by Max Brantley
"Missouri’s heavy Republican donors are gathering Wednesday at the [St. Louis] home of Dave and Suzie Spence for a fundraiser for Arkansas gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson.
On the host committee: Oliver J. Bell, Gayle & Fred Palmer, Kimmy & Stephen F. Brauer, Duane Simpson, Cindy & Tim Drury, Jeanne & Rex Sinquefield, Michael D. Harrold, Suzie & David Spence, Jerry M. Hunter, Thelma & David L. Steward, Ray T. Wagner."
Dave Spence is a plastic packaging magnate who was the losing GOP nominee for Missouri governor in 2012. The Drurys are part of the far-right ownership of the Drury hotel chain. Rex Sinquefield is a billionaire retired investor who has spent millions from his fortune to elect far-right candidates and promote elimination of the state income tax and teacher tenure. ... Missouri allows in its state races unlimited donations; for example, Rex Sinquefield last week gave a single $250K check to St. Louis State Senator Eric Schmitt as he launched a 2016 bid for state treasurer. Asa has fallen in with some right-wing Missouri moneybags.