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Four people so far have declared their candidacies for the 18th district seat in the Missouri State Senate, and based upon the latest campaign finance reports voters across the region will be inundated with political messaging through next August’s primary and possibly beyond.

Four people so far have declared their candidacies for the 18th district seat in the Missouri State Senate, and based upon the latest campaign finance reports voters across the region will be inundated with political messaging through next August’s primary and possibly beyond. 

Rep. Nate Walker (R-3), Rep. Craig Redmon (R-4), Rep. Lindell Shumake (R-5) and businesswoman Cindy O’Laughlin have announced they will seek the Republican nomination for the 18th district Senate seat. That seat has been held by Sen. Brian Munzlinger, a Republican, for the last two terms, meaning he cannot run again due to term limits. 

No Democrats have announced their candidacy to this point. 

Officials have recently had to meet the October filing deadline for the Missouri Ethics Commission’s campaign finance reports, giving an early indication of each campaign’s financial standing. 

O’Laughlin has a massive lead, reporting $154,833 on hand. Redmon has $35,949, Shumake has $10,676, and Walker has $1,530. 

Here’s a closer look at those figures:

O’Laughlin

The Shelbina businesswoman is a co-owner of Leo O’Laughlin, Inc., a concrete and aggregate hauling business with locations in Macon, Marceline and Shelbina. 

She and her husband loaned her campaign $100,000, while an additional $59,850 was donated from other sources. 

Almost half of that amount came from 11 individuals who each donated the $2,600 maximum allowed per election cycle under Missouri’s new campaign finance laws. 

Another 12 individuals have already topped $1,000 in donations. 

O’Laughlin also received donations from two political action committees. Associated Builders and Contractors Political Action Committee, of Kansas City, donated the maximum $2,600. 

ABC is funded largely by small donations, according to Missouri Ethics Commission documents. Missouri campaign finance reporting laws stipulate that if an individual donor does not exceed $100 in donations during an election cycle, their names do not need to be reported. Instead, the total of those donations are listed in the aggregate, and ABC has claimed tens of thousands of dollars in those kinds of donations over the last several years.

The only individual donations listed in the last few years include $1,000 from Tim Porter of Olathe, Kan., and $350 from O’Laughlin. Both of those donations were reported in 2015.

Leadership for America, out of Eureka, Mo., donated $1,000.

Leadership for America PAC started in 2016. It received three donations totaling $657,844 from Missourians for Tim Jones. Rep. Jones served eight years in the Missouri House and was previously Missouri Speaker of the House. 

Redmon

Redmon, of Canton, Mo., is in his fourth term in the Missouri House, and cannot seek the 4th district seat again due to term limits. 

His campaign received $24,440 during the last fundraising quarter, giving him $35,949 on hand. 

Redmon reported 40 individual donations, 24 of which came from political action committees. The largest among those donations are from MO Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association ($1,500), MHA PAC ($1,500), Home Building Industry PAC ($1,000), MPGA Propane PAC ($1,000), MO Truck PAC ($1,000) and Southern Glazer’s MO PAC ($1,000).

The Missouri Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association “exists to promote the longevity and success of petroleum marketers through the unified efforts of its members,” according to the PAC’s website. Its donations come from petroleum companies, convenience store companies and related entities. 

MHA PAC is the lobbying arm of the Missouri Association for Healthcare Public Relations and Marketing, part of the Missouri Hospital Association, while Home Building Industry PAC is the lobbying arm of the Home Builders Association of St. Louis. MPGA Propane PAC is the lobbying arm for the Missouri Propane Gas Association, and MO Truck PAC is the lobbying arm of the Missouri Trucking Association. 

Southern Glazer’s MO PAC is the lobbying arm for Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, a beverage distribution organization. 

Redmon also received $500 from A Better Missouri PAC, a new political action committee backed mainly by the Anheuser-Busch company, which had provided $53,000 this year. 

Shumake

Shumake, of Hannibal, Mo., is also in his fourth term in the Missouri House, up against term limits. 

His campaign received $7,920 during the last quarter, and he ended with $10,676 on hand. 

Shumake reported $2,270 in contributions from individuals giving $100 or less, meaning he does not need to report their individual names and addresses. 

None of his contributions were from political action committees.

His largest individual donors were a pair of contributors who each gave $1,500.

Walker

Walker reports $1,530 on hand in the October filing. His campaign raised $5,800 during the last quarter, including a $2,500 personal loan. That brings his total personal campaign debt to $27,500, with money carrying over from personal loans to his previous campaigns. 

Six of the seven donations received by his campaign came from political action committees, with $1,000 from the Missouri REALTORS PAC, Inc. He received $500 each from MBA Mark Twain Region PAC, PWPAC, FEAPAC of Missouri and Home Building Industry PAC.

PWPAC has received most of its funding from Penman and Winton Consulting of Jefferson City, Mo. The consulting and lobbying firm has donated $40,000. 

FEAPAC is the Farmers Employee Agent Political Action Committee. Its contributions come in small amounts from individual insurance agents. 

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