Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

In-Kind Donations Played Big Role in State Races

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

In-Kind Donations Played Big Role in State Races

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In-kind contributions played a significant role in the campaigns of both the Democratic and Republican candidates for state representative in the 102nd District in northern Jefferson County, campaign finance reports show.

Milton "Butch" Potthast, the Democrat who narrowly lost the election, benefited most from these contributions, his report shows. In the latest reporting period, Potthast received $19,632.78 in in-kind contributions. Most of the help came from the Missouri Democratic Party, but some came from TCI Inc. of St. Louis, a political campaign company, and Citizens for McKenna, the campaign committee of state Sen. William "Bill" McKenna, D-Barnhart.

State Rep. David Broach, R-northern Jefferson County, the winner in the election, received $2,075 in in-kind contributions. The help came from The Computer Store of Arnold, his employer, the New Review of High Ridge and Missouri Right to Life.

The two candidates were running to fill a vacancy left by McKenna after he won a special election in April for state senator. The reports were filed with the Jefferson County Clerk's office. The latest reporting period began about 10 days before the election.

Potthast reported receiving a total of $39,011.10, including the in-kind contributions. He said he had spent a total of $13,143.07. Broach said he raised $12,198.54, including in-kind contributions, and spent $8,521.32.

Potthast said he had received contributions from political action committees representing house builders and labor unions. Campaign committees of various Democratic legislators and candidates also made donations, as did the Tobacco Institute of Washington.

Debbie Potthast, the campaign treasurer, said the in-kind help was mainly mailings and a telephone bank. The report said Potthast's spending in the latest reporting period had been for mailings and food for volunteers. Potthast's campaign also contributed $6,200 to the Missouri Democratic Party.

Timothy G. McGill, Broach's campaign treasurer, said in-kind contributions for his candidate had been office space and office equipment. …

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