Wagner raised $532,000 for her campaign during the third quarter of 2011. Politico reported in October that $108,000 came from Enterprise executives – including Wagner’s husband, Raymond Wagner, who is Enterprise’s government and public affairs vice president and a registered lobbyist.
Missouri tea party activists contend that their research shows the amount of money coming from individuals associated with Enterprise was actually $202,750 in the third quarter, approximately 38 percent of all quarterly donations and nearly twice the reported figure.
The St. Louis Tea Party, with which some of those researcher-activists are associated, is itself divided. Some members support Wagner, and others support her Republican primary opponent Ed Martin…
Jonathan Burns, a member of the St. Louis Tea Party, disagrees. “We don’t believe a single company should be able to purchase a congressional seat,” Burns told TheDC.