Big Cash Disparity In Missouri GOP Senate Primary

Posted October 23, 2009 at 8:00pm

Missouri state Sen. Chuck Purgason is waging a lightly funded campaign against cash-rich Rep. Roy Blunt for the 2010 Republican nomination for Senate.

Purgason’s third-quarter campaign report, which was available today in the Senate’s public records office, showed that he raised just $11,035 through the end of September, spent most of it and has $1,067 left in the bank. Purgason formally organized his campaign in August.

He did get some money from two colleagues in the state legislature. Rep. Mike Dethrow gave $500 to Purgason’s campaign, of which $300 came from Dethrow’s campaign committee. Rep. Ward Franz gave $300 to Purgason’s campaign. All three men represent parts of southern Missouri.