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Greitens, Koster maintain stance as Missouri's biggest money-raisers

Author Eric Greitens talks to 'St. Louis on the Air' host Don Marsh on March 16, 2015, at St. Louis Public Radio in St. Louis.
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St. Louis Public Radio

When it comes to campaign donations, September has been a good month for the two Missouri candidates for governor who have raised the most:  Republican Eric Greitens and Democrat Chris Koster.

Greitens, a former Navy Seal and author who has never run for office before, is expected to officially launch his campaign Saturday.

So far this month, he’s collected more than $800,000. That’s in addition to the $1.1 million he reported in the bank in mid-July.

Greitens’ spokesman Danny Laub said the September windfall signals “momentum.” But the bulk of this month’s donations came from two people: $500,000 from the trust of Michael L. Goguen, a California-based venture capitalist; and $200,000 from the McKinley Financial Partnership, a Michigan investment firm founded by Ronald Weiser, a former U.S. ambassador and finance chairman for the Republican National Committee.

Greitens will join a crowd of other Republican candidates: Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, former House Speaker Catherine Hanaway, state Sen. Bob Dixon of Springfield and former state Rep. Randy Asbury. St. Louis area businessman John Brunner is expected to declare his candidacy within months.

Attorney General Chris Koster delivered the strongest attack against Republicans at the Truman Dinner, the Democratic Party's largest fundraiser.
Credit Jo Mannies | St. Louis Public Radio
Chris Koster

Koster, currently Missouri attorney general, is the only Democrat running for governor.  He has just begun campaigning in earnest, peppering Twitter in recent days with official campaign missives.

Koster has the most money of any candidate for governor of either party. As of July 15, he had roughly $4 million in the bank.

September has been a good month for Koster as well. As of this weekend, he had collected close to $350,000 in donations this month.

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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