Council candidates file ‘8-day-out’ finance reports
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 by Austin Monitor
(This story is compiled from campaign financial reports from Austin’s Office of the City Clerk as reported by Jo Clifton, Elizabeth Pagano and Mark Richardson.)
Political newcomer Steve Adler continued to raise more money than his two opponents during the past month, according to campaign financial reports filed with the City Clerk’s office Monday.
Adler reported receiving $92,723 in contributions, compared to Council Member Mike Martinez with $43,772 and Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole with just over $38,000. Adler spent about $175,000. Martinez spent about $184,000, and Cole spent about $153,000.
The report shows Cole with $55,000 remaining and Martinez with a little more than $34,000. Adler had the least in the bank with about $28,000.
Adler has loaned his campaign $306,000, and Martinez has loaned his campaign $100,000. Cole has not done so.
Most political observers believe that two of the three candidates will be in a Dec. 16 runoff. Whoever is in that contest will need to raise still more money. Therefore, whatever these reports reflect, we are still not near the end of the race with two of these candidates.
Randall Stephens reported raising $275 and having $78 in the bank, while David Orshalick reported raising $25 and having about $744 in the bank. However, Orshalick had loaned his campaign $1,500.
The City Clerk’s office did not have reports from Todd Phelps, Ronald Culver or Mary Catherine Krenek for this time period.
Once again, Ora Houston came out on top in terms of fundraising for District 1. She reported $9,615 in contributions, with $17,811 in expenses and $19,916 cash on hand. Prominent donors to Houston’s campaign include the Austin Apartment Association PAC, the HBA HOME PAC, the Southwest Laborers’ District Council SWLDC PAC, Stonegate Neighborhood Association, the Texas Taxi Political Action Committee, Nathaniel Walker — owner of Blue Roots Strategies, Inc. — and Tom Hatch.
DeWayne Lofton reported $2,920 in contributions, with $1,674 in expenses and $8,751 cash on hand. Lofton loaned his campaign $10,000. Notable donors include Downtown Austin Alliance Executive Director Charlie Betts, the RECA Good Government PAC and Alexander Hoover Jr.
Andrew Bucknall reported $220 in contributions, with $728 in expenses and $761 remaining on hand.
Michael Cargill reported $2,963 in contributions, with $3,001 in expenses and $2,331 cash on hand.
George Hindman reported $5,000 in contributions, with $8,750 in expenses and $507.70 cash on hand.
Delia Garza, who is the district’s apparent front-runner, reported $11,490 in political contributions, $11,093 in expenses and $13,698 cash on hand. Garza’s notable donors include the Austin Firefighters Association PAC, Castro for Congress, HBA Home PAC, Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc., PAC, La Voz publishers Alfredo and Diana Santoz, Texas Latina List, Texas Taxi PAC, South by Southwest executive planner Mike Shea, SXSW managing director Roland Swenson and SXSW director of technology Scott Wilcox.
John Sheppard reported $120 in contributions, with $523 in expenses and $1,500 cash on hand. (However, as reported by the Monitor last week, the Austin Board of Realtors PAC has spent about $10,000 on a mailer for Sheppard.)
District 2 candidates Edward Reyes and Mike Owen did not have reports posted Monday night.
The candidate with the biggest war chest in District 3 was Susana Almanza, who reported $1,600 in contributions, $7.562 in expenses and $6,081 cash on hand.
Jose Valera received the most in contributions this period, reporting $3,475 in donations, with $27,087 in expenses and $4,393 cash on hand. Valera donors included the Austin Board of Realtors PAC and the Austin Travis County EMS Employee Association PAC.
Fred McGhee reported $3,115 in contributions, with $2,131 in expenses and $5,466 cash on hand.
Eric J. Rangel reported $2,150 in contributions, $1,089 in expenses and no cash remaining.
Kent Phillips reported $3,000 in contributions, $300 in expenses and no cash remaining.
Shaun Ireland reported $100 in contributions, with $1,524 in expenses and $771 cash on hand.
Mario Cantu reported $1,643 in contributions, with $271 in expenses and $1,675 remaining cash on hand.
Julian Limon Fernandez reported $375 in contributions, $526 in expenses with $468 cash-on-hand.
Sabino “Pio” Renteria’s report was not posted.
Greg Casar has the money lead in District 4, reporting $15,075 in contributions, with $36,788 in expenses and $20,576 remaining on hand. Donors included Yellow Cab president Edward Kargbo, LAN-PAC, Midwest Region Laborers’ Political League, Texas Taxi PAC, the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of Plumbers and Pipefitters PAC and Blue Roots Strategies’ Walker.
Katrina Daniel reported $13,557 in contributions, with $12,625 in expenses and $19,860 cash on hand. Prominent donors included Jim Arnold of Arnold Public Affairs, the Austin Travis County EMS Employee Association, Seton board of trustees member Marie Crane, Center Point Energy director of governmental affairs June Deadrick, Center for Public Policy Priorities associate director Anne Dunkelberg, Public Policy Solutions CEO Jim Hine, State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez and Mike Lavigne.
Laura Pressley reported $5,050 in contributions, with $20,218 in expenses and $14,956 cash on hand.
Marco Mancillas reported $350 in contributions, with $13,117 in expenses and $13,688 in cash on hand.
Sharon Mays reported $150 in contributions, with $4,632 in expenses and $0 cash on hand. Mays loaned her campaign $20,100.
Roberto Perez Jr.’s report was not posted.
Former state Rep. Ann Kitchen has pulled in the most money and endorsements in this South Austin race. According to her campaign finance report, she raised $21,640 and maintained a little more than $13,000 as of this weekend after spending more than $53,000.
Her nearest competitor is Dan Buda, who reported raising $5,550 and spending somewhat more than $6,300. He reported maintaining nearly $15,000 in the bank.
Mike Rodriguez reported spending less than $6,000 and raising less than $2,000. His report states that he had about $8,700 in the bank and an outstanding loan of $10,000 to himself.
Dave Floyd reported raising a little less than $2,000 and having about $800 left in his campaign treasury.
Jason Denny reported raising a little more than $2,000 and had about $433 left in the bank.
David Senecal reported raising and maintaining less than $100.
CarolAnneRose Kennedy has not filed a campaign finance report as far as can be determined.
Jay Wiley topped District 6 with contributions of $10,304, with $37,683 in expenses and $11,860 cash on hand. He also reported loaning his campaign $33,770 . Prominent contributors to Wiley’s campaign include lobbyist Ted Delisi and his wife, Deirdre Delisi, and the Associated Builders and Contractors.
Matt Stilwell reported $3,915 in contributions, expenses of $16,360 and cash on hand of $2,399.
Jimmy Flanagan reported $3,964 in contributions, expenses of $9,545 and cash on hand of $4,460. Flanagan also reports $150 in loans to his campaign. Notable contributors include the Board of Realtors PAC and the Southwest Laborers District Council PAC.
Don Zimmerman reported $1,675 in contributions, expenses of $4,717 and cash on hand of $10,026. Zimmerman also reports $26,000 in loans to his campaign.
Lloyd Phillips reported $2,380 in contributions, expenses of $3,609 and cash on hand of $9,975. Phillips also reports $4,581 in loans to his campaign. Notable contributors include the Lockwood, Andrews and Newnam Inc. PAC.
Mackenzie Kelly reported no contribution or expenses and $1.75 cash on hand.
Leslie Pool brought in the most cash in District 7, reporting $5,575 in contributions, $46,016 in expenses and $24,258 cash on hand. Pool loaned her campaign $40,500. Notable contributors include Valerie Bristol, Texas director for the Trust for Public Land.
Jeb Boyt reported $3,995 in contributions, expenses of $25,279 and cash on hand of $7,364. Boyt has loaned his campaign $28,025.
Melissa Zone reported contributions of $2,605, with $9,130 in expenses and $7,342 cash on hand.
Jimmy Paver reports $3,490 in contributions, $11,515 in expenses and $30,112 cash on hand. Paver has loaned his campaign $40,000. Notable contributors include the Lockwood, Andrews and Newnam Inc. PAC.
Ed English reported $2,862 in contributions, with $1,095 in expenses and $9,097 cash on hand. English has loaned his campaign $10,000.
Zachary Ingram reports no contributions or expenses, and $400 cash on hand.
Pete Salazar reports no contributions, $74 in expenses and $10 cash on hand.
Darryl Whittle reports $100 in contributions, $1,393 in expenses and $7 cash on hand. Whittle reports he loaned his campaign $1,131.
District 8, which includes the Southwest Austin neighborhoods of Oak Hill and Circle C, has five strong candidates. The candidate reporting the biggest war chest Monday was Becky Bray. She reported raising only about $11,000 but maintaining nearly $76,000 in the bank. She has loaned her campaign $30,000 and spent nearly $72,000.
Ellen Troxclair, who loaned her campaign $55,000, maintains a war chest of nearly $70,000 even though she raised only $8,000 this month. She reported spending about $23,000.
Ed Scruggs, who has secured a majority of endorsements, reported raising about $8,700 this month and spending more than $14,000. He has less than $19,000 in his war chest.
Elisa May, who has loaned her campaign $24,000, raised only $1,250. But she reported spending more than $10,000. She has more than $29,000 in the bank.
Darrell Pierce reported that he had raised more than $16,000 during the past month and spent nearly $27,000. His war chest stands at $19,500. He has loaned himself only $2,500.
Political observers feel confident that two of these candidates will be in a Dec. 16 runoff. It will most likely be either Bray or Troxclair, the Republicans, and one of the Democrats — May, Pierce or Scruggs. Either of the Republicans will start the runoff with a significantly larger war chest than whoever makes it into the runoff with her.
Council Members Kathie Tovo and Chris Riley are pretty close together in the money race, but Riley probably needs more because Tovo got two important newspaper endorsements, the Statesman and the Chronicle. Riley won editorial support from The Daily Texan, and he apparently has widespread support among students.
On Monday, Tovo reported that she had raised a little more than $20,000 and spent about $59,000 during the past month. She still has $27,000 in the bank, but the campaign owes her $141,000. That amount includes $61,000 from the 2011 campaign.
Riley reported raising $28,000, spent $63,000 during the past month and has $17,800 in the bank. He has loaned the campaign $25,000.
Erin McGann, the lone non-incumbent in this race, had a hard time raising money against Tovo and Riley. She reported raising just $1,075 and spending more than $12,000 during the past month. McGann loaned her campaign $15,000, according to the report.
The well-connected Mandy Dealey is ahead in the money race in District 10. She reported $28,765 in contributions, with $76,411 in expenses and $24,456 cash on hand. Dealey loaned her campaign $35,100. Notable contributors include the Sierra Club Political Committee of Texas and political consultant Mark McKinnon.
Robert Thomas reported raising $15,255 this period, and has $21,527 remaining on-hand. Thomas has loaned his campaign $100,000. Notable donors to his campaign include the Austin Police Association PAC, the Home Builders Association of Greater Austin PAC and the RECA Good Government PAC.
Sherri Gallo reported $10,976 in contributions, $41,321 in expenses and $12,732 cash on hand. Notable contributors include the RECA Good Government PAC.
Jason Meeker reported contributions of $825, expenses of $2,760 and $4,662 cash on hand. Meeker has loaned his campaign $4,767.
Marcie Burciaga reported contributions of $1,350, expenses of $3,523 and $3,250 cash on hand. Burciaga loaned her campaign $5,000.
Tina Cannon reported contributions of $1,155, expenses of $2,823 and cash on hand of $687.
Matt Lamon reported contributions of $2,350, expenses of $9,077 and cash on hand of $676. Lamon loaned his campaign $5,000.
Bill Worsham did not have a report on file Monday night.
This story has been modified since its original publication to include the campaign finance report for Robert Thomas, which was omitted in error.
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