A year out, Schweich has 25 to 1 cash advantage over Swearingen

(Data: Missouri Ethics Commission)

(Data: Missouri Ethics Commission)

– Almost a year out from the November 2014 election, Republican State Auditor Tom Schweich reported more than $500,000 on hand at the end of this year’s third quarter.

Schweich, who is seeking reelection for the first time next November against Democratic State Rep. Jay Swearingen, raised more than $280,000 between July 1 and September 30, according to a report filed last week with the Missouri Ethics Commission.

“It is truly satisfying to know that so many approve of the job I have been doing,” Schweich said in a statement. “I know that being state auditor is a great honor and a tremendous responsibility, and I look forward to continuing to defend taxpayers and expose government waste.”

Schweich announced his campaign was planning a “major fundraising event” in mid-November hosted by Republican mega-donor and former U.S. Ambassador to Belgium Sam Fox. According to Schweich’s campaign, the event has drawn support from former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, former U.S. Sen. Jack Danforth, and former U.S. Sen. Jim Talent, all Missouri Republicans.

Swearingen, meanwhile, reported just over $18,000 on hand, raising nearly $10,000 over the past three months. Swearingen announced his candidacy in mid-September, just a couple of weeks ahead of the September 30 fundraising deadline.