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Posted: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 9:00 am | Updated: 12:23 pm, Fri Jul 18, 2014.

The Republican incumbents for Missouri House seats in Franklin County are substantially spending and fundraising more than their Democratic opponents for the upcoming November general election.

Rep. Paul Curtman, R-Pacific, has no opponent for this August’s primary, but he will face off against Ann Schroeder, a Union Democrat who has served the past eight years as the county’s second district commissioner.

Curtman reported $18,321 in receipts for the most recent campaign quarter, which ended June 30, and $8,793 in expenditures.

Meanwhile Schroeder reported only $5,402 in receipts and $2,026 in expenditures.

Over the entire election cycle, Curtman has reported over $53,000 in receipts and almost $40,000 in expenditures. Schroeder has only raised roughly $5,500 and spent $2,226.

Candidates are required to report their quarterly campaign finances to the Missouri Ethics Commission.

A significant portion of the money Curtman has raised comes from outside of his district.

Of the donations reported during the most recent quarter, roughly $10,750 came from people and organizations located in other Missouri House districts. Some of the larger donors included candidates for other political offices, such as a $1,000 from John Brunner, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate.

Another $4,000 in donations was reported from a dinner held in Fenton — also located outside the newly formed 109th District.

Schroeder reported donations from mostly outside her district. Of the $1,250 itemized, $1,000 came from individuals and companies in New Haven, Ballwin and Lawrence, Kan.

She also reported about $3,000 in loans from herself to her campaign.

Rep. Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, is in a similar situation to Curtman. He too has no primary opponent and is substantially better off in his campaign war chest than his Democratic rival, Michael Sage, Hermann.

Schatz reported $1,443 in receipts and $7,115 in expenditures, but also brought with him $38,087 in cash on hand from his previous campaigns.

Sage meanwhile reported only $100 in donations — all from himself — and $38.49 in expenditures.

Included in Schatz’s expenses are a $5,000 contribution to the House Republican Campaign Committee.