Campaign finances: Goodman, Rybak rule

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September 28, 2009 // UPDATED 9:23 am - September 28, 2009
By: Cristof Traudes
Cristof Traudes

The latest campaign finance reports are in, and surprises are few: In almost every race, incumbents have far out-raised their opponents.

Save for Mayor R.T. Rybak, nobody in Downtown-affecting races has raised more than the campaign of City Council Member Lisa Goodman, who is seeking a fourth term representing the 7th Ward. The campaign reportedly raised $42,980 this year, adding to what already was the largest war chest in the city for a total of $116,325.87.

Speaking of the mayor, his campaign came out swinging this year, reportedly raising $259,924.83 through Sept. 1. That’s more than all of his challengers’ cash flows combined — by almost a quarter million dollars.

Below is the complete list of Downtown candidates’ campaign funds. A threshold of $100 in donations required a filing; “no report filed” indicates none was received by Hennepin County.


Candidate   //   Earned in 2009   //   Spent in 2009   //   Balance as of Sept. 1

City Council, Ward 7

Lisa Goodman*   //   $42,980.00   //   $32,258.36   //   $116,325.87
Michael Katch   //   $782.21   //   $690.64   //   $91.57
Jeff Wagner     //  No report filed

Mayor

Bob Carney Jr.   //  No report filed
Christopher Clark   //  No report filed
James R. Everett   //  No report filed
Tom Fiske  //  No report filed
Al Flowers   //   $2,330.00   //   $2,329.35   //   $0.65
Dick Franson   //   $9,996.16   //   $9,869.74   //   $126.42
Papa John Kolstad   //   $1,050.00   //   $0.00   //   $1,050.00
Joey Lombard   //  No report filed
Bill McGaughey   //   $610.00   //   $607.68   //   $2.32
R.T. Rybak*   //   $259,924.83   //   $201,735.90   //   $67,387.93
John Charles Wilson   //  No report filed

Park Board District 3
Scott Vreeland   //   $2,880.00   //   $1,383.90   //   $1,216.10
Mike Wendorf   //  No report filed

Park Board District 4

Anita Tabb   //   $9,555.00   //   $7,564.43   //   $1,990.57

Park Board At-Large  

Mary Merrill Anderson*   //   $2,629.00   //   $2,479.53   //   $972.08
Nancy Bernard   //  No report filed
John Butler   //  No report filed
John Erwin   //   $11,263.00   //   $9,410.63   //   $2,064.37
Bob Fine   //   $1,974.00   //   $20.00   //   $1,954.00
Tom Nordyke*   //   $13,030.00   //   $13,631.92   //   -$457.10
David Wahlstedt   //   $1,320.00   //   $38.00   //   $1,282.00
Annie Young*   //   $2,939.85   //   $1,653.75   //   $2,043.83

Board of Estimate and Taxation
Carol Becker*   //   $1,649.11   //   $2,040.45   //   $1,789.09
Michael Martens   //   $500.00   //   $0.00   //   $500.00
James Elliot Swartwood   //  No report filed
DeWayne Townsend   //   $200.00   //   $1,150.00   //   $1,000.00
David Wheeler   //   $1,530.00   //   $1,388.95   //   $141.05
Phil Willkie   //   $532.74   //   $532.74   //   $0.00

* = incumbent

Updated Sept. 30

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ELECTION UPDATE

Absentee voting begins Oct. 2

People who know they won’t be able to make it to the election booth in November can vote using absentee ballots as early as Oct. 2.

Minneapolis residents can vote absentee for any of the following reasons: being away from the precinct on Election Day, illness, disability, religious discipline or observance of a religious holiday, or service as an election judge in another precinct.

Absentee voters can either vote in person at City Hall from Oct. 2 through Nov. 2 or they can do it by mail. Request an absentee ballot by going to bit.ly/Ad8I2.

In-person voting can be done from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays in room 1B on the ground floor of City Hall, 350 S. 5th St. The office also will be open for voting from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 31.

For more information, call 311 or go to bit.ly/Ad8I2.

Candidate forums

Board of Estimate and Taxation: 6:30–8:30 p.m. Oct. 8, Keewaydin Park and Recreation Center. Sponsored by the Nokomis East Neighborhood Association. Will also feature candidates Park Board District 5.

Park Board At Large:
6:30–8:30 p.m. Oct. 20, Kenwood Gym, 2013 Penn Ave. S. Sponsored by the Kenwood-Isles Area Association and the Southwest Journal. Will also feature Park Board District 4 candidate Anita Tabb.