City Paper is not for tourists
It’s less than a month to the primaries, and LL was up all night digesting the campaign-finance reports so you, loyal readers, get the dirt on every political dollar in town. Enjoy!
Jack Evans In: $100,696 ($584,727 total); Out: $121,814 ($372,045 total); Debts/Loans: $0; Cash on Hand: $212,682
The Skinny: As far as receipts go, no huge surprises: Tons and tons of real estate money, with a good measure of law-firm cash to boot. Other notables include council chair Vincent C. Gray ($20.08), Greater Washington Board of Trade CEO John R. Tydings ($500), mayoral development aides David Jannarone ($100) and Valerie Santos Young ($100), and Alcoholic Beverage Control board member Mital Gandhi ($250). Evans’ arts earmarks paid off with donations from the Washington Ballet’s Septime Webre ($200) and Woolly Mammoth Theater’s Howard Shalwitz ($250). The real fun is in the expenditures: Evans’ campaign paid Scott Bishop, infamous for his role in submitting bogus ballot petitions in Anthony A. Williams‘ 2002 re-election campaign, $4,000 for hanging posters. In 2006, Bishop was seen hanging Marie Johns for Mayor signs; at the time he was wanted on criminal charges connected to the election fraud. LL is checking to see if those warrants are outstanding. Evans also paid out well over $25,000 to canvassers. Oh, and staffers continue to have parking issues: The campaign fund picked up two tickets totaling $125.
Cary Silverman In: $6,725 ($35,769 total); Out: $6,531 ($31,443 total); Debts/Loans: $0; Cash on Hand: $4,326
The Skinny: Silverman can claim an Obama-like grassroots surge, in that he picked up plenty of small donations (at least when compared to Evans). Problem is, there just weren’t that many of them. Silverman claimed only two $500 max donations on the reporting period—-one of them from a Kansas-resident law-firm colleague. All of this means Silverman has entered the final month of the campaign with a 50-fold war-chest disadvantage.
Christina Culver In: $9,033 ($9,033 total); Out: $517 ($517 total); Debts/Loans: $0; Cash on Hand: $8,516
The Skinny: Sheez, this is the stingiest bunch of Republicans LL’s ever seen. Only two donors could manage the $500 max—-one of them, Tony Parker, is the District’s GOP national committeemen; the other Benjamin Chew, is a Patton Boggs partner (that would be Evans’ firm, BTW). Also notable: the city’s GOP establishment may have declared war on at-large candidate Patrick Mara for daring to challenge Carol Schwartz, but Mara apparently holds no grudges—-he gave $75 to establishment-supported candidate Culver.
Muriel Bowser In: $67,016 ($381,541 total); Out: $43,601 ($121,313 total); Debts/Loans: $0; Cash on Hand: $260,228
The Skinny: The Big Green Machine pulls in what’s probably the most balanced report of the period, with plenty of $500 max donations from taxi, real-estate, and construction concerns, countered with smaller neighborhood donations. Big money from Big Development is one thing, but from Big Concert? Bethesda impresario Seth Hurwitz has pumped $2,000 to Bowser through his own name, his 9:30 Club, his IMP concert promotion, and an outfit called It’s My Corner LLC that lists the 9:30 Club address. Other notables: real-estate investor Richard Levy ($500), Shadow Sen. Paul Strauss ($100), Department of Parks and Rec director Clark Ray ($250), and First Mom Jan Fenty ($100).
Baruti Jahi In: $575 ($11,690 total); Out: $14 ($1,957 total); Debts/Loans: $0; Cash on Hand: $9,833
The Skinny: Two donations from Shepherd Park account for half Jahi’s haul; most of the rest are from out of the ward. LL isn’t sure what Jahi’s waiting to spend his war chest for—-his only expenditure this reporting period was for bank fees.
Reports for Paul Montague and Malik Mendenhall-Johnson had not been posted by last night.
Yvette Alexander In: $39,217 ($141,480 total); Out: $39,321 ($105,591 total); Debts/Loans: $0; Cash on Hand: $35,888
The Skinny: First off, LL has to scold Alexander for being even worse than most other candidates when it comes to collecting employer information for donors—-virtually none are listed on the Democratic incumbent’s report. That said, there’s plenty of recognizable names, starting with various members of the Lerner family, who pitched in to the tune of $3,500. Alexander’s political patron Gray also pitched in ($100), as did the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington ($500), various labor concerns, lobbyist John Ray, his associate Tina Ang, and his law firm ($1,300), and D.C. United’s Linda Greene ($250). On the spending side, good on you, Yvette, for patronizing Ward 7’s own Denny’s at least five times for campaign purposes, but surely the $1,416 you spent on catering expenses on a Maryland rib joint could have been better spent at Ward 7’s own Fat Face BBQ?
Robin Hammond Marlin In: $10,130 ($10,130 total); Out: $1,839 ($1,839 total); Debts/Loans: $3,000 loan from Marlin; Cash on Hand: $8,291
The Skinny: Hillcrest might be getting mad at Yvette, if you believe recent Washington Post reporting, but such outrage ain’t turning up on Hammond Marlin’s campaign finance report—-especially considering a third of her haul consists of her own money.
Reports for Villareal Johnson and John Campbell had not been posted by last night.
Marion Barry In: $87,850 ($196,395 total); Out: $119,269 ($194,192 total); Debts/Loans: $0; Cash on Hand: $2,203
The Skinny: A Marion Barry council campaign, if nothing else, is an opportunity to give back for all those opportunities given in the past. Consider the many thousands donated by concerns that got very rich during the Barry mayoralties: for example, the accounting firm Thompson, Cobb, Bazilio & Associates, or Chartered Health Plan, both associated with Barry acolyte Jeffrey Thompson and both benefiting from millions in city contracts. Or take R. Donahue Peebles, who’s become a millionaire many times over as a hotel developer thanks to Barry. Now based in Florida, he donated $2,000 though various Florida-based business concerns. Some other fun names: Former Ward 1 Councilmember Frank Smith ($100), PR consultant and former Barry aide Raymone Bain ($500), schools construction czar Allen Y. Lew ($200), lobbyist and council candidate Michael A. Brown ($100), and megalawyer Donald Temple ($250). Who’s benefitting from all this largesse? Paid consultants Hakim Sutton, Sandy Allen, Joe Ruffin, and Andre Johnson, as well as a favored cause of the Barry campaign: the Marion Barry Scholarship Fund, which won a contribution of $5,000. (Notably absent from the list: son Christopher Barry, who had been paid last reporting period and has been listed as treasurer on campaign materials.)
Sandra “S.S.” Seegars In: $7,273 ($19,772 total); Out: $4,351 ($5,799 total); Debts/Loans: $0; Cash on Hand: $13,974
The Skinny: S.S. knows how to throw a party: The bulk of Seegars’ fundraising this cycle—-just over $5,000—-came from mass collections and ticket sales from what’s listed as a “Party/Dance.”
Charles Wilson In: $1,035 ($3,045 total); Out: $625 ($6,509 total); Debts/Loans: $0; Cash on Hand: $410
The Skinny: Judging from the size (small) and provenance (out-of-District) of most of his donations, Wilson’s on the friends-and-family plan when it comes to fundraising. Most of his spending this period was on a single newspaper ad.
Reports for Howard Brown and Ahmad Braxton-Jones had not been posted by last night.
Kwame R. Brown In: $126,150 ($534,933 total); Out: $104,105 ($379,075 total); Debts/Loans: $0; Cash on Hand: $155,857
The Skinny: Perhaps the easier exercise here would be to account for all those folks who didn’t give Kwame money. Even that’s not easy. Brown, with no competition on the September ballot and a lock for re-election in November, won the fundraising prize for the period, just edging out Evans—-though Evans, in a ward race, is limited to $500 per donor, while citywiders like Brown can pull in $1,000 a pop. Some notables: $1,000 each from D.C. United and their Arent Fox lobbying team, the same from Wilson Building big shots David Wilmot and Fred Cooke, $4,000 from Douglas Development (including honcho Doug Jemal), and $200 from former Williams press secretary Vince Morris. That’s in addition from max donations from several PACs—-those of the Building Industry Association, firefighters, Verizon, the D.C. Chamber of Commerce, the realtors, and the SEIU. On the spend side, Banner Consulting continues to rack up the fees, garnering more than $60,000 this period alone.
Carol Schwartz In: $108,879 ($108,879 total); Out: $48,303 ($48,303 total); Debts/Loans: $40,356 loan from Schwartz; Cash on Hand: $60,576
The Skinny: Schwartz’ report, as uploaded to the campaign-finance office last night, has issues. Hard to say if it is the campaign’s fault or the city’s fault, but no donors are itemized, apart from Schwartz’ loan to her campaign—-which is a problem itself: Why should a four-term incumbent need to loan money to her own campaign? Call Carol the anti-Kwame: Where Brown started raising money months and months in advance, Schwartz got started late and has been forced to loan herself money to kick-start her campaign. She did the same thing four years ago, though (a) she loaned herself half as much and (b) she had no credible opponent in the Republican primary. The result? Brown has no credible challenger and Schwartz is in for the toughest campaign of her career. The loan also makes the press-release boast from D.C. Republican Committee chair Robert Kabel—-that raising $110,000 in two months is “astonishing”—-ring more than a little hollow. [UPDATE, 1:20 P.M.: Schwartz’ report has been reposted with all of the donor info. The info was submitted on time, but there was a scanning issue, LL is told. It’s still very hard to read.]
Patrick Mara In: $53,515 ($103,640 total); Out: $58,676 ($58,843 total); Debts/Loans: $0; Cash on Hand: $44,797
The Skinny: Big Hospitality is out to get Carol! But you knew that already. Here’s the money lineup: Restaurant superlawyer Andrew J. Kline ($1,000), “Chef Geoff” Tracy ($100), Marriott Corp. ($1,000), eatery impresario Paul Cohn ($1,000), to name a few. Some other notables include former city technology chief (now Metro tech chief) Suzanne Peck ($1,000) and Board of Trade CEO Tydings ($500). On the expense end, not a lot of transparency from the Mara camp, seeing as most expenditures are listed as reimbursements to campaign workers. But there is this: Mara spent nearly $20,000 on GOP consulting firm Jamestown Associates.
Michael A. Brown In: $43,825 ($80,484 total); Out: $40,204 ($63,341 total); Debts/Loans: $0; Cash on Hand: $3,620
The Skinny: Brown’s doing a little better than last time on getting some local money in the coffers, but not much better. Mom Alma Brown and Doug Jemal both pitched in with $1,000 checks. But once again, the top source of Michael Brown campaign funds is Michael Brown. On top of the $21,300 Brown gave to himself last reporting period, he added a whopping $30,550, meaning well over half his total haul is coming out of his own pocket. The question is, if Schwartz survives the GOP primary, will Mara’s money come looking for Brown? Looking at expenditures, Brown’s promise to employ former Adam Clampitt staffers seems to be true thus far: Two ex-Clampitteers pulled down $800 checks apiece. Also, nearly $2,500 in bank fees? Seriously?
David Schwartzman In: $550 ($1,000 total); Out: $39 ($39 total); Debts/Loans: $0; Cash on Hand: $961
The Skinny: Schwartzman’s low-key approach to campaigning continues, collecting a grand total of three donations as the Statehood-Green candidate and making exactly two purchases, the largest of which was a $27.85 spree at the P Street Whole Foods. LL is guessing that bought approximately a bunch of bananas and a loaf of bread.
A report for Dee Hunter had not been posted by last night; Hunter filed for an extension citing his treasurer being out of town for a few days.
Paul Strauss In: $12,305 ($30,610 total); Out: $9,547 ($9,547 total); Debts/Loans: $3,313 in debt; Cash on Hand: $21,063
The Skinny: Strauss’ habit of showing up at any political event anywhere in town pays off, with donations from school-board reps Biddle ($100), Slover ($50), and Trabue ($100), and from former councilmembers Brazil ($100) and Allen ($50), among other business and government notables. Strauss himself gave $2,000 to his campaign, which has notably paid Marshall Brown, legendary operative and father of Kwame, $4,000 for work on the campaign.
Nelson Rimensnyder In: $1,240 ($1,740 total); Out: $0 ($0 total); Debts/Loans: $0; Cash on Hand: $1,740
The Skinny: Rimensnyder, a Republican, is running on $500 of his own money and a bunch of sub-$100 contributions, though he has yet to spend any of it.
Philip Pannell In: $1,300 ($1,700 total); Out: $71 ($71 total); Debts/Loans: $0; Cash on Hand: $1,629
The Skinny: Pannell’s main patron in his quest for vengeance against Strauss is Arrington Dixon, the former council chair turned Anacostia businessman and party loyalist. Dixon’s pumped $1,000 into Pannell’s bid; the only expense thus far is for bank fees. Of course, Pannell has never had any trouble garnering attention on a limited budget.
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION
Ted Trabue (At-Large) In: $500 ($15,950 total); Out: $2,297 ($2,797 total); Debts/Loans: $0; Cash on Hand: $13,153
Sekou Biddle (Ward 4) In: $4,700 ($4,700 total); Out: $70 ($70 total); Debts/Loans: $2,500 loan from Biddle; Cash on Hand: $4,630
Laura Slover (Ward 3) In: $3,456 ($3,456 total); Out: $944 ($944 total); Debts/Loans: $0; Cash on Hand: $2,512
Lisa Raymond (Ward 6) In: $2,125 ($2,125 total); Out: $333 ($333 total); Debts/Loans: $0; Cash on Hand: $1,792
Cameron Poles (Ward 7) In: $550 ($550 total); Out: $96 ($96 total); Debts/Loans: $0; Cash on Hand: $454
Terrance McMichael (Ward 5) In: $325 ($325 total); Out: $72 ($72 total); Debts/Loans: $0; Cash on Hand: $253
Mary Lord (Ward 2) In: $245 ($245 total); Out: $0 ($0 total); Debts/Loans: $0; Cash on Hand: $245
The Skinny: Incumbents Biddle, Lord, Slover, and Trabue have a bit of a mutual-appreciation society, with each donating to each of the others’ campaigns. (Raymond seems not to be included, though she picked up a donation from Slover.) Other than that, not a lot to see here, though Poles has Alexander’s blessing in the race for the Ward 7 seat, apparently—-the councilmember gave a $200 donation.