpaces GOP challenger’s

But Corrigan’s fundraising surpasses cash raised by Dooley’s two prior opponents.

By EVAN YOUNG

County Executive Charlie Dooley’s 2010 re-election campaign continued to take in more dollars than that of his challenger during the fourth quarter of 2009, according to recently released reports from the Missouri Ethics Commission.

However, Republican Bill Corrigan’s campaign now has raised more money than Dooley’s two previous opponents combined.

From Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, Dooley, a Democrat, raised $333,191.52 in monetary and in-kind contributions. That brings his fundraising total thus far to $1,596,822.38.

Corrigan raised $214,606.98 during the same period, increasing his fundraising total thus far to $596,856.18. That amount surpasses the combined total of $573,830.47 that Dooley’s two previous Republican opponents raised in the last two elections.

Gene McNary raised a total of $554,441 during the 2004 election, and Joe Passanise raised a total of $19,389.47 during his 2006 campaign against Dooley.

Dooley’s campaign spent $69,505.45 last quarter, which brings his total election expenditures to $549,646.39. He has $965,038.91 cash on hand. Corrigan’s campaign spent $29,925.06 last quarter and reported total expenditures of $85,900.75. He has $503,166.10 on hand.

The incumbent county executive hopes to win a second four-year term. Dooley, a former county councilman, was appointed to the county’s top post in 2003 after George “Buzz” Westfall’s death. Voters elected Dooley to complete Westfall’s term in 2004, and he went on to win a full term in 2006.

Corrigan, a Ladue resident, is an attorney with Arm-strong Teasdale.

Dooley’s top fourth-quarter contributor was retired financier Rex Sinquefield, who donated $50,000. Other top contributions include $10,000 each from law firm Simmons Browder Gianaris Angelides & Barnerd and Dobbs Tire & Auto Centers Inc., as well as a $9,891.46 in-kind contribution from the Sheraton Westport Plaza Tower.

He also received $5,000 contributions from Robert Stupp of Lemay-based Stupp Brothers Inc., law firm Thompson Coburn, design and construction firm Clayco, the United Food and Commercial Workers political fund, Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc., Boeing and Bommarito West County.

Among other notable contributions to the county executive: $3,500 from Fred Weber Inc.; $3,000 from Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District Board of Trustees Chairman John Goffstein’s law firm, Bartley Goffstein; and $1,000 from Thomas Curran, St. Louis County’s director of intergovernmental affairs.

Also: $525 from Joe Donahue, county elections director; $500 from Motorola; $500 each from Carol House Furniture co-owners Brook Dubman and Amy Dubman-Wells; $250 from County Council Administrative Director Genevieve Frank; $100 from Margaret Donnelly, director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services; $35 from Lance LeComb, MSD manager of public information; and $25 from Marty Zuniga, Democratic candidate for the 100th District state Senate seat.

Local support for Dooley last quarter included Gateway Contractors, $2,000; The Wagener Law Firm, $1,000; Artco Fabricating USA, $1,000; Concord Partnership, $500; and JHB Properties, $500.

Dooley’s top expenditures last quarter included $17,799.10 to campaign treasurer John Temporiti; $15,000 to deputy treasurer Michael Coleman; $7,750 to Florida-based Hamilton Campaigns for research; and $7,500 to Pineda Consulting of Pasadena, Calif., for polling.

Corrigan’s top fourth-quarter contributions were $10,000 each from the Republican State Committee and Frank Bick, former co-owner of the St. Louis Suburban Newspapers, which became part of the Suburban Journals.

He also received more than $17,000 in combined contributions from 45 Armstrong Teasdale colleagues.

Among other notable contributions to Corrigan: $5,000 each from ELCO Chevrolet in Ballwin and John Qualy, managing partner of Northwestern Mutual’s Qualy Group; $2,500 from David Behlmann, president of Behlmann Buick; $2,000 from campaign treasurer Jeff Cook, who is president and CEO of Arco Construction; and $1,000 from former state Sen. Michael Gibbons, R-Kirkwood.

Also: $500 each from campaign spokeswoman Susan Ryan’s consulting firm, 7th District County Councilman Greg Quinn’s campaign, and Jeff Roe, founder and CEO of Axiom Strategies, the Kansas City-based political consulting firm Corrigan is using for his campaign.

Corrigan received local support from Michael Arri of McBride and Son Homes, $2,000; Kurt Witzel, former Mehlville Board of Education member, $300; District 1 state Sen. Jim Lembke, R-Lemay, $300; St. Louis Vendors, $250; Voorhees International, Inc., $2,500; and Medart Inc., $2,000.

His largest fourth-quarter expenditure was $24,639.96, paid to Axiom Strategies for general consulting.

The 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th District County Council seats also are up for election this year.

In the 3rd District, which includes Sunset Hills and part of Crestwood, incumbent Colleen Wasinger, R-Town and Country, reported a $500 contribution from Anheuser-Busch and no expenditures during the fourth quarter of 2009. She has $2,042.90 on hand and thus far is unopposed.

In the 5th District, which includes parts of Affton, Grantwood Village and Crestwood, council hopeful Randy Jotte reported raising $13,010 and spending $687 during the fourth quarter.

The Webster Groves Republican has raised $53,215 and spent $5,233.13 thus far. He has $47,981.87 on hand and reported outstanding debt of $2,325.

Democrat and former Webster Groves Mayor Terri Williams reported no contributions and $48.71 in expenditures last quarter. She overall has raised $2,590 and spent $1,159.14. Williams reported having $1,430.86 on hand.

Incumbent 5th District Councilman Barbara Fraser, D-University City, plans to run for state Senate in District 24.

However, her County Council campaign committee is still active. It reported raising $3,166.51 and spending $2,597.76 in the fourth quarter. Overall she has raised $18,235.58 and spent $15,610.99. Fraser reported having $4,630.87 on hand.

Looking at 2010 state representative races, District 85 Rep. Vicki Englund, D-Concord, reported $11,180 in contributions and $1,317.35 in expenses during the fourth quarter. Her campaign thus far has raised $26,498.22, spent $7,499.82 and has $19,663.85 on hand.

Englund so far has two Republican challengers, Cloria Brown of Lemay and Al Faulstich of Concord. Brown reported raising $3,622.42 and spending $16.45 last quarter.

Her campaign thus far has raised $11,371.74, spent $1,922.16 and has $9,561.06 on hand.

Faulstich reported no fourth-quarter contributions or expenses. Overall, he has raised $4,865 and spent $588.01. He reported having $4,281.99 on hand and $250 outstanding debt.

In District 95, Rep. Mike Leara, R-Concord, reported fourth-quarter campaign earnings of $4,425 and $1,536.33 in expenditures, including a $750 loan payment. Overall he has raised $3,675, spent $1,536.33 and has $2,204.86 on hand.

Term limits will prevent District 96 Rep. Pat Yaeger, D-Lemay, from running again this year. Democrat Scott Sifton of Affton has filed a committee to campaign for her seat. Sifton reported fourth-quarter contributions of $8,380 and expenditures of $2,894.22, including a $501.94 loan payment. He thus far has raised $66,142.66 and spent $19,821.49. Sifton reported having $45,150.92 on hand and $2,039.81 outstanding debt.

District 97 Rep. Walt Bivins, R-Oakville, also cannot run for re-election this year because of term limits. Four fellow Republicans and three Democrats have filed committees to campaign for his seat.

Two-time Mehlville Board of Education candidate Chris Brown of Concord reported raising $25,752 and spending $520 last quarter. The Republican thus far has raised $29,118.35 and spent $1,348.75. He has $26,248.26 and reported a $25,000 loan from himself as outstanding debt.

Republican Gary Fuhr of Concord reported fourth-quarter contributions of $6,333 and expenditures of $1,883.80. Fuhr thus far has raised $21,708, spent $2,652.74 and has $17,560.26 on hand.

Concord Republican Jerry Little reported raising $3,161.50 and spending $2,060.03 last quarter. His campaign for the District 97 seat thus far has taken in $3,866.50, spent $2,199.18 and has $1,387.32 on hand.

Oakville resident Bill Zobrist raised $10,906 and spent $772.15 last quarter, according to his campaign committee’s first report. The Republican has $10,133.85 on hand.

District 97 hopeful Jim Barrett raised $6,564.32 and spent $3,503.35 last quarter. The Concord Democrat’s campaign thus far has brought in $24,389.57, spent $8,065.82 and has $14,988.18 on hand.

Jan Polizzi of Concord reported raising $1,000 and spending $453.75 in her campaign committee’s first quarterly report. The Democrat reported having $546.25 on hand.

Democrat Rudy Pulido of Oakville raised $3,250 and spent $2,136.60 last quarter, making a $582.34 debt payment. His campaign for the District 97 seat thus far has raised $7,200, spent $2,886.60 and reported having $3,731.06 on hand.

District 100 Rep. Sue Schoemehl, D-Oakville, rounds out the local state representatives who will be termed out this year. Democrat Marty Zuniga’s campaign for her seat raised $237.28 and spent $1,920 last quarter. The Oakville resident thus far has raised $6,377.28, spent $3,774.83 and has $2,521.10 on hand.

Republican challenger Marsha Haefner reported fourth quarter contributions of $13,322.55 and expenditures of $5,218.78. The Oakville resident’s campaign has raised $13,322.55 and spent $5,218.78 thus far. Haefner reported having $7,876.22 on hand and a $3,100 loan from herself as outstanding debt.