Monday, December 08, 2008

Most Ozarks Advisers Contributed To Nixon Campaign

Most of the southwest Missouri advisers tapped by Governor-elect Jay Nixon to help him with his transition into office also contributed money to his election campaign.

Ten of the 17 people from the Ozarks listed as Nixon transition advisers also helped the candidate financially, according to a KY3 Political Notebook review of Missouri Ethics Commission reports.

Advisers who made campaign contributions include businesswoman Rita Baron, attorney Joe Carmichael, Darrell and Wanda Cope of Hartville, Hollister consultant Katie Danner, Branson businessman William Fischbach, Springfield professor Carolyn Hembree, former House Speaker Jim Kreider, West Plains businessman Travis Morrison, Marilyn Nolan of Springfield and Neosho attorney Andy Wood.

Most gave Nixon multiple contributions during 2007 and 2008. Carmichael gave over $2,000, Fischbach gave $2,850 and Nolan topped the donor list at $3,400.

Baron gave Governor Matt Blunt three contributions of $950, just after he took office in January 2005.

It should also be noted that at least two of Nixon's transition advisers are Republicans. They are former State Rep. Chuck Wooten and outgoing #136th District Rep. B.J. Marsh.

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