Thursday, July 16, 2009

Fund raising moves at fast clip for St. Louis County executive candidates

By Phil Sutin
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and Bill Corrigan, his likely Republican opponent in the November, 2010 election for the office, are raising money at a fast pace, campaign finance reports said.

Dooley, a Democrat, reported raising $320,764.69 between April 1 and June 30. Corrigan, an attorney from Ladue, didn’t enter the contest until mid-May; he reported raising $276,373 between May 15 and June 30.

Following state law, both candidates on Wednesday filed quarterly campaign finance reports with the state Ethics Commission. Both candidates must win their respective party primaries for the office in August 2010 before they can face each other in the following November.
Dooley reported having $429,707.22 in his campaign chest. Corrigan said he had $265,118.13 available.

John Temporiti, the campaign manager and treasurer for Dooley, said the county executive is well on his way toward reaching a target of raising $1 million this year. “I fully expect we’ll raise well over $1 million,” Temporiti said Tuesday.

Since the end of the reporting period, Dooley has raised an additional $36,000, reports his campaign filed with the Ethics Commission show.In the reporting period, contributors were about evenly divided between those who contributed $500 or less and those donated $501 or more, Temporiti said. The spread of contributions shows an enthusiastic level of support for the county executive, Temporiti said.

In a statement Corrigan said volunteer support and resources he has received thus far has been overwhelming. “This election is clearly going to be different from the past,” he said.

Corrigan has said he plans to raise $1 million for his campaign.

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