Campaign spending reports show spending on the stem cell initiative will dwarf campaign spending for any other ballot issue in Missouri history and already is half-again as much money as is being spent on Missouri’s U.S. Senate campaign. The reports show the Talent-McCaskill race has raised almost $20-Million. But more than $30-Million has been raised for the stem-cell initiative issue – 95 percent of it to support the proposal. Backers have raised almost $28.75-Million dollars. Opponents have raised about a million-and-a-half dollars. The Coalition for Lifesaving Cures, supporting the initiative, says more than 500 people have contributed – but admits 97 percent of the organizations funding comes from two people – Jim and Virginia Stowers, founders of the Stowers Institute for medical research in Kansas City.
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