Blame all that spending on TV ads. St. Louis County Councilman Steve Stenger has heavily outspent County Executive Charlie Dooley in the last months in their battle for Dooley's job in the Aug. 5 Democratic primary.
The latest campaign finance reports filed Tuesday with the Missouri Ethics Commission show that Stenger spent $656,473 in the past three months. In comparison, Dooley spent only $351,582.
Overall, their spending is a bit closer: Stenger has spent $981,841 overall, compared to $661,971 for Dooley.
Both men have spent their money for TV ads. And most of their ads have been negative spots fired each other.
Stenger also outraised Dooley during the quarter: $360,829 for Stenger, compared to Dooley's $238,855.
But for the final stretch, the two appear to have almost the same amount of money. Dooley reported $479,307 in the bank as of June 30, while Stenger had $477,654 on hand.