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Dooley-Corrigan set combined record: $3.8 million

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 17, 2010 - St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley reports raising $2.4 million, compared to almost $1.4 million for Republican rival Bill Corrigan, in the duo's last major campaign-finance reports -- filed Friday -- for the Nov. 2 election.

Their combined total sets a record for the county executive contest.

Dooley's cash on hand, as of Sept. 30: $842,997, compared to Corrigan's $474,488. Both tallies signal that the two should have enough for TV ads aimed at getting their battle out of the shadows.

Dooley has collected far more $5,000-plus donations than Corrigan, most notably the $5,001 donations that Dooley received for 10 straight days in late September from wealthy financier Rex Sinquefield. All told, Sinquefield has donated more than $130,000 to Dooley.

Corrigan's biggest donor is retired pharmaceutical businessman Dennis Jones, who has given him $75,000 -- $25,000 of it came on Sept. 28.

Jo Mannies has been covering Missouri politics and government for almost four decades, much of that time as a reporter and columnist at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was the first woman to cover St. Louis City Hall, was the newspaper’s second woman sportswriter in its history, and spent four years in the Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau. She joined the St. Louis Beacon in 2009. She has won several local, regional and national awards, and has covered every president since Jimmy Carter. She scared fellow first-graders in the late 1950s when she showed them how close Alaska was to Russia and met Richard M. Nixon when she was in high school. She graduated from Valparaiso University in northwest Indiana, and was the daughter of a high school basketball coach. She is married and has two grown children, both lawyers. She’s a history and movie buff, cultivates a massive flower garden, and bakes banana bread regularly for her colleagues.

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