Former Statewide Dem Candidates With MEC Accounts

All of these Missouri Ethics Commission accounts say they are candidates running statewide in 8/6/2024 Primary Election.

Former House Speaker Steve Gaw, Candidate for Secretary of State and US House

Fourteen year after his last campaign, Steve Gaw still has a candidate committee. His last report, other than Limited Activity, was October 2012 Amended: $43,627.80 on hand, $0 debt.

Gaw was Speaker of the Missouri House from Moberly 1996-2001, the first Speaker after Bob Griffin. Griffin resigned in 1996 and was convicted of Federal corruption charges in 1998.

Gaw ran for Secretary of State in 2000, losing to Matt Blunt, 45.1% to 51.4%,, the only Republican to win statewide that year.

In 2008, Gaw ran for 9th District U.S. House but came in second in a four candidate Democratic Primary. Judy Baker, then lost in the General Election to Blaine Luetkemeyer, 47.5% to 50%.

Former State Auditor Susan Montee

10 years after her last campaign, Susan Montee still has a candidate committee. Her October 2022 Report shows $0 raised, $0 spent, $1,938.93 on hand, $500,000 debt.

Montee began her political career serving as both as an elected St. Joseph City Councilwoman (unpaid) and elected Buchanan County Auditor.

In 2006, she ran and won a term as State Auditor, beating Republican Sandra Thomas, 52.8% to 43.4%. This was the election that State Auditor Claire McCaskill beat Republican U.S. Senator Jim Talent, 50% to 47%. McCaskill resigned as State Auditor and then Republican Governor Matt Blunt appointed Montee to the fill the less than a week remaining in McCaskill’s term.

In 2010, Montee lost re-election to Republican Tom Schweich, 45.5% to 50.8%, and soon after became Chair of the Missouri Democratic Party.

The following year, Montee resigned as Party Chair to run for Missouri Lieutenant Governor. In the Democratic Primary, she faced seven candidates and won with 44.9%. The other candidates were former Columbia State Rep. Judy Baker with 15.8%, perennial St. Louis candidate Bill Haas with 12%, Springfield State Rep. Sara Lampe with 8.9%, St. Joseph government surplus business owner Dennis Weisenburger with 5.5%, former Kansas City State Rep. Jackie Townes McGee with 5.3%, former Presiding Commissioner of Saline County Becky Lee Plattner with 3.8%, former St. Louis State Rep. Fred Kratky with 3.8%.

In the General Election for Lieutenant Governor, she lost to incumbent Republican Peter Kinder, 45.5% to 49.3%.

Former AG Chris Koster, Republican turned Democrat

Six years after his last campaign, Chris Koster still has a candidate committee. His last report, January 2023, showed $0 raised, $1,914 (all a donation to Central Institute for the Deaf), $35,192.61 on hand, $0 debt.

He was elected Cass County Prosecutor in 1994, 1996, 2000, as a Republican. He successfully prosecuted the first internet serial killer. In 2004, he was elected as Republican to the Missouri Senate to represent Cass, Johnson, Bates, Vernon Counties and chaired the Senate Republican Caucus.

In 2007, Koster left the Republican Party and became a Democrat. In 2008, he won the Democratic Primary for Attorney despite his former wife, Rebecca Bowman Nassikas, donating $200,000 to a PAC running TV ads against him.
He then beat GOP State Senator Mike Gibbons in the General Election, 52.83% to 47.17%.

In 2013, in his second term as Attorney General, Koster began running for Missouri Governor and in 2016 lost to Eric Greitens, 45.40% to 51.29%.

Koster’s October Report shows $15,000 donated to Missouri Botanical Gardens and Mizzou Law School Foundation. He appears to be slowly spending down the account with donations to nonprofits. He is currently Secretary and General Counsel for Centene.

Former Secretary of State Candidate Yinka Faleti

Two years after running for Secretary of State, Yinka Faleti still has a candidate committee. He filed Limited Activity for January 2023. His October 2022 Report shows $462 raised, spent $876, $21,254.66 on hand, $0 debt. He sold his campaign’s email list to Korede Inc, Ronke Faleti’s, his wife, business, for $412 according to the report.

Faleti ran unopposed in the 2020 Democratic Primary. He lost to Republican Jay Ashcroft, 36.4% to 60.5%.