Missouri candidates report on first-quarter campaign fundraising

Sen. Claire McCaskill posted her best fundraising quarter yet, while potential Republican challenger John Brunner kicked in another $1 million of his own money to finance his campaign.

McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat, raised $2.3 million between January and March and has more than $6 million in the bank, according to the latest campaign expense reports filed Monday with the Federal Election Commission.

Brunner, a St. Louis businessman, donated $1.2 million to his campaign from his own fortune, his report showed — raising his personal contributions so far to $2.2 million. He gave more than $1 million of his own money last year.

Apart from his own money, Brunner raised $168,000 from contributors during this period. Overall, his campaign took in nearly $1.4 million during the first three months of the year.

Rep. Todd Akin, who also is seeking the GOP Senate nomination, raised $416,580, according to his report. That’s $1 million less than Brunner.

Akin, a suburban St. Louis lawmaker, has collected nearly $2 million so far and reported $1.4 million cash on hand. Brunner, a former chief executive of Vi-Jon Inc., a St. Louis personal care products company, has raised more than $2.6 million since entering the contest and has $2.25 million in the bank, according to his report.

The report for the third Republican hopeful in the race, former state treasurer Sarah Steelman, was not immediately available.

Meanwhile, Gov. Jay Nixon raised $1.7 million in his bid for re-election. The Missouri Democrat has more than $6 million in the bank.

Republican challenger Dave Spence reported raising $840,000 in the quarter, leaving him with $1.7 million cash on hand.