Political watchers are spending the weekend poring over campaign finance reports filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission, trying to suss out trends that may mean something this fall.
The report that will get the least amount of media attention is also the report that delivers the most juice. The 7th District Congressional Republican Committee is quietly raising a mammoth amount of money -- precisely $100,000 in the last quarter, giving the committee total receipts of $544,521 this election cycle.
The committee has $374,270 cash on hand.
The report is worth your time because it shows how much special interests want to play a role in deciding who represents us. Examples:
•BellSouth Corporation in Shawnee Mission, Kan., contributed $25,000.
•AT&T in Washington, D.C., kicked in another $25k.
•Peabody Investments in St. Louis and Union Pacific Corp. in D.C. are also listed as $25,000 contributors.
Remember this committee as political races go full-bore in October. Republican candidates will be flush with money. Now you know where it'll come from.