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Follow the money

I wrote this story about campaign finance for Saturday’s paper and it was buried in the B section with the obits, so most people probably missed it:

CEDAR RAPIDS — Candidates who spent, raised or borrowed more than $750 were required to file campaign finance reports with the Iowa Campaign Ethics and Disclosure Board by May 19.

The reports cover Jan. 1 to May 14.

Here are some facts from the reports, which are available at webapp.iecdb.iowa.gov/PublicView/county

– The spouses of Supervisors Lu Barron and Jim Houser both contributed to auditor candidate Lyle Hanson’s campaign. Bill Barron wrote a $200 check and Arleen Zahn-Houser wrote one for $50.
– Dave Machacek wrote himself a $2,500 check to kick off his fundraising, and through May 14, was the biggest spender among supervisor candidates.
– In spending, sheriff candidate Brian Gardner shelled out $13,466. Linn County Jail administrator Michael Carr contributed $500 to Gardner’s campaign.
– So far, the unions are supporting sheriff candidate Bill Elam. The IBEW, Laborers Political League Local 43, Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 125, Sheet Metal Workers and United Transportation Unions contributed to his campaign.
– Supervisor candidate Cary Hahn, who did not file a report, said he has not accepted any campaign contributions.

The primaries are Tuesday, but the next filing deadline is July 19, so many donations and spending will not become public until after the election.

Here are the numbers from the reports:

Auditor
– Democrat Joel Miller had $233 on hand, raised $2,349 and spent $68.
– Democrat Lyle Hanson had $0 on hand, raised $7,245, borrowed $424 and spent $3,917.

Sheriff
– Democrat Brian Gardner had $10,621 on hand, raised $10,045 and spent $13,466.
– Democrat Bill Elam had $2,845 on hand, raised $7,753 and spent $5,534.
– Republican David Zahn had $6,429 on hand, raised $1,860 and spent $1,356.

Supervisor District 1
– Democrat Lu Barron had $770 on hand, raised $10,210 and spent $2,402.
– Democrat Cary Hahn has not filed a report.

Supervisor District 2
– Democrat Linda Langston had $1,787 on hand, raised $9,905 and spent $467.
– Democrat Bernita Rozinek had $0 on hand, raised $6,580, borrowed $1,000 and spent $2,485.
– Democrat Kevin Lynch has not filed a report.
– Republican John Erceg had $0 on hand, raised $3,125 and spent $1,895.
– Republican Dale Stanek has not filed a report.

Supervisor District 3
– Democrat Ben Rogers had $0 on hand, raised $5,875 and spent $718.
– Republican Randy Oakley had $0 on hand, raised $300, borrowed $500 and spent $631.
– Republicans Eric Rosenthal and Jesse Arenas have not filed reports.

Supervisor District 4
– Republican Mary Lundby transferred $31,000 from her campaign for state Senate, raised another $16,900 and spent $4,403.
– Democrats Rick Heeren and Don Gray have not filed reports.

Supervisor District 5
– Republican Dave Machacek had $433 on hand, raised $10,860 and spent $5,058.
– Republican Tom Watson had $0 on hand, borrowed $1,274, raised $0 and spent $974.
– Democrat Jim Houser had $2 on hand, raised $6,290 and spent $1,116.
– Democrat Larry Wear had $0 on hand, borrowed $2,500, raised $210 and spent $762.

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3 Responses

  1. Seth says:

    It is also interesting the number of Republican donors that contributed to the campaign of Lyle Hanson. If only they’d donate to the rest of our “Democratic” candidates the way they do for him!

    To me it’s just gives credence to the rumors that Lyle is a political opportunist who became a Dem because he saw the writing on the walls for what is in store for Republicans this fall.

  2. gs says:

    I reviewed the list at the following web link.

    https://webapp.iecdb.iowa.gov/PublicView/county/Linn/County_Candidate/Hanson_Lyle/2008-05-19__DR2_Summary.pdf

    Seth may be correct that Republicans are donating to Mr. Hanson’s campaign but the list I looked at did not specifically delineate if the donor was a Democrat or a Republican. I’m more familiar with the Democratic party thus I recognize several donors that historically have belonged to the Democratic party.

  3. Indie says:

    Curt Hames is a major republican donor.

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