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83rd District Race: Gina Mitten Has Cash Advantage Over James Trout

The two Democratic candidates are facing off in an election to represent the 83rd district, which includes Maplewood, Brentwood and Richmond Heights.

As of June 30, the committee backing Gina Mitten for 83rd District state representative had more than four times the cash on hand as that backing competitor Jim Trout.

That's according to reports filed this month with the Missouri Ethics Commission. The 83rd District includes , most of and the parts of generally south of Highway 40.

Gina Mitten for State Representative had nearly $18,000 on hand, as compared to the roughly $4,100 held by the group Vote Trout.

Other highlights from the reports:

  • Mitten received nearly $12,200 in monetary contributions from April 1 through June 30. Trout received just over $7,000.
  • Mitten's campaign spent nearly $1,400 during that period. Her expenses more than $900 for printing and $225 for postage. Trout's campaign spent nearly $3,800. His expenses included more than $950 in office expenses, $375 in registration fees with the Missouri Democratic Party and $2,000 in campaign management fees.
  • Major contributors to Mitten's campaign included Central St. Louis County Firefighters ($1,000), among other groups for firefighters; MOLLI's List ($500), a political action committee that supports progressive Democratic women running for office in Missouri; and Crotzer & Ormsby ($500), a law firm. Other Mitten contributors included Linda Henke, the former superintendent of the , and Barbara Fraser, the former St. Louis County Council representative.
  • Major contributors to Trout's campaign included architect Garen Miller ($750), attorney Barry Aycock ($500) and bus manager John Barr ($500). Other trout contributors included the Home Building Industry Political Action Committee.
  • Mitten personally gave her campaign money on three occasions during the period. She loaned $1,000 on two occasions (April 2 and April 13) and $5,000 on one occasion (May 17). Trout personally gave his campaign money on one occasion, loaning $900 (June 21).
James Trout July 25, 2012 at 12:27 PM
the math actually breaks out: $7000 of Mitten money was a loan that gets paid back, and "cash on hand" shows Trout paid his bills within 30 days. Actual money raised nearly eqaul.
pat July 25, 2012 at 02:16 PM
doesn't surprise me a bit that Henke donated to Mitten's campaign fund........after all they have been in cahoots for years with the MRH Board of Education.......
Babs July 27, 2012 at 10:59 PM
The article says Mitten raised $12k and Trout raised $7k before loans. That's not equal. It also says Mitten spent $1400 and Trout spent $3800. Not nearly equal. Not sure if Trout is intentionally trying to mislead, has a broken calculator, or needs a simple lesson in math and budgeting, but I believe someone asking for my vote should think before they speak, or at the very least, check their math. ,
Tim July 29, 2012 at 07:00 AM
I was at a Democratic City ward meeting and Mr. Trout just talked about getting to Republican money. I ask Mr. Trout, where is the money? You said you would not be as effective on the floor or as much as an advocate, but you said you could get to the Republican money. Clearly that is not the case either, so what can you do then? I want an advocate that will speak for me, not someone full of clearly empty promises and no actions.
Tim July 29, 2012 at 07:11 AM
I also like what Babs pointed out. If you cannot read an article and understand, or do simple math after reading that article, than why think you can be State Rep. Please, be smarter Mr. Trout. The money isn't equal no matter how you try to fudge the numbers. That is why my vote goes to Mrs. Mitten. She is a hardworker and a fighter for any just cause. She is a late in life attorney after being a single mother that worked and went to night school. Of that is not a true and perfect representation of the American dream, then I don't know what is. I hope she wins because I feel like she understands me more. Oh and she can do simple math and read a report and comprehend the context of said report. Good luck Gina!

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