Final fundraising totals for Mayor and Council candidates

Fundraising dried up in the last month of the campaign. Not surprising, given Austin’s strict $350 contribution limit. Most of the fat cats have long since maxed out to candidates. Here’s what happened in October:

Mayor’s race: 

Adler raised $41k, bringing his year total to $755k. He spent $200k, leaving him with only $43k for the final week. We’ll see if he dips into his own pockets at the last minute.

Morrison raised $17.5k, bringing total to $134k (plus $25k she loaned to campaign). In the past month she spent roughly $38k, leaving her with $18.3k.

District 1:

Vincent Harding had another good month, raising $29.5k, bringing year total to $80k. He spent 39k in last month, assuming his numbers are correct.

Natasha Harper-Madison raised $11.7k, bringing year total to roughly $31k. She only spent $3.4k last month and has over $11k left on hand in last week, assuming her numbers are correct.

Mariana Salazar raised $3.8k, bringing year total to $16.8k. She spent $5.2k in last month and has $4.4k left.

Reedy Spigner raised $9.1k, for a year total of about $18k. He only spent $1.9k in the last month and has $7.4k left.

Lewis Conway hasn’t filed a report yet. Neither did write-in candidate Miseal Ramos. Mitrah Avini raised $550.

District 3

Pio Renteria had a big month, pulling in $32.8k, putting him at over $100k for the year. He spent $47k last month and has $29k left.

Susana Almanza raised a lackluster $5.2k, bringing her to a total of $14k for the year. She spent $8.8k and has $1.5 left.

James Valadez’s fundraising dropped yet again, an indication that Almanza’s late entry to the race has drawn support away from him. He raised only $2.2k in the last month, down $6.2k the previous month and $26k in the first reporting period. His year total = around $35k. In the past month he spent $41.9k and has a grand total of $196 left on hand.

Jessica Cohen raised nothing.

District 8

Frank Ward raised $21.4k, bringing him to $54k for the year. He spent $25.7k and has $14.6k left.

Rich DePalma raised $8.9k, putting him at nearly $59k for the year. He spent $25.3 this month and has $17.2k left.

Bobby Levinski raised $5.4k, for a total of $39k. He spent $31k and has $6.5 left.

Paige Ellis raised $2.5k, for a year total of around $11k (plus $3500 in loans). She spent $7.5k and has $8.6k left.

District 9

It looks like Kathie Tovo is not dipping into her personal fortune to fund her campaign. She reported raising $34.5k in the last month, way better than the $12k she raised last month. Her year total = about 78k. She spent $40k and has $10.5k left.

Danielle Skidmore raised $22.3k, for a year total of over $105k. She spent $23k in the last month and has $44.5k going into the last week.

For some reason Linda O’Neal submitted the exact same report that she did the month before, except that she adjusted the total amount spent. Both her September and October reports say she raised $4,015 and they list the same contributors, all of whom gave in July or August. Sooo…that’s not right. Anyway, she says on the most recent report that she has spent $9.9k and has $5.8k left.

 

3 thoughts on “Final fundraising totals for Mayor and Council candidates

  1. why do the candidates have so much money left over going into the final week? Do they intend to spend it all in the last week? What happens to campaign contributions that are unspent?

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  2. Hi Lucy, one thing to keep in mind is that some of these candidates expect to have a run-off election, so they want to save money for the next month of campaigning. Until recently, candidates had to give up almost all of their unspent campaign money after the election. But a court ruling last year has barred the city from enforcing that rule in response to a lawsuit by former Council Member Don Zimmerman. The case is still on appeal.

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  3. Mitrah Avini joined the race in mid August and raised over $4,000. Jack Craver has consistently downplayed the support for neighborhood preservation.

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