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Published January 17, 2018

Election year equals campaign money

(Editor’s note: The Reporter does not recognize anyone as an “official” candidate until they actually file for office, which can’t take place until February 27. This article is being published because the individuals have declared themselves a candidate or is currently in office and is raising money for their campaign.)

CAMDEN COUNTY – It’s time once again when an election year will bring solicitations for money to assist a candidate for public office. As of press time there were only two reports filed to the Missouri Ethics Commission (MEC).

County Auditor
Michael Dorf has notified the MEC (through his financial report) that he is running for the office of County Auditor.

The full name of his official committee is also a campaign promise: “Dorf To Protect Your Tax Dollars.”

During the period of November 13 through December 31, 2017, Dorf brought in a total of $6,048.57.

$5,048.57 of the amount was a loan that Dorf made to his campaign during that period.

Donations to his election were:

• $500 from Turnbaugh Surgical Associates Inc of Camdenton, MO, on November 27, 2017.
• $500 from Joe’s Pharmacy Inc, of Camdenton, MO on November 30, 2017.

Expenditures during the reporting period were:

• $4,377.11 to Ace Graphics in Camdenton, MO on November 29, 2017 for Signs
• $403.03 to Ace Graphics in Camdenton, MO on November 14, 2017 for Signs
• $160 to Ethan Schraml on December 30 for “Campaign Worker”
• $81.48 for “Advertising”
• $64.06 for “Supplies”

Also included in the expenditures is $627.09 for Loan Repayment to USAA in San Antonia Texas.

Associate Circuit Judge Circuit 26 Division 4

Matt Hamner listed $9,411.74 total money on hand at the time his report was filed (January 9, 2018).

Of that money $9,409.37 was already in hand from precious campaign donations. An additional $2.37 was added due to interest on the bank account. There were no other contributions or expenditures listed on his report for the reporting period.

Other financial reports for offices were not available at press time. The next report from candidates is due April 15 unless a candidate receives a large donation.

According to the Missouri Ethics Commission, there are no campaign contribution limits for county offices.

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