Since winning re-elected six weeks ago, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, has apparently attracted support from one of the state’s top Republican donors – David Humphreys of Joplin.
Nixon’s campaign committee reported Sunday to the Missouri Ethics Commission that Humphreys, head of TAMKO Building Products Inc., contributed $25,000 on Friday to the governor’s campaign committee. The donation appeared to first attract attention on Twitter via a tweet from Missouri lobbyist Travis Brown.
Humphreys' money is presumably to help the governor pay for some of his inaugural activities. Nixon is to be sworn in to a second term on Jan. 14, but political activists have been reporting that the governor is planning to keep his festivities low-key, in part reflecting the nation's still-struggling economic times.
The donation appears to be Humphreys’ first contribution to a major Missouri Democrat in at least six years, according to Ethics Commission records.