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Six Missouri Democrats on Biden list of top fundraisers

By: - November 2, 2020 3:31 pm

President-elect Joe Biden and his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) arrive to deliver remarks in Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

St. Louis politicos with decades of experience and a Kansas City businesswoman who deals in luxury home furnishings are among the top Missouri fundraisers for former Vice President Joe Biden’s general election campaign.

Biden posted the list of hundreds of people who helped raise $100,000 or more for his campaign and “affiliated fundraising joint committees” on his campaign website, with six Missouri names.

Those familiar with politics will recognize Joyce Aboussie, former political director for Dick Gephardt, who held the 3rd Congressional District seat from 1977 to 2005. Gephardt was a candidate for president in 1988 and 2004, Majority Floor Leader of the U.S. House from 1989 to 1995 and minority leader 1995 to 2003.

The CEO of Aboussie & Associates, in 1986 Joyce Aboussie established Telephone Contact Incorporated, a market research and strategic consulting firm.

Another familiar name is Tom Carnahan, the son of of Gov. Mel Carnahan and former U.S. Sen. Jean Carnahan, and one of President Barack Obama’s top bundlers for the 2012 campaign. Carnahan, trained as an attorney, founded Wind Capital Group in 2005 and developed Missouri’s first wind farm in King City in northwest Missouri’s Gentry County.

Less known publicly are two other St. Louis-area Democrats: Jason Cohen, head of public affairs firm Dewey Square Group’s National Grassroots Practice, who was director of the 2004 Missouri Coordinated Campaign for the presidential election and field director for former St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay’s 2005 re-election campaign; and Corey Then, general counsel at financial advising firm Moneta Group, who worked for Obama for more than three years at the White House as an attorney, special assistant to the President and the leader of the Economics team in Presidential Personnel.

The two other names on Biden’s list of bundlers are Robert Clark, executive chairman and founder of Clayco, a design-and-build firm in St. Louis, and Ursula C. Terrasi, owner of Terrasi Living & Scandia Home on the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City.

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Rudi Keller
Rudi Keller

Rudi Keller covers the state budget, energy and the legislature. He’s spent 22 of his 30 years in journalism covering Missouri government and politics, most recently as the news editor of the Columbia Daily Tribune. Keller has won awards for spot news and investigative reporting.