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Stenger Outraises, Outspends Dooley In St. Louis County Executive Race

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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.

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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