Cort VanOstran tops $500,000 in contributions


April 16, 2018

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VanOstran outraises Democratic field for third consecutive quarter

Webster Groves, MO. – Congressional candidate Cort VanOstran once again set a record for Democrats running in Missouri’s Second Congressional District, ending the first quarter of 2018 with over $500,000 in total contributions for his campaign to unseat Republican incumbent Ann Wagner. VanOstran’s $500,000 milestone represents the most money raised by any Democratic challenger since Wagner was first elected in 2012, and the third consecutive quarter that VanOstran has outraised all other Democratic challengers in the district combined.

“We are doing things Democrats in this district have never done before,” VanOstran said. “We have seen support from all across the district from people who are ready to take the fight to Congresswoman Wagner this November.” 

VanOstran, who has committed not to take contributions from corporate PACs, has received more than 2,100 individual contributions since beginning his campaign, almost 1,500 of which have been for $100 or less. Earlier in the quarter, VanOstran received the endorsement of End Citizens United, a national organization that advocates for campaign finance reform. 

VanOstran is a lawyer in St. Louis and a lecturer at Washington University. He lost his mother to cancer in 2016, and was motivated to run for Congress after watching Rep. Ann Wagner vote to cut healthcare coverage from millions of families just like his. 

VanOstran has been endorsed by numerous Democratic leaders including St. Louis County Assessor Jake Zimmerman; Missouri State Representatives Stacey Newman, Tracy McCreery, and Cora Faith Walker; former Mayor of St Louis Vince Schoemehl; former Missouri State Senators Joan Bray and Rita Heard Days; former St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley; former Missouri State Representatives Bill Otto and Jeanne Kirkton; former Chief of Staff to Vice-President Al Gore, Charles Burson; and former Democratic Congressional candidate (MO-2) Kelli Dunaway.