Friday, May 13, 2011
Repost: Dems Take Huge Lead in Campaign Fundraising
(Thursday's Blog Post apparently got eaten by Blogspot. Here it is reposted.)
As we begin the General Election season, it appears that the Republicans start with a BIG disadvantage in fundraising in the crucial At-Large City-County Council race.
Using Marion County Election Board’s website, I was able to add up fundraising figures for both the four Republicans and the four Democrats running for At-Large City-County Council, and I found that the difference is quite stark.
Let’s look individually at each Republican and what they raised and have on hand through the first quarter of 2011.
Angel Rivera-$6,780.74 raised; $5,555.85 on hand
Michael Kalscheur-$2,665 raised; $2,312.63 on hand
Barbara Malone-$1,472.47 raised; $0 or $1472.47 on hand (I believe there is an error on her report. Her campaign reported no expenditures or money raised. On the form, I think she carried down the zeroes too far, I think.)
Jackie Cissell (who filed her committee on 3/8/11, after slating)-$841.88 raised; $741.27 on hand.
The Republicans (assuming the error on Malone’s sheet) have a total of $11,760.09 raised with $10, 082.22 on hand.
Let’s now look individually at the Democrats during the same period.
Zach Adamson-$18,223.03 raised; $12,087.31 on hand
John Barth-$17,408 raised; $8,487 on hand
Leroy Robinson-$13,264 raised; $6,019 on hand
Joanne Sanders-$11,676.86 raised; $9,686.36 on hand
The Democrats have raised $60,571.89 and have $36,289.67 on hand.
I wonder what the next quarter will show? I know that the Democrats are doing well, but they continue to be aggressive. They know that to win these races that it’s going to take some campaign cash to get it done. They are in a position to be more aggressive, and you can see that they already have been.
The Republicans seem to be either taking things at a slow pace, or their donor base seems to be sleeping through this one and focusing on the title card between Melina Kennedy and Greg Ballard. In that race, the Mayor has the lead in fundraising, but it’s not by as much as you might think. Kennedy has over a million dollars in her campaign coffers right now to challenge the Mayor. I think we’ll probably see a record before this is over for this election cycle on money raised and spent.
Regardless, kind of makes you wonder as the Democrats continue to raise money how the four Republicans can compete.