New Campaign Finance Reports Show Continued Fundraising Edge For Slay

Oct 16, 2012

Updated to note that Slay filed multiple reports, and thus raised and spent more than quarterly report reflected.

The latest quarterly reports are in for the 2013 mayoral primary in the city of St. Louis, and incumbent Mayor Francis Slay continues to hold a huge fundraising advantage over challenger Lewis Reed, the Board of Aldermen president.

Here are some of the highlights from the reports, which were due yesterday and cover July, August and September. (Because Mayor Slay made contributions on behalf of candidates who ran in the August primaries, he had to file pre and post election reports.)

Slay for Mayor: (find all of his reports for this quarter here)

  • Accepted $292,745.22 in monetary donations, and another $8,800 in in-kind contributions.
  • Spent $178,972.84. The biggest chunk of that was for mailing and postage.
  • Has more than $1.5 million on hand.
  • Made $43,029.91 in in-kind contributions to A Safer Missouri, the political action committee supporting local control of the St. Louis Police Department.

Slay received five donations of $5,000 or more this quarter; from the Cardinals, Steve Smith of the Lawrence Group, the waste disposal company Waste Management, World Wide Technology, and Emerson Electric. Earlier this month, he received another $10,000 from Schnuck Markets.

Slay also got contributions from several city employees, including human services director Bill Siedhoff, health director Pamela Walker, streets director Todd Waelterman, fire chief Dennis Jenkerson, and public safety director Eddie Roth.

Committee to Elect Reed: (full report here)

  • Accepted $62,625 in monetary donations, and another $14,000 in in-kind contributions.
  • Spent $37,819.97. Most of that went for consulting and public relations.
  • Has $150,781.05 on hand,  but also $26,741.19 in debts.
  • Made $3,550 in contributions to other committees or candidates.

Reed's biggest donor this quarter was the PAC for IAFF Local 73, which represents city firefighters. His next biggest contribution was $5,000 from a Baltimore entity connected to the Cordish Companies, which is developing Ballpark Village.

Reed was also able to pull in small donations from the unions representing plasterers and cement masons, gas workers, bus drivers and other transit workers, and the sheet metal workers. And Tom Carnahan, (Russ Carnahan's brother) chipped in $2,500.

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