Wine Bar Owner Leads in At-Large Race Cash
Logan Circle wine bar owner Khalid Pitts may not be a big fan of voting in the District, but he knows how to stockpile some campaign cash. Pitts has more money than any of his rivals in the sizable field of at-large D.C. Council candidates, according to the June-August campaign finance disclosures released this week.
Courtney R. Snowden (Independent)
Raised: $87,123.00. Spent: $6,000. Cash on hand: $81,123.00.
After ditching her D.C. Democratic State Committee post to drop her Democratic affiliation and run for the D.C. Council seat set aside for minority parties, Snowden is raking in contributions. Department of Youth Rehabiliation Services boss Neil Stanley contributed $100, and Snowden loaned her campaign $11,000.
Eric Jones (Independent)
Raised: $44,753.30. Spent: $18,385.81. Cash on hand: $32,264.51.
Jones works at a building industry trade group, and he hasn't forgotten that while he runs for Council. $38,100 of Jones' $44,753.30 in contributions came from people employed by real estate or contructions firms, or from the companies themselves.
Jones also received money from former D.C. Chamber of Commerce boss Barbara Lang ($150) and Wilson Building megalawyer A. Scott Bolden ($500). Both of those donations won't cover Jones' sizable tuba budget, though. Jones, who was accompanied by a variety of instruments in the July 4 Palisades, paid $950 this period to a brass band.
Khalid Pitts (Independent)
Raised: $32,016.00. Spent: $17,335.90. Cash on hand: $98,052.10.
Logan Circle wine bar owner Pitts' fundraising has cooled off since June, but look at those cash reserves. The wine bar business must be treating Pitts well—he put $15,000 into his campaign.
Elissa Silverman (Independent)
Raised: $29,721.01. Spent: $30,232.77. Cash on hand: $20,221.29.
Silverman's not taking corporate contributions, something to consider when looking at her fourth-place fundraising. To make sure that you do consider it, Silverman has written a blog post explaining how her contributions make her the Billy "Moneyball" Beane of the at-large race.
Robert White (Independent)
Raised: $20,450.00. Spent: $7,021.45. Cash on hand: $46,366.55.
After landing an endorsement from Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie in July, White received some more high-profile help in his campaign reports with a $1,000 contribution from Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC)'s PAC. White's also a hit with some Wilson Building regulars, receiving $1,000 from lawyer David Wilmot's law firm and a combined $2,000 from major city contractor Fort Myer Construction and one of its executives.
Brian Hart (Independent)
Raised: $18,854.42. Spent: $25,524.74. Cash on hand: $10,284.34.
The Ward 1 Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner put another $9,000 in loans into his campaign, bringing the total he's lent his effort to $29,000.
Kishan Putta (Independent)
Raised: $17,741.34. Spent: $9,180.67. Cash on hand: $16,509.11.
Graylan Hagler (Independent)
Raised: $7,336.00. Spent: $22,940.64. Cash on hand: $9,572.36.
Fiery leftwing pastor Graylan Hagler failed in his quest last year to raise wages at District Walmarts, but he gets an all right win here with his fundraising totals, albeit with a worrisomely high cash burn. UNITE Here Local 23, a union for food and parking workers, kicked in $1,000.
Eugene Puryear (Statehood Green)
Raised: $5,736.48. Spent: $2,492.48. Cash on hand: $3,244.00.
Michael D. Brown (Independent)
Raised: $5,491.83. Spent: $1,368.38. Cash on hand: $4,123.00.
Shadow senator Brown, who endures countless indignities as one of the District's unpaid statehood lobbyists, suffers one more in this lackluster campaign report. Brown's fundraising comes entirely from a $5,000 loan he made his campaign, along with in-kinds contributions from his family.
Marc Morgan (Republican)
Raised: $5,450.00. Spent: $726.06. Cash on hand: $15,951.35.
Anita Bonds (Democrat)
Raised: $3,230.00. Spent: $6,503.71. Cash on hand: $28,167.33.
Democratic nominee Bonds is all but guaranteed to win one of the two at-large seats, and her sleepy fundraising this period reflects it.
Bonds is so unconcerned, apparently, that she's paying one of her ostensible rivals to help her campaign. Her report includes a $2,897 payment to Brown, the shadow senator and at-large candidate who also runs a printing business. Also on Bonds' expenses: a $1,590 payment to original LL Ken Cummins, who now works as a private eye.
Photo courtesy Khalid Pitts