Republican candidate and suburban St. Louis businessman John Brunner on Thursday reported that he poured $3.6 million into his campaign for Missouri governor in 2016.
“Today we want to make it very clear and reinforce to Missourians that John Brunner is the only candidate for Governor who cannot be bought or owned by special interests,” campaign spokesman Michael Hafner said in a statement.
Requests for comment from the three other Republican candidates were either not immediately returned or declined.
The donations are not unusual for Brunner, who is the former CEO and chairman of his family’s hand-sanitizer and personal care product company, Vi-Jon Inc.
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He spent more than $7.5 million of his own money on an unsuccessful race for U.S. Senate in 2012. He lost to former U.S. Rep. Todd Akin in the three-way Republican primary. Akin was defeated by Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.
Brunner now faces a Republican primary against former Navy SEAL officer Eric Greitens, former U.S. attorney and state House speaker Catherine Hanaway and Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder.
Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon is barred from seeking re-election because of term limits. Attorney General Chris Koster is the only Democrat to say he plans to run for the seat.