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LL’s March 10 Campaign Finance Report Roundup

FINAL UPDATE 5:45 P.M.

Adrian M. Fenty, Democrat for mayor
Contributions This Period: $327,306 ($3,904,007 total)
Expenditures This Period: $57,656 ($570,388 total)
Cash on Hand: $3,333,619
The Skinny: For what's typically among the least active reporting periods, Team Green delivered another impressive haul, inching the total haul toward $4 million. The donors, per usual, are heavily from the building industry, but more and more smaller check are starting to arrive. LL's favorite: $1,000 from A. Scott Bolden—recognition that the Fenty administration has been very good to the troubleshooting lawyer.

Sulaimon Brown, Democrat for mayor
Contributions This Period: $0 ($13,765 total)
Expenditures This Period: $541 ($13,737 total)
Cash on Hand: $27.84
The Skinny: Bupkes for Brown, and he's almost broke. Those bank fees add up!

Leo Alexander, Democrat for mayor
Contributions This Period: $3,274 (unknown total)
Expenditures This Period: $3,908 (unknown total)
Cash on Hand: $2,601
The Skinny: Alexander might be Fenty's highest-profile declared competition, but his campaign earnings don't bear that out. Alexander's put more than $1,100 of his own funds into the campaign; his wife kicked in another $600.

Ernest Johnson, Democrat for mayor
Contributions This Period: $0 ($6,005 total)
Expenditures This Period: $0 ($5,590 total)
Cash on Hand: $415
The Skinny: Like Sulaimon Brown, Ernest Brown hasn't raised any money. But unlike Sulaimon, Ernest also hasn't spent any. So he's got that going for him.

Jim Graham, Ward 1 Democrat
Contributions This Period: $28,912 ($200,303 total)
Expenditures This Period: $2,246 ($11,057 total)
Cash on Hand: $189,246
The Skinny: LL would have more to say about Graham's tally if his complete report were available. Alas, the city campaign finance office appears not to have yet posted the bulk of it. Will update when available.

Mary Cheh, Ward 3 Democrat
Contributions This Period: $3,730 ($105,304 total)
Expenditures This Period: $1,600 ($9,494 total)
Cash on Hand: $95,809
The Skinny: Quiet period for Cheh, who nonetheless won big $500 maximum donations from Microsoft—a wise move, given that Cheh chairs the committee overseeing government technology—and from CoStar, whose donation came on Feb. 1, amid the council's consideration of a generous incentive package to lure the company from Maryland.

Delano Hunter, Ward 5 Democrat
Contributions This Period: $7,596 ($19,541 total)
Expenditures This Period: $4,650 ($16,401 total)
Cash on Hand: $2,917
The Skinny: Well, no question where Hunter stands on a key issue of the day: He's taken $500 from the National Organization for Marriage, the conservative Christian group that's organized opposition to gay marriage in the District. The rest of Hunter's collections are bolstered by small donations (many of them from Oregon, where the former Nike exec apparently held a fundraiser), as well as $500 from Changing Faces Barbershop & Saloon on Hawaii Avenue NE. Barbershop and saloon?

Kenyan McDuffie, Ward 5 Democrat
Contributions This Period: $25,435 ($25,435 total)
Expenditures This Period: $1,423 ($1,423 total)
Cash on Hand: $24,012
The Skinny: An more than respectable start for McDuffie, a DOJ attorney and neighborhood activist, who drew heavily on donations from family members and federal employees. He also cashed in on connections to Eleanor Holmes Norton, who he once worked for; both Norton chief of staff Sheila Bunn and district director Aaron Ward gave small amounts.

Harry Thomas Jr., Ward 5 Democrat
Contributions This Period: $41,890 ($92,030 total)
Expenditures This Period: $7,223 ($15,842 total)
Cash on Hand: $76,189
The Skinny: Thanks, Don! Thomas took in $5,000 from megadeveloper and mayoral wannabe R. Donahue Peebles, in the form of maximum $500 donations from the man himself and his various Florida-based commercial concerns. Thomas also took in considerable amounts of cash from real estate interests, the Washington Teachers' Union, taxi owners, and CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield.

Tommy Wells, Ward 6 Democrat
Contributions This Period: $11,200 ($128,650 total)
Expenditures This Period: $4,452 ($22,453 total)
Cash on Hand: $106,198
The Skinny: Small neighborhood donations account for most of Wells' haul this period. Developer EastBanc, which is redeveloping the Hine Junior High site next to Eastern Market, donated heavily; principal Anthony Lanier, family, and colleagues donated a combined $2,000.

David Catania, at-large independent
Contributions This Period: $100,609 ($134,359 total)
Expenditures This Period: $450 ($450 total)
Cash on Hand: $133,909
The Skinny: A very strong haul for Catania, who took in big bucks from real estate (JBG, William C. Smith & Co., B.F. Saul), lawyers (Pillsbury Winthrop, Nixon Peabody, Holland & Knight), and health (D.C. Hospital Association, Unity Health Care). He also got help from former colleagues; ex-CMs Nadine Winter and Kathy Patterson gave small amounts.

Anthony Motley, at-large independent
Contributions This Period: $2,450 ($16,602 total)
Expenditures This Period: $3,777 ($13,847 total)
Cash on Hand: $111
The Skinny: The National Organization for Marriage put $950 toward Motley to knock off gay-marriage-bill-introducer Catania. Unfortunately few others seem to have confidence in the close confidante of Marion Barry. (Also, why they wouldn't chip in the extra $50 toward the $1,000 max is beyond LL.) Other problem: Motley's spending it as fast as it comes in.

Phil Mendelson, at-large Democrat
Contributions This Period: $3,900 ($134,870 total)
Expenditures This Period: $940 ($1,869 total)
Cash on Hand: $133,000
The Skinny: A quiet peiord for Mendelson fundraising, with mostly small donations punctuated by sizable checks from unions and from city guard contractor Securitas. Mendo's been miserly so far—he actually gave more to outside entities (Dupont Park Civic Association, Ward 8 Tennis Council, Gertrude Stein Democratic Club) than he spent on his own campaign.

Clark Ray, at-large Democrat
Contributions This Period: $9,250 ($89,632 total; includes $15,000 loan from Ray)
Expenditures This Period: $4,093 ($42,406 total)
Cash on Hand: $47,226
The Skinny: A good showing for Ray; he outraised Mendelson for the period yet still trails mightily in cash on hand. Ray's Arkansas/Clinton White House connections continue to pay off—former White House chief of staff Mack McLarty chipped in $100, as did lawyer David Pryor Jr., son of former Arkansas Sen. David Pryor and brother of current Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor. And Donna Watts-Brighthaupt, Barry paramour, gave $75.

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  • Charlie

    And Stand4MarriageDC didn't file.

  • Wonder Woman

    Harry Thomas is such a crook. That's why that Safeway closed on 4th and Rhode Island. Many seniors depended on that store. During the blizzard it was the only store most of them could even get to. He had some rally there two weeks before the store was scheduled to close permanently. He made sure that it was too late to really mount a viable protest because he is obviously with the real estate developers. Look at who is donating money to him. Mark my word, condominiums will be where that Safeway was within a year or two.

  • Ward1er

    Where's the Jeff Smith filing?

  • http://moreperfectdc.blogspot.com/ Jordan

    Jeff Smith is still in the exploratory phase... LL how do you get those filings?

  • Charlie

    ocf.dc.gov
    Services

  • http://moreperfectdc.blogspot.com/ Jordan

    No No No, the exploratory filings. I know how to find these

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