Democratic special election nominee Michela Skelton announced today her first quarterly fundraising totals since entering the race for Missouri’s vacant 50th District House seat in mid-January. Her campaign raised just under $35,000 in 11 weeks, with 92 percent of the total coming from individual donors.

Skelton raised $34,974 from 544 donations with an average contribution of $64. Skelton significantly outperformed her Republican opponent, who had a sizable head start after forming a political committee in March 2016. Her opponent raised just over $15,000 in the first quarter after starting the year with nearly $9,000 in campaign receipts.

Other key fundraising facts:

  • A whopping 60 percent of Skelton’s donations came from the four counties included in the 50th District, compared to about 25 percent for her opponent.
  • Nearly two-thirds of her opponent’s cumulative fundraising total has come from PACs, wealthy donors, elected officials, political campaigns and political committees.
  • Her opponent’s average contribution is $211.

“Instead of relying on out-of-district special interests and political machine money, we’re honored to have so many individuals and families supporting our fight for the working people of mid-Missouri,” Skelton said. “Our grassroots campaign is resonating with hardworking people across the 50th District because they’re tired of politics as usual in Jefferson City.”

Skelton, Chair of the Missouri Democratic Party’s Women’s Caucus and a former attorney for the Missouri Senate, announced her candidacy for the open seat on Jan. 11. She was chosen as the official Democratic nominee days later.

The 50th District special election is scheduled for Aug. 8.

“Michela’s tremendous first quarter highlights the power real people can have in taking back their state government,” said Missouri Democratic Party Chair Stephen Webber. “Mid-Missourians are responding with such incredible energy and excitement because Michela actually wants to serve her district, not act as a middleman for corporations, lobbyists and special interests.”