In the final weeks before an election, candidates no longer raise much money. They spend it.
That's certainly true this month, right before the Aug. 3 election.
The biggest spender in July appears to be Republican Tom Schweich, who's competing against state Rep. Allen Icet for their party's nomination for state auditor.
The final pre-primary campaign finance reports, filed Monday and known as "eight-day reports," show that Schweich, a St. Louis lawyer, spent more than twice as much as Icet during the first three weeks of July: $390,143 to Icet's $188,909.31.
Even so, Schweich still had more left for the final stretch: $230,047 to Icet's $12,915 -- which included a $25,000 debt.
Since then, Icet has added another $8,000 in last-minute donations. (Click here to read the Beacon's final overview of their contest.)
In other contests:
-- In line with what the Beacon reported earlier, Republican lawyer Bill Corrigan's report shows he spent just under $169,000 for media buys in the St. Louis market that are to air from last Friday through Aug. 3. Corrigan has no serious primary challenge in his quest to unseat St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, a Democrat.
-- In the 24th District state Senate contest, Democrats Sam Page and Barbara Fraser each spent a little over $100,000 from July 1-22. He had $132,000 for the home stretch, while she had $90,500. Both are former legislators and she now sits on the St. Louis County Council.
-- In the crowded 14th District Democratic fight for the state Senate, state Rep. Maria Chappelle-Nadal outspent her three rivals this month: $47,247 to Rep. Don Calloway's $18,694; Rep. Ted Hoskins' $33,643; and former University City Joe Adams' $21,434. All but Adams had more than $30,000 apiece for the final push (he reported $15,460).
-- In the GOP's 26th District state Senate fight, state Rep. Brian Nieves spent the most this month: $81,382 compared to former Washington, Mo., mayor Richard Stratman's $58,479 and former Rep. Jack Jackson's $2,466. But Jackson had the most by far -- $98,925 -- for the final push. Nieves was down to $42,238 as of July 22, while Stratman had only $23,495 left in the bank. But right after the filing deadline, Stratman lent his campaign another $40,000.
-- In the St. Louis County Council's only primary contest, a Democratic battle for the 5th District seat being vacated by Fraser, former Richmond Heights councilman Pat Dolan had dramatically outraised and outspent former Webster Groves mayor Terri Williams. Dolan spent $41,163 just in July, compared to $2,474 for Williams. He had around $8,000 for the final push compared to Williams' $145.
-- In Jefferson County's heated Democratic primary for county executive, incumbent Chuck Banks outspent Assessor Randy Holman more than 3 to 1 -- $54,246 to $16,594 -- during July. But Holman had a bit more left for his final pitch: $27,605 to Banks' $27,072. (Click here to read the Beacon's overview.)
This article originally appeared in the St. Louis Beacon.