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Cash race: Lee, Brewster, Carole

Friday, May 1, 2009 by Austin Monitor

Campaign finance reports filed today with the Austin city clerk’s office show Council Member Lee Leffingwell has raised more than $69,000 during the last month in his campaign for Mayor. He retains more than $87,000.

 

Council Member Brewster McCracken raised $74,049 and reports cash on hand of $76,379. He has spent more than $123,000 in the past month as compared to $116,000 spent by the Leffingwell campaign.

 

The campaign committee for Carole Keeton Strayhorn, Carole for Austin, had only $16,000 left

on Wednesday.

 

Note: Campaign manager Mark Sanders insists that Strayhorn has seen a huge influx of cash since the reporting period ended and that “we are continuing to raise cash at a brisk rate.” He declined to provide details.

 

As of Wednesday, however, the committee said it brought in around $69,000 in the past month and spent $95,000. Her report shows that her former campaign manager Kevin Brown, returned $500 to the campaign after her new campaign manager

took over.

 

The committee brought in around $69,000 in the past month and spent $95,000. Her report shows that her former campaign manager Kevin Brown, returned $500 to the campaign after her new campaign manager, Mark Sanders, took over.

 

This brings Leffingwell’s total raised to about $198,000, plus a $100,000 loan from the candidate. He retains more than $87,000, a good beginning for an expected runoff with either fellow McCracken or Strayhorn.

 

Both Place 1 candidates, Perla Cavazos and Chris Riley, reported raising more than $51,000 during the past month. Cavazos raised about $400 more in the past month but Riley has raised more overall and given his campaign more than $10,000 to start off. He has also spent more at this point. According to their reports, Riley still had $22,000 as of the final reporting day, April 29, and Cavazos had about $12,000.

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