Mayoral Campaign Finance Report Highlights

You heard that right – it’s campaign finance nerd time.

Let’s take a look at what our mayoral candidates have filed in their quarterly reports with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance.

Jim King’s KREF Report

  • $14,680 raised
  • $510,439.89 spent
  • $790,000 from King

Contribution Highlights:

  • Jon Ackerson $1,000
  • Dennis Horlander $100
  • David James $250
  • George Unseld $1,000
  • Appriss Inc PAC $500
  • Sheet Metal Workers Local 110 $1,000

Disbursement Highlights:

  • $1,271 on telephone service
  • $47,730.25 on field staff
  • $59,095.49 on other staff
  • $39,859.69 on consulting
  • $3,633.79 on printing
  • $310,590.99 on advertising and media
  • $3,558.20 for website expenses
  • $1,200 to NGP Software
  • $4,760 for polling and research
  • $22,869.89 for postage

Tyler Allen’s KREF Report

  • $120,133.87 raised
  • $67,360.13 spent
  • $100,000 contributed by Allen himself

Contribution Highlights:

  • James Moore $200
  • Joe McGowan $1,000
  • Steve Magruder $25
  • Jeff Rodgers $200
  • David Kaplan $200
  • David Morse $500
  • Steve Wiser $200
  • Mimi Zinniel $100

Disbursement Highlights:

  • $24,545.94 for Fundraising & Fundraising Staff
  • $1,880 for Yard Signs
  • $3,271.12 for Research
  • $2,369 for Printing

View reports for the other candidates – except Greg Fischer – after the jump… Fischer avoided transparency and filed his report in a manner that prevents information from being open to public scrutiny…

David Tandy’s KREF Report

  • $92,599 raised this quarter
  • $14,354 in unitemized ($100 or less) contributions
  • $3,000 from Political Action Committees
  • $169,209.62 spent this quarter
  • $26,168.04 cash on hand

Notable Contributions

  • Tom Barrow $300
  • Ronel Brown $100
  • Honi Goldman $110.07
  • State Rep. Derrick Graham $250
  • Kathy Hinko $300
  • Devone Holt $250
  • David Jones $1,000
  • Keidra King $500
  • Kenya McGruder $125
  • Kerry Morgan $250
  • Tony Newberry $500
  • Brooke Pardue $50
  • Marci Perelmuter $400
  • Alicia Sells $1,000
  • Bill Stone $100
  • Bill Summers $100
  • Barrett Tasman $825
  • Shawn Tasman $250
  • Fran Yarmuth $1,000
  • Bob Yarmuth $500
  • Bill Yarmuth $1,000

Notable Disbursements

  • $585.65 on website/design
  • $5,188 on office supplies & printing
  • $64,200 consulting
  • $55,514.60 on other staff
  • $16,268.28 on research & polling
  • $3,409.29 on dining & catering
  • $1,834.55 on travel
  • $11,000 advertising & media
  • $2,400 to NGP Software
  • $263 for accounting
  • $1,848 on postage

Chris Thieneman’s KREF Report

  • $35,598.05 raised
  • $94,537.73 spent
  • $100,000 contributed by Thieneman

Contribution Highlights:

  • Stephen Wiser $100 (also gave to Tyler Allen)
  • Renay Davis $100 (Doug Hawkins’ Aide, trying to take Vicki Welch’s Council seat)
  • Joe Corradino $1,000
  • Frank Simon $500
  • Paul Coomes $100

Disbursement Highlights:

  • $23,175.86 for his website (!!! – wow – he got mega ripped off)
  • $3,458 for Accounting (What the crap? Who pays an accountant for something your staff can do with ease and for free?)
  • $25,329.42 for Printing
  • $15,001.70 to Campaign Manager Michael Wray
  • $7,500 for other staff
  • $8,068 for Advertising
  • $250 for a speech coach

Hal Heiner’s KREF Report

  • $415,779 raised
  • $472,431.63 spent
  • $350,000 from Heiner

Contribution Highlights:

  • Jeff Reetz $1,500 (Guess he didn’t realize he can only contribute $1,000, $500 was returned to him)
  • Steven Trager $500
  • Ed Glasscock $500
  • Rebecca Jackson $625
  • Sandra Frazier $1,000
  • Pat Day $1,000
  • Glenn Stuckel $100
  • Kevin Kramer $200
  • Bill Street $1,000
  • Ed Flint $200
  • Junior Bridgeman $1,000
  • Stephen Haag $40
  • Paul Coomes $100
  • Robin Engel $300
  • Renay Davis $200
  • Jon Ackerson $1,000
  • Jimmy Conner $250
  • Erwin Roberts $250

Notable Disbursements:

  • $21,000 for Polling/Research
  • $16,647 to Campaign Manager Joe Burgan
  • $19,276.25 to other staff
  • $286,024 for Communications/Advertising
  • $66,348.10 for Printing
  • $8,440 to the USPS
  • $8,175 for his website

UPDATE: At the last minute (today – after I waited an entire week), of course, the Fischer report hit the KREF website. The big exception? Disbursements. Because Fischer & crew  eschew transparency in practice and filed their quarterly report in a manner reminiscent of Abramson secrecy.

  • He raised $398,368.48 this quarter
  • $25,8239 in unitemized contributions from 365 individuals
  • He spent $444,924,14 this quarter
  • He’s only got $199,338.50 on-hand at the close of reporting

Notable Contributions>

  • Brent Ackerson $800
  • Lane Adams $350
  • Dan Barbercheck of Red7E $250
  • David Blue $1,000
  • Junior Bridgeman $500
  • Carol Butler of Metro Neighborhoods scandal fame $150
  • Nicole Candler $100
  • Lindy Casebier $250
  • Tim Coury $500
  • Tom Dorman $250
  • Denise Harper Angel $250
  • Brereton Jones $500
  • Heidi Margulis $500
  • Terry McBrayer $500
  • John Timmons $1,000 (guess he’s not really going broke)
  • Bernie & Jean Trager $2,000
  • Steve Trager $1,000
  • Mark Riddle $1,000, after being ousted by the King Camp
  • Peggy Rudd $800
  • Steve Henry confidant Greg Schell $250
  • David Whitehouse $1,000
  • Virginia Woodward $500
  • Coke PAC $500
  • UAW $1,000
  • Firefighters $1,000
  • Plumbers & Pipefitters $1,000
  • $80,000 from Fischer himself

It’s a roster of East End, Willow and Frankfort establishment money.

Notable Disbursements
There are none public, as Fischer avoids transparency. He spent $444,924.14, though.

4 thoughts on “Mayoral Campaign Finance Report Highlights

  1. Is the Joe McGowan listed under Tyler Allen’s contributions Dr. Joseph McGowan, president of Bellarmine University?

  2. Jake,
    Would you not be able to get that information on Fischer at the county clerks office? I thought they had to send a carbon copy there if they don’t e-file?

  3. I could have KREF fax it to me or I could pick it up in Frankfort. But that is a hassssssssle.

    Just eye-opening that someone running a commercial about transparency would deliberately go out of his way to file in the slowest manner possible in a way that prevents disbursements from appearing on the KREF site. After previously filing electronically, of course.

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