The campaign of Josh Hawley, a Republican candidate for Missouri attorney general, is saying that it believes it’s set a fundraising record for a new down-ballot statewide candidate.
Hawley, an attorney and University of Missouri School of Law professor, generated a third-quarter total of $753,081 since he launched his campaign on July 23.
His campaign said that topped the previous highest quarter total for a newly minted candidate. That was former state Sen. Brad Lager’s $733,271 for the fourth quarter of 2011 when he launched his race for lieutenant governor.
But Hawley will have a well-financed rival in his bid for the GOP nomination. State Sen. Kurt Schaefer, a Columbia Republican, reported in July that he had $1.4 million in his campaign account, although that included $544,823 in loans. He has not yet filed his third-quarter report.
On Friday, Missouri GOP super-donor Rex Sinquefield donated $500,000 to Schaefer.
This is the second large contribution Sinquefield has given Schaefer. Last year, Sinquefield donated $250,000 to the campaign.
The two are seeking an open office as incumbent Attorney General Chris Koster is running for governor. Teresa Hensley, the former Cass County prosecutor, and St. Louis County Assessor Jake Zimmerman are running on the Democratic ticket.