Opponents in the race for the Missouri House of Representatives’ seat in the 52nd District offered contrasting styles in their fundraising efforts.

Between Oct. 1 and Oct. 23, District 52 State Rep. and Minority House Leader Paul Levota, a Democrat, raked in more than $53,600 in donations plus an additional $15,000 in late contributions after the close of the eight-days-before election reporting period Thursday, while Levota’s opponent, Republican Gary Hisch reported raising zero funds during the same time period.

According to Levota’s eight-days-before election report filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission, Levota has received $163,332 in contributions this general election period for his incumbent run for state representative, including the $53,600 from Oct. 1 to Oct. 23.

Levota, a three-time incumbent, reported he had $14,410 remaining on hand because of general election expenditures totaling $74,334 and $80,070 in contributions made. From Oct. 1-23, Levota reported expenditures of $15,910 and $43,400 in contributions made.

The biggest contributors to Levota’s campaign from Oct. 1 to Oct. 23 included Supporters of Health Research and Treatment of St. Louis ($8,000), Kansas City Power & Light ($5,000), Ameren UE PAC of Jefferson City ($3,750), AT&T Missouri EmPAC of St. Louis ($3,500), Life Sciences PAC of Kansas City ($3,000), Harrah’s Entertainment of Ashland, MO ($3,000) and Altria Corporate Services of Sacramento, CA ($2,000).

Levota’s expenditures from Oct. 1 to Oct. 23 included costs incurred for printing of promotional material ($4,345), television advertisements ($3,201), mass mailings ($2,078) and wages to his campaign manager ($2,500).

Contributions given by Levota for the period included donations to the Missouri House Democratic Campaign Committee ($23,500) and the Missouri Alliance for Better Government ($1,000).

Hisch reported limited donations, expenditures or contributions for Oct. 1 to Oct. 23. Overall, Hisch incurred $114 in expenditures for the general election and made no contributions. Hisch reported $291 already on hand Oct. 1 and finished the period reporting with $3,052 on hand.

Hisch’s biggest donations overall for the general election came from Bufford Farrington of Independence ($500), Stanley Andrew of Stanberry, Mo., ($325) and Robert Hertzog of Lee’s Summit ($250). A fundraising event Sept. 9 at V’s Italian Restaurant, 10819 U.S. 40, netted $1,450 in contributions. Farrington hosted that event.

The following is a breakdown of each candidates’ contributions and expenditures listed on the eight days before election report.

Paul Levota


$500 – Missouri Public Utility Alliance, Columbia; Clint Zweifel for Treasurer, St. Louis; American Family PAC, St. Joseph; Ameristar Casino, St. Charles; Heavy Constructors Association of Greater Kansas City; KCS Rail PAC, Kansas City; ARDA ROC-PAC/MO, Orlando, FL; Anita Robb, Attorney, Kansas City; Gary Robb, Attorney, Kansas City; Teamsters Local 41 Political Action Fund, Kansas City; MO Cable PAC, Jefferson City; United Healthcare, Maryland Heights; Builders Association PAC, Kansas City; Pipefitters 533, Kansas City; NRA, Fairfax, VA; Iron Workers Local 10, Kansas City; Mike Mauer, self-employed security salesman, Blue Springs; United Eastern Democrats, Independence; MPCA PAC, Jefferson City

$700 – Merck and Co Inc., Bucyrus, KS

$750 – PhRMA, Indianapolis, IN

$800 – Dake for the 132nd, Miller Mo.

$1,000 – HCA Missouri Good Government Fund, Jefferson City; GGNSC Administrative Services, Fort Smith AR; Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers PAC, Jefferson City; Realtors PAC, Columbia; Centene Management, St. Louis; Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Florissant; Downtown Council PAC, Kansas City; Bank of America PAC, Atlanta; Missouri Dental PAC, Jefferson City; Stephen Gorny, Attorney, Leawood; Union Pacific Railroad, Kansas City; Fred Dreiling, Lobbyist, Kansas City;

$1,050 – Committee to Elect Shalonn Kiki Curls

$1,175 – MHA PAC for Health, Jefferson City


$1,000 – political consultation

$800 – travel reimbursement

$650 – video production

$448 – food cost

$400 – campaign work

$250 – fundraising work

Gary Hisch


$500 – Bufford Farrington, Independence

$325 – Stanley Andrew, Stanberry, Mo.

$250 – Robert Hertzog, Lee’s Summit

$200 – Gary Wasserman, Kansas City; Robert Mangold, Independence

$150 – Robert Mackle, Kansas City; V’s Italian Restaurant; Cheryl Bronson


$114 – postage costs