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Reed's campaign cash stash largest of St. Louis mayoral candidates; Krewson raised $500K in a month

St. Louis St. Louis Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed won a landslide victory in the Democratic primary. His lack of real competition may have affected voter turnout throughout the city.
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St. Louis Board of Aldermen President and Democratic mayoral candidate Lewis Reed

St. Louis Alderman Lyda Krewson has raised more than $500,000 in just the last month, far more than her Democratic rivals to be the city’s next mayor. But Board of Alderman President Lewis Reed is heading into the final week of campaigning with the most money in the bank.

That’s the two biggest takeaways from the final campaign-finance reports, which were due Monday, for the March 7 primary. 

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St. Louis Treasurer Tishaura Jones' report had yet to show up on the Missouri Ethics Commission's website by Tuesday morning, but her campaign provided a copy to St. Louis Public Radio.  The report shows she's raised $105,052 in the last month and $381.140 overall. She has spent $192,175 in the last month, and $248,957 overall. She is heading into the final week with $131,283 in the bank.

Krewson’s report shows she raised more than $1.2 million overall, almost half of which was in the last five weeks. She's spent most of it: $984,342 in the last month; close to $800,000 of that was on TV ads. 

Mayoral hopeful Lyda Krewson, the 28th Ward alderman, selects the number that will set her position on the March 2017 ballot at the St. Louis Board of Election Commissioners on November 28, 2016.
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Lyda Krewson, the 28th Ward alderman, selects the number that will set her position on the primary ballot at the St. Louis Board of Election Commissioners in November.

Reed, meanwhile, raised about $175,000 in the last month, upping his overall tally to about $490,000. He reports having close to $310,000 left in the bank for the final week.

His reported spending — $119,501 in the last month and $254,456 overall — shows virtually none was spent on the TV ads that have been airing. It’s unclear whether he plans to buy more ad time or has yet to pay for the existing ads.

The two other major Democratic contenders – Aldermen Antonio French and Jeffrey Boyd – don't have much in the bank.

French reported raising $40,957 in the last month, and $87,140 overall. He has spent $123,494, and about $45,000 just in the last month. The breakdown is about $5,000 for TV and about $400 for Twitter and Facebook activity. His report shows he has about $22,000 left in the bank.

Boyd reported raising about $42,000 during the last month and spending about $38,000 — mostly on fliers, marketing and canvassing. Overall, he has raised $80,545, and spent $102,000. He still has $23,905 left in the bank.

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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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