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.