Newly filed campaign finance reports show that 7th District Republican Congressional candidate Billy Long is spreading some of his wealth to other GOP candidates locked in contested primaries.
Long's third quarter report filed with the Federal Election Commission Wednesday shows he donated $2400 to Sen. Bill Stouffer's 4th District GOP primary effort.
Long said he decided to donate to Stouffer because he spent time with him within a few days of Congressman Ike Skelton's vote on cap and trade energy legislation. "I thought he was a good conservative," Long told The Notebook. "He asked if I could contribute and I said yes."
Stouffer is locked in a 4th District primary with former Rep. Vicky Hartzler and at least three other announced candidates.
"One of the things you don't do is get involved in another primary for Congress," said a political observer with ties to one of Long's rivals. "The Hartzler people will go ballistic, especially with the districts butting up against each other," this politico added.
Billy Long Auctions is also listed as a contributor to State Auditor candidate Tom Schweich. Schweich's report, filed Tuesday, shows Long Auctions donating $1,000 on August 24th.
Schweich is running against House Budget Chair Allen Icet for the GOP nomination for State Auditor.