The superintendent of the Springfield Public Schools -- and the president of the school board -- both contributed money to the campaign of Rep. Charlie Denison. The contributions were made one day after a fundraiser that Denison wrongly claimed the school district was co-hosting for him.
The Republican lawmaker's contributions are found in his latest campaign finance disclosure form. It shows Denison raised $11,400 in the last couple weeks, bringing his total to $35,761. He's spent $23,200. He reports cash on hand of $15,537.
Funny thing about these contributions:
•Dr. and Mrs. Michael D. Hoeman contributed $325 on July 7.
•On the same day, Norman and Nadine Ridder contributed $200.
Hoeman is president of the school board. Ridder is the superintendent.
Denison has an opponent in the August primary. David Dunn's eight-days-prior report hasn't yet been filed but is due by Monday night. His previously filed reports do not list contributions from Hoeman or Ridder.
Neither Hoeman nor Ridder contributed money to Nancy Hagan, the lone Democrat in the race for representative of the 135th District, according to campaign finance reports.