Thu June 13, 2013
Former Mo. Republican Speaker Donates To Democratic Gov. Candidate
Former Missouri House Speaker Steve Tilley, a Republican, donated $7,500 to Democrat Chris Koster last night. Koster has made very clear his interest in the Governor's office.
What's more, the donation comes just a few days after Koster pledged to give $400,000 to Democrats running for legislative seats in the next four years.
Tilley is now a lobbyist, starting the Strategic Capitol Consulting firm, which represents numerous businesses. The former GOP leader still maintains his campaign committee though, and has an astounding $960,000 still in his control.
One of the biggest donors to Tilley's committee, Friends of Tilley, is libertarian billionaire Rex Sinquefield, who has given at least $275,000.
Tilley's donation to Koster drew the ire of Republican Senate President Pro Temp Tom Dempsey on Twitter.
Very disappointed to see money raised by a Republican Speaker going to a Democrat AG who recently pledged to fund Dem Legislative races.
— Tom Dempsey (@senatordempsey) June 13, 2013
Koster is a former Republican, and has received donations before from other conservatives.
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