When candidates submit their quarterly campaign finance reports, wags and the opposition are, rightfully so, concerned mostly with the amount raised.
But it’s fun as well to see what office-seekers spent their money on, which is also included in disclosure forms.
Candidates in Missouri had some interesting expenditures for the last quarter, which ran form April 1 to June 30:
* As the Arch City Chronicle points out, State Rep. Allen Icet, the Wildwood Republican running in the GOP primary for state auditor, gave $6,000 to Samuel Wurzelbach of Holland, Ohio. Wurzelbach, of course, is better known as “Joe the Plumber,” the campaign insta-lebrity who made an appearance for Icet earlier this year.
* Congressional hopeful Tommy Sowers has a new commercial out, but the Rolla Democrat spent hundreds of dollars last quarter to advertise on Facebook.
* U.S. Rep. Lacy Clay, who faces only nominal opposition for re-election, held a fundraiser on a Potomac River cruiser. The St. Louis Democrat also, apparently, treated supporters to a Dodgers game (the team the Cards swept this weekend), paying the Los Angeles baseball club $350 in April for a “fundraising expense.”
* State Senate hopeful Sam Page spent $22,304 on polling; Gov. Jay Nixon, $23,400.
* State Rep. Rachel Storch, who is not seeking another term this fall, spent much of her remaining campaign fund on donations, charitable and political: Storch contributed to the American Diabetes Association, as well as to the campaign of University City lawyer Susan Carlson, who Storch is endorsing to take her seat.
* Mayor Francis Slay used his robust campaign account to pay for a recent trip to China. Slay is among a group of local officials hoping to convince Chinese officials to invest in making St. Louis a “trade hub.” Slay also spent $487 on wedding gifts Randall’s Wine and Spirits. Slay’s prodigious fundraiser, Matthew Lieberman, tied the knot last month.