Power Players: Missouri's 17 largest political donors from 2008 to 2013

"Show me the money" just might be the unofficial slogan for Missouri political campaigns -- by candidates, political parties and political action committees. Since 2008, individuals in the Show Me State can contribute as much money as they want to state candidates, party committees and third-party political action committees. They can also give as much as they want to ballot initiatives, which was the case even when the state had contribution limits.

The Beacon and the Investigative News Network have analyzed data from the Missouri Ethics Commission, followthemoney.org and OpenSecrets.org to determine the biggest donors from 2008 and 2013. We intend to continue adding data to this project for the foreseeable future.


Stanley Herzog, St. Joseph, MO

Herzog Companies Inc.

Herzog is the leader of the St. Joseph-based Herzog Cos. Inc., which includes subsidiaries that specializes in building highways and railroads. The company itself has been active in donating to Republican candidates and political action committees, including tens of thousands of dollars in donations in 2008 to the Republican 6th District Congressional Committee.

More recently, Herzog gave $250,000 to a political action committee to promote former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman's U.S. Senate bid. And he also gave $250,000 to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in his fight to stay in office after he was threatened with a recall.

A representative from Herzog Contracting Inc. did not return a message from the Beacon.

Notable donations:

  • $1,000,000 to Restore Our Future, a Super PAC aimed at helping GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
  • $200,000 to Sen. Brad Lager’s campaigns.
  • $60,000 to state Auditor Tom Schweich’s campaign.
  • $28,500 to the Republican National Committee.

Total contributions: $2,091,975

83 donations: 68 to candidates and 15 to committees

List of contributions

Source: Contribution data from the Missouri Ethics Commission, followthemoney.org and OpenSecrets.org. If you see a duplicated donation or know of a donation we've missed, e-mail Jason Rosenbaum at jrosenbaum@stlbeacon.org.