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Trailwatch, week of July 16-26: Money, money, money

It’s all about the money this week.
It’s all about the money this week. File.

As John Lennon once said, the best things in life are free. But you can keep them for the birds and bees; I want money.

The races are headed to the wire and the cash is pouring in. Yout TV is already crammed with ads; more are coming.

To the trail!

Missouri GOP governor primary

Eric Greitens gets a nearly $2 million donation from a super PAC that doesn’t have to disclose it’s donors until October. There will some squawking, but the big-time contribution suggests someone, somewhere, believes Greitens has a realistic chance of winning the primary.

Most Republicans at the GOP convention in Cleveland say privately the race is too close to call, but that Greitens has a slight lead.

Peter Kinder got $1 million from the Humphreys family, longtime contributors from southwest Missouri. John Brunner dropped $1 million of his own money into the race.

Here’s a good round-up.

And the ads are flying.

Chris Koster hammered the Republicans for taking so much cash. “It’s madness. And it’s all about pulling Missouri in a direction none of us want to see.” Naturally, the statement came in a fundraising letter.

Missouri U.S. Senate race

Jason Kander won’t attend the Democratic Convention. The full statement from Anne Feldman, campaign spokeswoman:

“Due to the number of events we have in Missouri next week, Jason won’t be able to make it to the convention. He was looking forward to supporting Missouri’s delegates in Philadelphia but will make sure to catch up with them when they come home. This was purely a scheduling decision, nothing more, as Jason attended an event with Secretary Clinton in St. Louis just last week and looks forward to her fighting for Missouri’s 10 electoral votes this fall.”

Roy Blunt skipped the GOP’s convention. He spent the week making various campaign appearances in the state. Kander made several public appearances, too.

Missouri Democratic AG primary

Teresa Hensley won the endorsement of KC Mayor Sly James in her Democratic primary bid against Jake Zimmerman. She also went on the air with an ad attacking his tenure as St. Louis County Assessor.

Missouri state Senate

Jay Nixon endorsed John Rizzo.