Sinquefield's millions still put him behind Stowers
This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 18, 2010 - Notice is legitimately being paid to wealthy financier Rex Sinquefield and his huge donations -- $6.79 million so far -- on behalf of a ballot effort to restrict, and perhaps repeal, local earnings taxes in St. Louis and Kansas City, and bar them elsewhere.
His latest donation is $2.534 million this week to the campaign group, Let Voters Decide, that he helped create.
But although Sinquefield is the state's largest individual campaign donor since 2008, his largess still trails that of James and Virginia Stowers of Kansas City, who donated close to $30 million to the 2006 pro-stem cell campaign.
The Stowers' largest single donation -- and arguably the largest one-time campaign contribution in state history -- was $4.22 million on Sept. 30, 2006, to the Missouri Coalition for Lifesaving Cures, the chief group behind Amendment 2, which protects in the state all forms of stem cell research allowed under federal law.
During that year, the Stowerses made at least four other contributions -- ranging from $2.62 million to $3.208 million -- that exceed any of Sinquefield's individual donations so far.