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ABoR PAC spends $50K on Thomas
Friday, October 24, 2014 by Jo Clifton
District 10 candidate Robert Thomas is getting a big boost from the Austin Board of Realtors PAC. According to a report of independent expenditures filed with the Austin city clerk’s office this week, ABoR PAC has invested $50,000 on a mailer, online ads and robocalls for Thomas. That is considerably more than the group spent on other candidates it has endorsed. For example, in a document filed with the city clerk’s office on the same day, the PAC said it had spent about $10,000 on a candidate mailer for District 2 candidate John Sheppard. Last week, the ABoR PAC reported similar amounts to further the campaigns of District 4 candidate Greg Casar and mayoral candidate Steve Adler. The Austin Firefighters PAC, known as the Austin Firefighters Public Safety Fund, reported that it spent relatively small amounts to pay people to walk door to door and for door-hanging brochures for District 2 candidate Delia Garza, District 6 candidate Jay Wiley, District 9 candidate Chris Riley and District 3 candidate José Valera, as well as for Thomas. Thomas’ opponent, Mandy Dealey, put out a call for donations Thursday upon learning about the ABoR PAC donation to Thomas. Dealey noted in her fundraising email that Saturday is the fundraising deadline for the final report on campaign finances before the election. That report is due next week.
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