Archive for Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Dever, Chestnut still hold lead in campaign finance

March 27, 2007


Total donations

Here is the total amount that each candidate in the City Commission race has raised:

¢ Mike Dever: $35,610¢ Rob Chestnut: $33,978¢ Carey Maynard-Moody: $17,150¢ David Schauner: $16,242¢ Boog Highberger: $15,601¢ James Bush: $9,830

If voters are talking with their checkbooks, their top three choices for the Lawrence City Commission are unchanged from the February primary, according to the latest campaign finance reports.

Mike Dever, Rob Chestnut and Commissioner Boog Highberger raised the most money during the campaign period of Feb. 16 to March 22, according to the reports released Monday by the Douglas County Clerk's Office. That's also the exact order the candidates finished in the February primary.

Dever and Chestnut have a large lead in the fundraising race. Dever, owner of an environmental consulting firm, raised $13,955 during the period. That brings his total for the campaign to $35,610. That is a full $10,000 more than candidates have traditionally raised during City Commission campaigns.

Chestnut, chief financial officer for Allen Press, collected $10,710. That brings his campaign total to $33,978.

Highberger, an attorney for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, kept pace. He raised $10,081 during the period, double his contributions since the last reporting period in February. He has raised $15,601 in the campaign.

Commissioner David Schauner, general counsel for the Kansas National Education Association, raised $7,040. For the campaign he has raised $16,242.

Carey Maynard-Moody, a retired school social worker, raised $6,655. For the campaign, she has raised $17,150. James Bush, the former pastor of First Southern Baptist Church, trailed with $3,170. For the campaign, he has raised $9,830.

Bush finished fifth in the primary, while Maynard-Moody finished sixth.

The campaign finance reports showed several individuals and groups were making the maximum $500 contribution to a slate of candidates.

The Kansas Realtors Political Action Committee gave $500 each to Bush, Chestnut and Dever. The Lawrence Board of Realtors previously announced it had endorsed the candidates.

Robert Dunne and C.R. Dunne, who are listed as Wichita oil and gas investors, each gave $500 to Chestnut and Dever.

John Haase, a Lawrence-Douglas County planning commissioner and owner of a Lawrence collection agency, gave $500 to Schauner, Maynard-Moody and Highberger.

Alan Martin, an organic farmer, also gave $500 each to Schauner, Maynard-Moody and Highberger. Martin actually gave two $500 donations to Highberger during the period. That is allowed by law because one of the contributions came before the February primary and the other came after it. State law prohibits individuals from contributing more than $500 before a single election.

The commissioner's job pays $9,000 a year.


Michael Capra 10 years, 10 months ago

MERRILL cant you come up with any thing new your giving me a headache.Just tell everyone the sky is falling and its the end of the world.5 Familys control sounds like the mafia.Pull your head out . There not in control of mine.MERRILL YOUR MESSED UP

VOTE Dever,Chestnut,Bush or get people like this guy merrill and his mind set

Keith 10 years, 10 months ago

Has anyone tried to open the finance report pdfs? I get a server authorization request instead of open access.

Richard Heckler 10 years, 10 months ago

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blackwalnut 10 years, 10 months ago

Someone stole three signs - for Highberger, Schauner and Maynard-Moody - from my yard in the neighborhood west of Wakarusa, last week.

So much for free speech, the democratic process, respect for the law...

j4708 10 years, 10 months ago

I also can't open the finance reports. Right click and save still wants a password. Anybody able to open these files?

Godot 10 years, 10 months ago

Following the logic of the PLC and the GRA, the most honest person is the one who raises the least money. Vote Bush.

jafs 10 years, 10 months ago

It may have been true at one time in this country that businesses were looking out for their employees and providing an excellent service to a community.

I think this is no longer true - we have seen corruption rampant in large corporations, a decline in benefits offered to employees, a change in corporate culture.

When businesses practice offering 35 hr/week part-time jobs with lower wages and no benefits, they are not helping a community, but rather taking advantage of it.

We should be extremely cautious about any sort of "incentives" to businesses. If that means we are perceived as business-unfriendly, so be it. In my experience, many businesses are employee and community unfriendly.

kugrad 10 years, 10 months ago

A vote for expanding the city is a vote for higher taxes, greater disparity between east and west, more crime, more traffic problems, and more big-box retailers.

I'm not surprised that the darlings of the construction business owners, realtors, and business class have raised the most money.

I am also not surprised that the current commission is labled anti-growth/anti-business despite any action on their part to justify this label (which they got before taking office, not after). They have only not approved 2 projects. One the poorly-designed Wal Mart proposal that came back worse the second time (as though they wanted it rejected) and the other the extremely poor proposal to build out east of Prairie Park, a proposal that any city commission would have rejected since it was inadequate.

Rationalanimal 10 years, 10 months ago

"A vote for expanding the city is a vote for higher taxes, greater disparity between east and west, more crime, more traffic problems, and more big-box retailers."

You forgot ruining the environment, destroying the planet, and causing the entire universe system to explode into a black hole of nothing bringing an end to mankind and all life forms. This is kookie talk and not founded in fact or reason.

Currently, where are the big crime issues in the City? Downtown.

Traffic problems? Time yourself and see how long it takes to drive the length of Mass St on any given afternoon. And if there are other traffic snarls, it is the botched leadership of the current anti-growth SLC by failing to see issues and solve them. They've had 4 years to do something, all we have as a result is potholes (dips or bumps according to Charles Soules), and snarled traffic.

Money? This is America, a capitalist society, there is nothing inherently evil about money unless you're the party that has less, lack solutional ideas, and need something to talk about, so you complain about some unfair advantage.

Bigbox stores? Why is paying $7 for a shirt at Walmart instead of $45 for the same shirt at Sunflower Bike Shop(except the Patagonia name tag) bad for the community? The Socialist Leadership Party's own $250,000 case study concluded big box stores are good for the community. Walmart, Home Depot and the other evil "big box" stores provide more jobs and do more for Lawrence families than a downtown business could ever dream of. Big box store keep prices competitive so struggling Lawrence families can live in Lawrence and enjoy watching the wealthy elitists at the top of the hill live the downtown lifestyle that they think we all must live.

The reality is, not everyone in Lawrence can drive a new Volvo or spend $200 for dinner for 2 at the Eldridge every weekend. Some people in Lawrence rely on Walmart for a $7 shirt in order to balance their checkbook each month. Some people in Lawrence would rather have the dignity of paying for a shirt at Walmart rather than the socialist benevolence of getting a hand-me-down shirt at the Salvation Army. That's why Mike Dever and Rob Chestnut will win in a landslide.

Stephen Roberts 10 years, 10 months ago

Boy I can't wait for the election to be over. I am getting tired of hearing Merrill copying and pasting the same thing. I guess he lives by the saying " If you say it enough, people will start to believe it."

Sigmund 10 years, 10 months ago

I heard baby seals will be killed by Carl Rove and that the polar ice caps will melt drowning Al Gore if the PLC/GRA are not elected.

kugrad 10 years, 10 months ago

rational animal, your name doesn't fit you. If you can't see how bigger cities lead to more crime, you haven't paid attention to the world at large. The only "kookie talk" is the words I did not say that you put into my mouth. Since you are obviously a fan of big-box retailers then I am sure no rational argument can disuade you regarding to benefits of supporting local businesses over big-box corporations. No one needs to rely on wal mart to get by. We were able to get by before there were such stores and portraying them as an absolute necessity is wrong. As for traffic, if you think it is bad now (and that blame cannot fairly be put upon a single city commission, let alone the most recent one), just wait until the city grows. Larger is not necessarily better.

opinion 10 years, 10 months ago

"No one needs to rely on wal mart to get by"

Amen. Samething with downtown. Oops, wait, I mean we must save (subsidize with policies) downtown because, well, um, um...

KsTwister 10 years, 10 months ago

Lawrence doesn't need to grow so much as just fill in the dead spots. I think Chestnut, Dever and Bush are going to top out at the polls. People are ready for balance and end the open checkbook city hall likes to use. One more week.

bringmehere 10 years, 10 months ago

I have gotten now 14 phone calls in the last 2 DAYS from people promoting Rob Chestnut. Their annoying phone calls alone have caused me register on the no-call list. The second I finished filling out the form online I received call number 14. I was just curious if anyone else was getting these calls. I just got number 15 in the time it took me to write this.

bringmehere 10 years, 10 months ago

I must add something to my comment above. I have just gotten another call on behalf of Deever.

Stephen Roberts 10 years, 10 months ago

I met a couple hippies trying to tell me to vote for Boog and Schauner on Mass street last weekend. It didn't help that they looked stoned at the time. They told me how they were so glad about the changes to how pot will be prosecuted.

Michael Capra 10 years, 10 months ago

I had two guys dressed in drag wanting me to vote for Schauner,Boog,and Moody now thats some funny stuff when you have drag queens trying to get you to vote

VOTE for sure Dever,Chestnut,Bush

thank you have a great day

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