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Stenger Outspends, Outraises Stream In Recent Weeks

Rick Stream, left, and Steve Stenger
Parth Shah | St. Louis Public Radio intern

Just since Oct. 1, the two major candidates for St. Louis County executive have spent more than $1.1 million between them – most of it on TV ads.

On Monday, Republican Rick Stream and Democrat Steve Stenger filed their final campaign-finance reports – known as “eight-day reports” – before the Nov. 4 election.

In their filings, Stenger reported spending $712,032 just in October. That compared to $409,824 for Stream.

The bulk of their spending has been for TV ads, which have been running continually for almost two months.

But Stenger also has spent a significant sum on workers who are canvassing neighborhoods on his behalf. The report lists several dozen such people, most of them paid from $400 to $740 apiece.

Stenger also has significantly outraised Stream, but largely because so much was raised and spent during Stenger’s Democratic battle with County Executive Charlie Dooley.

From the beginning, Stenger has raised almost $3 million overall, compared to less than $500,000 for Stream.

Besides spending money, Stream and Stenger also have been busy this month raising it. Stream has raised $311,691 since Oct. 1, compared to $392,255 for Stenger. 

Both of them reported little left for the final week: Stenger has $72,308, while Stream reported $52,151.

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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