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TheChat (New Year’s edition): Pols wage year-end scramble for campaign cash

Campaign cash
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Oh, what a year this is going to be.

Meanwhile, 2015 ended with politicians from both parties waging an all-out blitz for campaign cash before the fourth-quarter midnight deadline Thursday.

▪ “This isn't the first time I've written to you before a deadline like the one we're facing tonight, and I know you understand just how important moments like these are to our party.” — President Barack Obama seeking money for the Democratic Party.

“We're almost there. But we need you to chip in...TODAY!” — Bev Randles, a GOP candidate for Missouri lieutenant governor.

“Friend: With tonight’s midnight deadline quickly approaching, we’re looking for 18 more donors to step up from your part of Kansas. Can I count on you?” — Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran.

“I need your help now.” — Republican Catherine Hanaway, a candidate for Missouri governor.

“Yes, I’m asking for money.” — Jason Kander, a Democratic U.S. Senate candidate in Missouri.

▪ “Well, I’m glad that it’s an election year, and we’re going to talk about ethics. Let’s talk about it a lot.” — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon pointing to one of the unmet goals of his administration — ethics reform.

Nixon challenged Republicans to get behind one aspect of reform — campaign-donation limits — saying, “If folks want to be against what 75 percent of Missourians support...then let’s do it in public.” Republicans traditionally have favored no limits, which has ushered in an era of $100,000 and even $1 million contributions.

▪ “I always wanted to be in a show about nothing and here I am.” — Obama talking to comedian Jerry Seinfeld during the season-opening episode of “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” Obama was referring to Seinfeld’s former TV program, which was about, well, nothing.

Responded Seinfeld: “There’s nothing more nothing than this. Nothing.”