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Looking for campaigns’ eight-day reports

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 by Jo Clifton

With election day rapidly approaching, candidates have been beating the bushes for donations for their final contribution and expenditure reports. In the past, those reports were due in the Office of the City Clerk at 5 p.m., eight days before the election. But because the reports are all now submitted electronically, they were not due until midnight last night. At 4:30 p.m. on Monday, the Austin Monitor found just one eight-day report, submitted by the Stonewall Democrats of Austin. The group reported contributing $250 each to City Council members Alison Alter and Jimmy Flannigan. Both contributions were made on Nov. 14. In a different type of filing, the Austin Police Association PAC, which opposes Flannigan and Alter, reported spending more than $105,000 with Guardian Public Strategies. The expenditure, which was made on Nov. 17 and reported Nov. 30, was for digital and social media advertising and mailers “promoting endorsed candidates for Austin City Council runoff” election. The group endorsed Jennifer Virden, Alter’s opponent, and Mackenzie Kelly, Flannigan’s opponent.

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