Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Goodman Raises $75,647, Trails Long By $160K

Branson Mayor, Former Greene County Sheriff Listed As Contributors

Without any fanfare, Sen. Jack Goodman quietly reported raising $75,647 during the first three months of the year for his 7th District Congressional run, posting a number that's respectable but short of rival Billy Long's fundraising haul.

Goodman and Long are the only officially announced candidates running to replace Congressman Roy Blunt. Goodman's numbers are considered solid for a Senator who is currently spending most of his time in session in Jefferson City.

But tapping his business connections, Long almost outraised Goodman by a 2-to-1 margin. Add in the auctioneer's $100,000 personal contribution, and Long has a significant cash on hand advantage that can't be easily ignored.

The good news for Goodman is that he was thrifty, spending just $785 dollars, mostly on online media.

That leaves Goodman with $74,862 dollars on hand compared to Long's $239,572, amounting to a $164,710 advantage for Long.

Most of Goodman's contributions came from within his Senate district. Jerry Hall of Jack Henry & Associates and his wife Pat, both maxed out $4800 contributions. Branson Mayor Raeanne Presley donated $300 and former Greene County Sheriff Jack Merritt gave Goodman $100. Goodman received five contributions from Springfield, most of them coming from colleagues at the law firm Lathrop & Gage.

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