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Chris Koster takes in big donations from unions in campaign for Missouri governor

Over the weekend, Democrat Chris Koster pulled in nearly $1 million in contributions, mostly from labor unions, for his campaign for Missouri governor.
Over the weekend, Democrat Chris Koster pulled in nearly $1 million in contributions, mostly from labor unions, for his campaign for Missouri governor. The Kansas City Star

Chris Koster hauled in nearly $1 million in contributions over the weekend for his campaign for Missouri governor, much of it from labor unions.

Koster, a Democrat currently the state attorney general, received $400,000 from the Eastern Missouri Laborers' Educational and Benevolent Fund; $200,000 from the labor-funded political action committee Working for Working Americans; $150,000 from Communications Workers of America; $200,000 from the Heavy Constructors Association; $25,000 from the Teamster-funded Missouri Drive Fund; $25,000 from GCI Remarketing LLC; and $10,000 from real estate and private equity adviser Robert Millstone.

Organized labor has long been a major supporter of Koster’s campaign. Last week, Koster got a warm welcome from hundreds of union members at a rally outside the Missouri Capitol. Koster opposes Republican efforts to impose a right-to-work law in Missouri, as well as legislation aimed at making it more difficult for public employee unions to collect dues.

On his last quarterly campaign finance report, filed in January, Koster reported nearly $5.8 million cash on hand. That put well ahead of his four potential Republican rivals who are facing off in a primary.

One of those Republican, former Navy SEAL Eric Greitens, racked up more than $360,000 in contributions in the last week. That included $100,000 from James Parsons of Junto Capital Management, a hedge fund based in New York City.

Greitens’ cash on hand in January was $3.4 million.

Jason Hancock: 573-634-3565, @j_hancock

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