Kuff gets the first take out of the gate on the 30-day reports. My impressions of the reports are as follows. And many thanks to Erik Vidor (the best non-blogging blogger out there) for compiling the reports.
The Big Money
Among the strongest raisers in the past cycle: obviously the Mayor leads the pack with $469k raised. Here’s the top 5 non-Annise Parker raisers:
Ellen Cohen $92,773.00
Laurie Robinson $80,845.00
Stephen Costello $68,975.00
David Robinson $56,291.58
Bolivar Fraga $55,298.53
Laurie Robinson comes into the race with a slightly different professional network and has some skilled campaign pros working for her. I’m sticking with JoJo for this election, but Laurie’s certainly an impressive candidate doing a lot of things well. The only other thing to stand out from this list is Bo Fraga. That’s because a big part of his $55k raised is a $35k loan that doesn’t seem to look legal according to state and city law:
Loans are counted the same way as contributions: with a $5k limit. You can loan yourself a gazillion dollars, although there are rules about how much you can reimburse yourself for. I’m guessing there’s a gray area for spouses, though I’m no lawyer. But I don’t see anything allowing a $35k loan like this. No idea what it takes for the issue to get legally aired, but it doesn’t look kosher at first glance.
As far as the big Cash on Hand leaders, Mayor Parker again leads all with $2.3M. The top 5 non-Parker bank accounts are:
Oliver Pennington $185,704.27
Ellen Cohen $92,934.13
Stephen Costello $90,717.60
Jolanda Jones $83,333.39
Wanda Adams $80,370.57
About the only interesting thing I see about this list is that three of them are district officials, compared to two at-large officials. And the next two folks beneath this list are also district folk (Stardig & Sullivan).
The Bob & Doylene Report
For those who care about such things, here’s the full list of 2011 donations by Bob & Doylene Perry …
Perry, Doylene 5000.00 08/05/2011 Sullivan, Mike
Perry, Bob 5000.00 07/13/2011 Romero, Criselda
Perry, Doylene 5000.00 07/13/2011 Romero, Criselda
Perry, Bob 5000.00 06/13/2011 Bradford, Clarence
Perry, Doylene 5000.00 06/13/2011 Bradford, Clarence
Perry, Bob 5000.00 06/03/2011 Noriega, Melissa
Perry, Doylene 5000.00 06/03/2011 Noriega, Melissa
Perry, Bob 5000.00 02/11/2011 Green, Ronald C.
As usual, no obvious ideological statement made from the contributions. What stands out from this, though, is the lone open-seat donation to Criselda Romero in District J. What’s particularly curious about it is that Romero raised all of $12,000 – all but $100 of that on her campaign kickoff event on July 13. That represents over 80% of her contributions come from one source. That’s not quite as bad as Peter Rene getting $4600 of his $5000 raised from his employer, but neither of those examples is a very strong show of support.
At Large #2
I haven’t done a good apples-to-apples comparison here, but it appears from the dollar figures in this race that there’s not a dry patch of money in this election, as much as it’s just being distributed a lot of different ways. There’s obviously a lot of loans worked into these dollar amounts, but it certainly look like we’ll get a bare minimum of mail dropped in this race before E-day. And hopefully, there’s as much ability to raise money to communicate the fact that there’s an election in December for this race, also.
Names are linked to the finance reports …
Candidate Raised Spent Cash on Hand
Bolivar Fraga $55,298.53 $35,762.53 $52,733.13
David Robinson $56,291.58 $57,005.48 $50,258.19
Kristi Thibaut $37,738.50 $17,495.54 $46,852.49
Jennifer Rene Pool $31,350.00 $29,246.37
Eric Dick $14,535.43 $19,900.75 $15,197.72
Andrew Burks $1,150.00 $5,366.98 $15,861.39
Rozzy Shorter $44.00 $15,000.00
Elizabeth Perez $4,510.00 $1,522.93 $2,987.07
Of course, $30k out of Fraga’s $52k on hand may not be legal.
First off, congrats to Mike Laster for getting the Chronicle endorsement. I think they nailed the reasoning for it. As for the money reports, I can’t say there’s anything terribly surprising, but it is a very unusual feeling to see Laster this far ahead of the rest of the field. At this point in the season, the only remaining question is what candidates can do to finish the campaign with mass communication. The electorate in this district is insanely small. Laster can actually drop a significant amount of mail with the funds he’s got left. The others look like they’ll be lucky to get one piece of mail dropped.t
Again, names are linked to the finance reports …
Candidate Raised Spent Cash on Hand
Mike Laster $39,675.00 $10,537.18 $40,017.22
Criselda Romero $12,010.02 $11,416.86 $4,645.66
Rodrigo Canedo $9,679.00 $4,007.76 $4,223.98
ADD-ON: Oh, and since I referenced District F with the Chron’s writeup of Al Hoang recently, that district looks to the be the low-budget affair. Al Hoang raised just short of $11k and has under $14k on hand for his 30-day report. He knows he’s an incumbent, right? Peter Rene, the challenger, raised $5k ($4600 from one source) and has $3328 on hand. That’s about the equivalent of being one fundraiser away from outraising the incumbent and making a strong showing to bigger donors that you’ve got a real campaign.
One day, a candidate is going to actually raise money in this district. I just never thought that anyone out of District J would outraise the entire field in District F. It’s going to surprise folks to see what the electorate in District F really looks like.
ADD-ON 2.0 Coby catches another problem for Bo Fraga … a corporate donation.