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Sinquefield donates $250,000 more to Schoeller's GOP campaign for secretary of state

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 2, 2012 - Wealthy financier Rex Sinquefield is making clear that he strongly supports Republican Shane Schoeller for Missouri secretary of state by donating $250,000 on Friday to Schoeller’s campaign.

That contribution is in addition to $150,000 that Sinquefield gave to Schoeller’s campaign on June 22.

Sinquefield also gave $160,000 on Saturday to Missouri’s chapter of the Club for Growth, a national group that strongly believes in lower taxes and less government. He gave the Missouri group $500,005 in May.

Sinquefield has been particularly generous to candidates and issues so far in 2012, donating $4.2 million to causes or campaigns.

Schoeller, a state legislator from southwest Missouri, has garnered by far the most of any candidate this year favored by Sinquefield. The runner-up was state Sen. Brad Lager of Savannah, Mo., who received $385,000 from Sinquefield for his unsuccessful bid for lieutenant governor.

Sinquefield's latest donation should beef up Schoeller's  campaign bank account, which showed him with just $103,149 after his successful Aug. 7 primary.

Schoeller faces Democrat Jason Kander in the fall. Kander, a legislator from Kansas City, last reported $860,012 on hand.

Sinquefield’s favorite causes, though, were two initiative petition efforts. He gave about $1.5 million to help finance the signature-collection effort for "A Safer Missouri" the group behind the November ballot proposal to give St. Louis local control over its police department.

He also spent $1.2 million on the now-scuttled effort by the group Let Voters Decide to ask Missouri voters to eliminate the state income tax and replace it with a higher sales tax.

Jo Mannies has been covering Missouri politics and government for almost four decades, much of that time as a reporter and columnist at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was the first woman to cover St. Louis City Hall, was the newspaper’s second woman sportswriter in its history, and spent four years in the Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau. She joined the St. Louis Beacon in 2009. She has won several local, regional and national awards, and has covered every president since Jimmy Carter. She scared fellow first-graders in the late 1950s when she showed them how close Alaska was to Russia and met Richard M. Nixon when she was in high school. She graduated from Valparaiso University in northwest Indiana, and was the daughter of a high school basketball coach. She is married and has two grown children, both lawyers. She’s a history and movie buff, cultivates a massive flower garden, and bakes banana bread regularly for her colleagues.