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LL’s Jan. 31 Campaign Finance Report Roundup

UPDATED AT 9:45 P.M.

Jim Graham, Ward 1 Democrat
Contributions This Period: $171,391 ($171,391 total)
Expenditures This Period: $8,611 ($8,611 total)
Cash on Hand: $162,780
The Skinny: Say what you will about Graham, the man is simply a powerhouse fundraiser—from the lawyers to the restaurants/bars to the developers to the just plain ol' folks, the bespectacled one knows how to rake it in. Especially from the developers—his take from PN Hoffman alone is gobsmacking. Question now is: Will it be enough to scare off potential challengers Jeff Smith and Bryan Weaver?

Mary Cheh, Ward 3 Democrat
Contributions This Period: $38,998 ($101,573 total)
Expenditures This Period: $2,208 ($7,894 total)
Cash on Hand: $93,679
The Skinny: Cheh, without a declared opponent, has amassed a nice war chest thanks to parking interests, construction and development types, and her colleagues at George Washington University, including President Steven Knapp ($250). Other notable contributors: Allen Lew ($250), Terry Golden ($500), Peggy Cooper Cafritz ($500).

Delano Hunter, Ward 5 Democrat
Contributions This Period: $11,974 ($11,974 total)
Expenditures This Period: $11,751 ($11,751 total)
Cash on Hand: $223.13
The Skinny: Hunter, a 26-year-old community organizer from Brookland Manor/Brentwood, did pretty well for an unknown—pulling in more than $10,000 on the friends-and-family plan. He seems to have a particular following in Delaware, where he went to college before moving to Oregon to work for Nike. The bad news is that he's already in debt, thanks to hefty early spending and a $3,900 personal loan.

Harry Thomas Jr., Ward 5 Democrat
Contributions This Period: $50,140 ($50,140 total)
Expenditures This Period: $8,619 ($8,619 total)
Cash on Hand: $41,521
The Skinny: Thomas is the laggard among the four ward councilmembers up for re-election this year, with less than half the bankroll so far of his colleagues. He's got a mix of retirees, unions, and folks with interests in his ward—developers Fort Lincoln New Town and Bruce Baschuk of J Street Development, to name a couple. The Manning family, of lottery contract fame, donated nearly $2,000. And mom, Romaine Thomas, chipped in $350.

Tommy Wells, Ward 6 Democrat
Contributions This Period: $40,395 ($117,450 total)
Expenditures This Period: $15,574 ($18,000 total)
Cash on Hand: $99,449
The Skinny: Wells, also sans challenger, is in good shape, with a larger-than-average number of small neighborhood donations mixed in with the heavy-hitter developers (Forest City Washington, Wm. C. Smith & Co.). Expenditure LL wishes he could have been a part of: a $1,329 bill from Smith & Wollensky.

David Catania, at-large independent
Contributions This Period: $33,750 ($33,750 total)
Expenditures This Period: $0 ($0 total)
Cash on Hand: $33,750
The Skinny: Catania started his campaign with little more than a whisper, quietly filing his papers late last month. But he's was able to raise a nice chunk of funds in a week's time by gathering big checks from a stalwart group of local fundraisers: The Cherie Doggett/Rusty Lindner/David Julyan orbit of parking operators, plus the M.C. Dean/Miller & Long money machine.

Phil Mendelson, at-large Democrat
Contributions This Period: $60,250 ($130,970 total)
Expenditures This Period: $815 ($929 total)
Cash on Hand: $130,040
The Skinny: Mendo's gotten a quicker start than usual this year, well exceeding the $70,000 $56,000 he'd raised at this point for his landslide run against Scott Bolden. Mendelson's list reads like a who's-who of ex-D.C. gov types—ex-councilmembers H.R. Crawford and Jim Nathanson, ex-CTO Suzanne Peck, ex-police chief Ike Fulwood, soon-to-be-ex-lottery operator Lottery Technology Enterprises. Gal pal Carol Mitten, a ex-zoning commission chair, chipped in $1,000 over the weekend.

Clark Ray, at-large Democrat
Contributions This Period: $80,382 ($80,382 total)
Expenditures This Period: $38,314 ($38,314 total)
Cash on Hand: $42,068
The Skinny: As LL already noted, Ray has stayed squarely in the conversation with his $80K showing (which includes a $15,000 personal loan from Ray). That, campaign chair Peter Rosenstein is quick to point out, is more than Mendelson raised this reporting period. Whatever, Mendo's still got three times as much in the bank.

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  • DCBob

    No secret that I'm a Meldelson supporter, but if you are trying to unseat a popular incumbant, you'd better bring a lot of donors and big bucks. Clark Ray still hasn't managed to identify who his constituents are and how he can win. So far, he's said that he'll be "as good" as Phil Mendelson on gay issues, and pushed for gay supporters. Mendelson is the best straight friend GLBT people have on the Council, and Ray hasn't even stepped up on the marriage issue, which Mendelson carried.

  • http://www.phillepanto.com Phil Lepanto

    So, does this mean that Jim Graham didn't file a report?

  • DCBob

    There are a number of candidates not mentioned. In addition to Jim Graham, CM Harry Thomas is missing. There are also a few also-rans not shown.

  • http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com Mike DeBonis

    Updating as the reports appear on the OCF site. Just added Graham's. It's a doozy.

  • DistrictIndependent

    Maybe Clark Ray can sign an MOU with the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development to accomplish the work of running a campaign. He's already got the template ready from the days he quietly shuffled his funds to them while at DPR when the work got too hard for him. What a joke. Rosenstein needs to stop ruining people's political lives.

  • ChinaDC

    @DCBob. The way I read the finance report, Ray does beats Mendo hands down in constituent supporters bringing 3 times more constituent dollars, unlike Mendo who has to get his girlfriend Carol to throw $1,000 in the kitty. MEOW!

  • WardQueen

    Peter Rosenstein is crazy. People who know him, know that. Clark Ray will rue the day he got into bed with Peter Rosenstein.

  • Wassup

    So Level 2 Development got a 7 million tax rebate from Graham for a $500.00 donation, who says politics doesn't pay

  • Wisconsin Ave

    Mendelson used to get contributions from his in-laws. I don't see any yet. Wassup with that?

  • Far-Sighted

    Didn't Menedlson also file in the reporting period before this one? Also, ChinaDC, didn't Clark Ray's boyfriend Aubrey "throw in $1,000 in the kitty" for him as well? What's the problem with folks that are close to the candidate donating? Your argument is irreparably flawed, and your post terribly weak.

  • ChinaDC

    Far-Sighted (good name). Yes, looks like Aubrey gave early but Mendo's concubine gave the last day--seemed desperate to me. But I guess the bottom line is that Mendo's numbers are weak, Ray made more money than Mendo did with more real DC residents.

    Graham slam dunked!

  • Tom

    The only thing cash is good for is keeping you in the news. I do believe that campaigns take lots of cash, but there is only so much you can spend it on before diminishing returns occurs. What should be looked at are expenditures!

  • Cardozomite

    According to WaPo, Jeff Smith received over $28,000 in contributions since announcing in December...not huge, but probably enough to make him stay in?

  • TransparencyDC

    Jim Graham has raised over $94,000 from Corporations? Are you worried about about corporate influence on your life and community? Forget national politics for a second .... think about what this means to Ward One and the city.

  • ward1blues

    Worried that Graham will be influenced by corporate and large donor support? You kidding, I’d be shocked if he wouldn’t be. Do we all have amnesia? The man has spent too much time in power serving the powerful interests of the community. There is definitely a need for someone like B. Weaver who has proven he can help the neediest yet still be for responsible growth.

  • http://restaurantswellsme.com restaurants near wells

    Yeah, for one's in our life let us forget about politics. Lets think of the things we benefited from them. If we do always think of politics we always think about problems.

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