Updated Missouri Ethics Commission Reports

The Missouri Ethics Commission receives campaign finance reports from candidates. While candidates sometimes use flowery language or vague promises of being the best, MEC Reports are real, objective, verifiable facts. These can be a powerful indicator of what you can expect from a candidate.

What can we learn?

Umbarger: Campaign paid for 100% by self and wife. Integrity.
Umbarger: Every report filed on time. Diligence.

Barker: Accepts thousands from defense lawyers he faces in court at his current job.*
Barker: Relies overwhelmingly on money from out of county.*
Barker: Pays less than 4% of his own campaign contributions.*
Barker: Files late 3 out of 4 required campaign finance reports.*

*NONE of the other candidates currently running in Dallas County have done this.

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Who Pulls the Strings?

Candidates for office in Missouri are required to periodically report to the Missouri Ethics Commission the sources of campaign funds. Candidates file reports July 16. While voters decide who is elected, it is important who finances a candidate’s campaign. “Dance with the one what brung ya!”

In order of appearance on the ballot, here are the reports filed by the candidates in Dallas County…

Associate Circuit Judge
Andrew Mead
Lisa C. Henderson

Clerk of the Circuit Court
Brett R. Harrison
Susan Faulkner

Prosecuting Attorney
Jason Umbarger
Jonathan Barker

All candidate reports are sourced and publicly available from the Missouri Ethics Commission.


Ever Wonder Who Pays for Campaigns?

The Missouri Ethics Commission maintains a searchable database of candidates with reports of their campaign contributions. Want to know who has been funding a candidate or elected official?



New Laws in Missouri Effective Today

August 28 is the day when many new laws go into effect each year in Missouri. This year is no exception. Many new laws go into effect today.

Some highlights of what your elected representatives have been up to this year:

SB5: Significant change to the law related to municipal courts in the wake of the Ferguson situation. Continue reading

Filed for Alderman, Ward One, Buffalo, Missouri

I filed today as a candidate for Alderman, Ward One, Buffalo, Missouri in the April 7, 2015 election.

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