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Concerns grow over rising campaign funds

With the Missouri Senate race seeing the highest numbers of campaign funds ever, some are questioning the validity of some of that funding.

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(ST. JOSEPH) With the primary elections now just two weeks away, candidates are doing everything they can to get their message out. In a local senate race, there was more money than ever fueling the campaigns.
Both candidates in the Republican race for state senate had access to large campaign funds.
State campaign filings showed that as of last week, the Tony Luetkemeyer campaign had raised more than $451,000
They also showed the Harry Roberts campaign raised around $272,000.
Experts believe before the campaign is done, the two will have raised more than a million dollars.
with amounts like these, some have concerns about where all that money is coming from.
A lot of the money is coming from Political Action Committees (PACs), but individual donors to those PACs are never divulged.
With donors' identities hidden, and more money than ever coming into the races, some worry it will set a new standard for who can run for state senate.

"If more and more money is being spent on campaigns, that could mean that the next time around there will be an expectation that this is the kind of money, this is the type of amount that you will have to spend on a state race," said Dr. Melinda Kovacs, a politcal science professor at Missouri Western State Unviversity.

Kovacs also says its not just a dollar amount issue, but an ethical one as well. She added she believes the current political system ensures only those with the most money will win. Luetkemeyer and Roberts are running for the Republican nomination for the Missouri Senate. The primary election takes place on August 7th. The winner will advance to the November general election and run against Martin Rucker,  the Democrat candidate in the race.

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