If it's any solace, it appears that the Post won't be again ignoring a story of this magnitude anytime soon. One of the things that make this special is that the $100,000 gift was only made possible by the blackout period for Missouri's campaign limits, which were frozen while being reviewed by the courts.

In January, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the limits enacted by voters in 1994, reinstating the $1,125 contribution limit for statewide offices.

State Sen. Joe Maxwell (D-Mexico), the leading contender to oppose Kenney for lieutenant governor next November, tells me that he, too, received some funds during the blackout period in excess of what campaign laws did (and now) allow but that he had those funds -- totaling $30,000, or more than 10 percent of his war chest -- returned to the contributors.

As you might expect, Maxwell says his likely opponent is a "poster boy for campaign-finance reform." Me? I think we should give Kenney more credit for caring about our mattresses.

After all, he just wants the rest of us to sleep as well he does with Leggett & Platt.

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