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Morrison leads Galindo in Place 4 runoff funds

Monday, June 9, 2008 by Austin Monitor

Despite a report to the contrary, Laura Morrison has more cash on hand than opponent Cid Galindo to fund her campaign for City Council Place 4.


According to a campaign finance report filed Friday with the City Clerk’s office, Galindo had only $4,641 left at the end of the week. Morrison reported about $18,568 in unspent funds as of Wednesday. Saturday’s American-Statesman said Galindo had $66,000 raised but not spent.


Galindo’s campaign consultant, Jeff Crosby, confirmed Sunday that the report filed on Friday—showing his candidate with a little more than $4,600—is accurate. He explained that one of Galindo’s earlier reports “fails to report some expenditures … We have an error between one (report) and the next on some expenditures.” Evidently, that is what led the newspaper to the wrong conclusion. Crosby said the campaign would file a correction of the erroneous report as soon as possible.


Galindo’s report indicates that he had raised nearly $89,000 for the runoff but spent nearly all of that. The campaign still owes the candidate $80,000. Crosby said Galindo has two fundraisers today and he expects a considerable amount to come in as a result.


Morrison reported raising more than $70,000 and spending slightly more than $80,000 in the runoff. The campaign still owes Morrison $40,000 she loaned herself for the race.


Morrison reported that Solomon Kassa, Joe Pinnelli and attorneys David Armbrust and Nikelle Meade are soliciting contributions on her behalf. Galindo’s report does not indicate that anyone is bundling contributions for him.


Galindo and Morrison are vying for the seat being vacated by Mayor Pro Tem Betty Dunkerley, who is retiring in mid-June. The election is Saturday, with early voting continuing through tomorrow.


So far, 6,481 of Austin voters have cast ballots in this race.

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