Wealthy stem cell advocate, once again, comes up big for Koster
BY JAKE WAGMAN
ST. LOUIS -- Campaign contribution limits didn't stop Chris Koster from getting big money from wealthy contributors.
But, now that the caps are history, collecting large checks is a lot easier.
The Missouri Attorney General, gearing up for the 2012 re-election campaign, received a hefty boost this week from one of his most prominent supporters. James Stowers -- the mutual fund billionaire and stem cell research supporter from Kansas City -- contributed $75,000 to Koster's re-election campaign on Sunday.
Stowers was even more generous to the Cass County Democrat when he was elected attorney general three years ago, although that money took out a circuitous route to Koster's coffers.
In 2008, Koster netted about $300,000 in donations -- including $125,000 that originated from Stowers -- through a web of campaign committees that drew complaints from his primary opponents.
Stowers has been a Koster fan since 2007 when, as a state senator, he switched from Republican to Democrat, citing, among other concerns, differences with some GOP officials on stem cell research.