E-mails, campaign finance: Down to the wire in the 7th District

The candidates seeking to replace Roy Blunt in Missouri’s 7th Congressional District are sprinting up to the finish line.

On Friday, a new flap arose over a fake e-mail from scott.eckersley@yahoo.com. In the message sent to local media organizations, the author — posing as someone from Democrat Scott Eckersley’s campaign — said Eckersley was withdrawing from the race.

In a video interview with the News-Leader, Eckersley attacked the e-mail as the work of political strategists. His Republican opponent, Billy Long, responded with this e-mail, according to the News-Leader:

Hot Diggity Dawg. I look forward to Tuesday. … Long has taken to using the phrase ‘hot diggity dawg’ every time Eckersley tells a lie because it happens so often.

In a post about the e-mail, the anti-Long blog, Long Is Wrong, worked to track the location of the e-mail and drew some connections with recent campaign-related tweets. It’s the best dissection of the e-mail’s origin I’ve seen among the local media.

Other coverage on the issue: KY3, KSMU, OzarksFirst (KOLR/KSFX).

Campaign finance

Thousands of dollars have been flowing into 7th District race, according to the most recent filings with the Federal Election Commission. Libertarian Kevin Craig has not listed any receipts or expenditures for the race.

Long has raised over $1 million, including $142,000 of his own money, while Eckersley has raised about $200,000, half of which comes from the candidate himself.

Here’s a breakdown of donations from political action committees:

Eckersley ($14,050)

  • Communication Workers of America Cope PCC (Washington, D.C.): $5,000
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers PAC (Washington, D.C.): $5,000
  • Drive PAC (Washington, D.C.): $2,500
  • Machinist Non-Partisan Political League (Upper Marlboro, Md.): $1,000
  • Democratic Central Committee of Stone County (Kimberling City, Mo.): $300
  • Barry County Democrat Central Committee (Cassville, Mo.): $250

Long ($115,050)

Long has 56 donations from political action committees; the complete list is available at the Federal Election Commission through the above link.

The $5,000 donors are listed here:

  • American Bankers Association Multi-Candidate Committee (Washington, D.C.)
  • Deere & Co. Political Action Committee (Moline, Ill.)
  • Ernst & Young Political Action Committee (Washington, D.C.)
  • Every Republican Is Crucial Political Action Committee (Richmond, Va.)
  • The Freedom Project (Washington, D.C.)
  • Honeywell International Political Action Committee (Washington, D.C.)
  • National Association of Realtors Political Action Committee (Chicago, Ill.)
  • National Beer Wholesalers Association Political Action Committee (Alexandria, Va.)
  • Rely on Your Beliefs Fund (Arlington, Va.)

The individual donations above $1,500 for the candidates (excluding their own contributions and loans) break down this way:

Eckersley ($87,845, 162 donations)

  • Bruce Berger (writer, Aspen, Colo.): $2,400
  • Kathy Price (homemaker, Springfield, Mo.): $2,400
  • Jim Waneka (WMC Mechanical Inc., president, Springfield, Mo.): $2,150

Long ($916,700, 997 donations [excludes a $100,000 donation from Long himself])

  • Leggett & Platt Inc. Political Action Committee (listed under individual donations): $5,000
  • Jennifer Mahaffey (housewife, Rogersville, Mo.): $2,500
  • Robert Mahaffey (self-employed, Rogersville, Mo.): $2,500
  • National Auctioneers PAC (listed under individual donations): $2,500
  • 182 individual donations of $2,400
  • 811 donations less than $2,400

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