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Humphreys gives $50,000 to state GOP auditor nominee Schweich

Republican state auditor nominee Tom Schweich has reported his first hefty donation since winning his party's nod a month ago. David Humphreys, co-owner of Tamko Building Products in Joplin, wrote a check to Schweich this week for $50,000.

Humphreys had given Schweich $10,000 during his primary battle against state Rep. Allen Icet of Wildwood.

Humphreys and his mother Ethelmae Humphreys are among the state's -- and nation's -- largest donors to conservative candidates and causes. They've distributed at least $245,000 just since January 2009, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks campaign donations.

The Humphreys have already given the federal maximum to the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate, Roy Blunt. But since there are no state donation limits, Schweich's Democratic target -- state Auditor Susan Montee -- says she is expecting her GOP rival to benefit from some major largesse from donors like the Humphreys.

Which helps explain what Montee is getting fundraising help from Gov. Jay Nixon, the titular head of the Missouri Democratic Party. He appeared with Montee on Tuesday at the state AFL-CIO convention downtown. 

Schweich said today that the Humphreys donation reflects the fact that "there are a lot of Republicans who feel that winning the state auditor's office is a high priority."

This article originally appeared in the St. Louis Beacon.

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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