Archive for Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Candidates report campaign contributions

February 25, 2009


Two Lawrence City Commission candidates have emerged as the front-runners in the race to gather cash for the April 7 election.

Businessmen Aron Cromwell and Lance Johnson have a clear-cut lead in campaign cash, according to reports filed with the Douglas County Clerk’s office.

Cromwell — owner of an environmental consulting business — collected $12,870 from the Jan. 1 through Feb. 19 reporting period, according to the new reports. But $8,000 of that amount is a personal loan that Cromwell made to his campaign fund.

“I really wanted to focus more on my message and outreach efforts instead of getting too tied up in fundraising,” Cromwell said of the loan, which is nearly as much as a city commissioner gets paid in a year. “Hopefully, I’ll get enough donations later in the campaign to recoup it.”

Johnson, who owns a civil engineering firm, raised $12,435 during the period. Johnson, who was the first candidate to file for the race, said he believed the fundraising success shows voters agree with his message that the city needs to get more aggressive in attracting jobs.

“I think we have a lot of concerned voters out there,” Johnson said.

Here’s a look at key information from each candidate’s report:

• Mike Amyx: Raised $1,860 from 18 contributors, including a $45 donation from himself.

• Price Banks: Raised $3,195 from 23 contributors, including a $500 donation from himself.

• James Bush: Raised $5,171 from 30 contributors.

• Dennis Constance: Raised $546 from 14 contributors.

• Cromwell: Raised $12,870 from 106 contributors, including the $8,000 loan from himself.

• Lance Johnson: Raised $12,435 from 93 contributors, including a $500 donation from his business.

• Tom Johnson: Pledged not to raise or spend more than $500 during the campaign, and thus is not required to file a report.

• Gwen Klingenberg: Raised $2,650, including $1,135 from 10 contributors who donated more than $50, and $1,515 from an unknown number of contributors who donated less than $50. The amounts included an $85 donation Klingenberg made to herself.

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Michael Capra 9 years, 2 months ago

cromwell didnt give the money back to the anarchrist klingenberg did you pay for all the bad checks you wrote price banks fired from city hall now thats funny

what next

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years, 2 months ago

Did Lance Johnson get contributions from the same folks who financed Dever and Chestnut? The same ones who expect a very clear "return on investment?"

Flap Doodle 9 years, 2 months ago

Is any candidate accepting untraceable cash contributions like Barry/Biden did last fall?

monkeyhawk 9 years, 2 months ago

Feeling threatened, boozo? Cromwell raised more than L. Johnson, why no problem with that?

Maybe a new alliance is forming - the CLC.

Richard Heckler 9 years, 2 months ago

Cromwell did not raise more money than did the developers friend Lance Johnson. With all due respect Lance Johnson depends on developers to make a living. $8000 was loaned to the Cromwell campaign by Cromwell.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years, 2 months ago

"Cromwell raised more than L. Johnson, why no problem with that?"

Before it's over, I predict that Johnson will get at least $30,000, mostly from folks who expect a "return on their investment."

The same can't be said for Cromwell.

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