Rex Sinquefield

Campaign Finance
5:47 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Huge Sinquefield Donation Draws Blast From Camp Of GOP Rival Schweich

Rex Sinquefield
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Former Missouri House Speaker Catherine Hanaway got $750,000 this week from wealthy financier Rex Sinquefield for her 2016 campaign for governor. That’s more than 10 times what she raised during the past three months.

That huge donation was condemned late Wednesday by her potential rival, state Auditor Tom Schweich, a fellow Republican. His campaign accused Hanaway of being “dependent on one man and his self-proclaimed ‘political army.’ “

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2014 General Election
1:20 am
Sat September 20, 2014

Gigantic Blimp To Serve As 'Enormous Billboard' For Conservatives' Economic Message

Blimp leased by Grow Missouri, shortly after it arrived Friday in Jefferson City.
Credit Anne Marie Moy/Grow Missouri

At the next Cardinals’ game, the audience – and much of the St. Louis area – may spot something huge floating in the sky – and it’s not a drone, a hot air balloon or a flying saucer.

It’s a blimp – allegedly, among the largest in the world – leased by a conservative political group to be flown around the state for the next two months.

In effect, the blimp will be “a giant billboard’’ that flies in the sky, says Aaron Willard, treasurer for Grow Missouri, which has leased the aircraft for the next two months.

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Missouri Politics
4:58 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

McCaskill Says She's Focused On Sinquefield, Not Possible Bid For Governor

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill
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U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill dismissed on Monday rumors that she may be interested in a 2016 run for governor – 12 years after she lost her first bid for that job.

When asked if she was considering another run for governor, McCaskill replied, “I actually am not. I am very busy in my job” as U.S. senator.

“I am very happy in the job I have, and I am very lucky to have it,’’ she said in an interview with St. Louis Public Radio.

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2014 General Election
1:43 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Sinquefield Donates $2.5 Million For Outside Group's Fall Campaign Efforts

Rex Sinquefield
Credit Courtesy of Rex Sinquefield's web site

(Updated 2:20 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15)

Wealthy financier Rex Sinquefield, Missouri’s top political donor, is giving $2.5 million to Grow Missouri – a prominent conservative political action committee – to help bankroll its campaign efforts this fall.

Those efforts will include helping the next speaker of the Missouri House, state Rep. John Diehl of Town and Country, as well as other Republicans running for several key legislative contests in the St. Louis area.

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On The Trail
12:22 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Checking The Score: How Well Did Sinquefield-Backed Candidates Fare?

Retired financier Rex Sinquefield made a big play during this year's primary cycle, with mixed results.
Credit Courtesy of Rex Sinquefield's web site

When it comes to donating to Missouri candidates and causes, retired financier Rex Sinquefield may subscribe to the idea of “going big or going home.” 

This past election campaign is no exception. Sinquefield has  given out around $4.4 million so far this year to support ballot initiatives, candidates and friendly political groups. That money has flowed directly -- or through outside groups -- to a host of candidates who competed in last week’s primary elections.

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Primary Election 2014
12:11 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Sinquefield Donates Another $50,000 to Dooley

Rex Sinquefield
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Wealthy financier Rex Sinquefield has made another donation of $50,000 to embattled St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, who’s in a tight primary race with County Councilman Steve Stenger.

Sinquefield’s donation was posted Thursday on the Missouri Ethics Commission’s website and comes less than a week after his earlier $50,000 donation to Dooley.

Sinquefield is, by far, Dooley’s most generous donor.

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Primary Election 2014
11:59 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

Big Money Flows To Stream, Dooley, Democratic Party From Unexpected Sources

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(Updated 11:30 a.m., Mon., July 28)

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., has underscored her influence within the Missouri Democratic Party by writing a check for $240,000 – making her the new top donor for the party.

And wealthy financier Rex Sinquefield has donated another hefty sum to one of his favorite officeholders, St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley.

But Sinquefield gave even more Monday to a Republican rival for Dooley's job, state Rep. Rick Stream.

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August 5 Primary
2:19 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Transportation Tax Proposal And Schmitt Benefit From Deluge Of Donations

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The first week of July has been a boon for the main group campaigning for the proposed transportation sales tax on the Aug. 5 ballot and for just-announced Republican state treasurer candidate Eric Schmitt.

In the last 24 hours alone, Missourians for Safe Transportation & New Jobs Inc. has collected at least $410,000 – much of it from road construction firms and related unions.

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Missouri Elections
9:26 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Major Parties Bringing In Top Guns For 24th District Senate Fight

Missouri Capitol
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Any doubts about the political stakes for St. Louis County’s open 24th District state Senate seat should be squelched in the next few weeks, as many of the state’s biggest political players – politicians and donors -- are jumping in on behalf of their parties’ favored contenders in this fall's election.

The bipartisan crowd also signals that the district, which takes in much of mid-county from Creve Coeur to Chesterfield, is deemed now to be politically swing turf up for grabs.

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Campaign Finance
9:47 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Appeals Court Resurrects Initiative Petition Drive For Campaign Donation Limits

Group seeks to put new campaign-donation limits in place in Missouri

The Western District Court of Appeals of Missouri has resurrected an initiative-petition effort to restore campaign donation limits in Missouri. But the proposal’s backers may not have enough time to collect the signatures needed to get their proposal before voters.

The lawyer for the appeals-court loser — wealthy donor Rex Sinquefield — noted that its side has 15 days to decide whether to appeal this week’s ruling to the Missouri Supreme Court.

“We have some time,’’ said Sinquefield lawyer Marc Ellinger.

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