Because We Have Nothing Better to Do Than Pore Over Campaign Finance Reports

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Donna Starnes raised more than former city council member Sandy Greyson in the race to succeed Ron Natinsky.
Now that you've had time to chew on our analysis of the mayoral candidates' fund-raising prowess, we thought it was time to take a quick look-see at how the city council races are shaping up. Unfortunately, eight candidates still haven't filed their campaign finance reports online as of 2 p.m., so we'll have to update accordingly.

First off, it appears as though Monica Alonzo, the sister of State Rep. Roberto Alonzo, has a significant advantage in the race for the soon-to-be-vacant District 6 seat currently occupied by longtime council member Steve Salazar. Alonzo served as Salazar's campaign manager and Park Board appointee and has his endorsement. She raised $40,000 during the reporting period that ended April 4 compared to just $4,300 for Luis Sepulveda, who served as a Dallas County justice of the peace for 10 years. A measly 1,053 votes were cast in this district two years ago.

Tea Partier Donna Starnes raised $18,000 and loaned her campaign another $10,000 in an attempt to win the District 12 seat held by mayoral candidate Ron Natinsky. Meanwhile, former term-limited city council member Sandy Greyson raised $15,000 in her bid to recapture her old seat, and DART Board member William Tsao hasn't filed yet. [Update: Tsao raised $7,700 and loaned his campaign $47,000. Two of his contributions -- $2,000 from Keh-Shew Lu and $2,000 from Felix Chen -- violate Dallas City Code, Section 15A-2, which limits donations to $1,000 per election cycle.]

Perhaps the most vulnerable incumbent is District 3's Dave Neumann, who raised $38,000 and has $83,000 in cash on hand. Challenger Scott Griggs's report isn't available.

If Neumann isn't the incumbent in the most trouble, then Carolyn Davis has to hold that title, with just $10,000 raised and $7,600 spent. She reported no money in the bank (although there has to be at least $2,400) and listed a consulting payment to Marvine [sic] Crenshaw. Casie Pierce reported $6,200 in contributions and also reported a zero balance, although she spent only $4,000 of those funds. Helen McKinney reported zero contributions but somehow managed to expense $179.73 for Stapples [sic].

After the jump, links to other posted reports.

District 2
1. Billy MacLeod: $2,000 raised, no reported balance
2. Pauline Medrano (incumbent): $19,000 raised, $15,200 balance

District 4
1. Dwaine Caraway (incumbent, unopposed): $13,500 raised (including $1,000 from Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins), no reported balance

District 9
1. Sheffie Kadane (incumbent): $27,700 raised (including $250 from state Sen. Royce West), $26,300 balance
2. Robert Foster: $0 raised
3. Kirk Launius: $45 raised, $45 balance

District 10

1. Jerry Allen (incumbent): $26,400 raised, $25,340 balance, $10,000 outstanding loan
2. Cynthia Durbin: $550 raised, no reported balance

District 13
1. Ann Margolin (incumbent): $45,600 raised, $112,200 balance, $99,000 outstanding loan

District 14
1. Vernon Franko: $0 raised, no reported balance, $22,400 outstanding loan
2. James Nowlin $51,100 raised, $26,000 balance
[Update: 3. Angela Hunt (incumbent): $28,700 raised, $27,000 balance]
4. Brian Oley: $1600 raised (including $1,000 from himself), $800 balance

*number next to each name represents ballot position



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22 comments
Ellum08
Ellum08

I know this is going to come as a complete shock to some of you, but not everyone in District 14 is as enthralled with Ms. Hunt as the majority of the Observer crowd would think.

Being against everything and for nothing may not play to everyone, you know.

RS1963
RS1963

It's obvious that Nowlin probably doesn't even have a clue where District 14 is, and neither do the majority of his "supporters". What we have is Eddie Bernice Johnson attempting to spread her power base, and Nowlin trying to get some traction for future campaigns (replacing EBJ, anyone?) Nowlin and his friends were powerful fundraising supporters of EBJ, so now she's paying him back. That would be a definite reason not to support him, and should be Angela's campaign slogan: "If you believe in everything EBJ believes in, then vote for Nowlin. Free scholarships for everyone (related)".

As for ANYONE with "Pastor" Broden's support (Kirk Launius), that would be #1 reason not to vote for him. It's not a Tea Party connection, it's a "Planned Parenthood is trying to kill all the black people" connection. I don't think Broden ever cared one iota about the Tea Party or any of their beliefs. His only focus is abortion.

OED_Denizen
OED_Denizen

It would be interesting for someone to followup on Nowlin's contributions.28% are from out of Dallas60% are not even from District 14In fact if you look at Angela's fundraising in District 14 in the last two reporting cycles, she has outraised Nolin by a ratio of 2.5 to 1!BTW about 75% of Angela's money comes from people residing in District 14 in contrast to Nowlin's 40%.

Oak Cliff Res
Oak Cliff Res

Is there anything suspicious about Nowlin and all of the expenditures for Meals for Volunteers???

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

Wow A Tea Partier on the council .

This could be great !

If only for the entertainment value .

Ellum08
Ellum08

Wow, I am kinda impressed with how much James Nowlin has raised.

When is the rest of the information supposed to be submitted?

Richard Morgan
Richard Morgan

Hunt has done some great things for our district, but you realize Nowlin isn't the only alternative. I've been really impressed with Oley.

J. Erik Jonsson
J. Erik Jonsson

Here's $2000 or 4% of his total haul:

http://www.chicagogayhistory.c...

Sam, we've seen this phenomenon with Lupe Valdez and Ed Oakley. Wouldn't it make an interesting story to interview some of these people? Who's running the GLBT money, and why would they target Dallas so much? Aren't we already pretty tolerant around here? More importantly, why Angela? She's got a spotless record on GLBT issues.

OED_Denizen
OED_Denizen

The question that I was trying to ask - who is trying to "buy" the District 14 seat for Nowlin?

(Not that) John M
(Not that) John M

I was doing some google research just last night on district 9 candidates. Kirk Launius seems to have a bit of a tea party vibe going on. His campaign website has very little content, so it's hard to know for sure.

His endorsement page leads off with Stephen Broden. That seems like a hint.

Two tea partiers! Twice the fun.

Sam_Merten
Sam_Merten

Nowlin's haul is indeed impressive. As for the other reports, they were due yesterday, so there's no telling when they'll be online.

J. Erik Jonsson
J. Erik Jonsson

And Vern Franko! Vote for Vern! Hey, Vern!

I finally saw one of his signs on Skillman last weekend, and it's an instant classic. I'm picking it up after the election.

Kimindallas
Kimindallas

What spotless history on GLBT does Hunt have?

Raymond X
Raymond X

Gay rights activists. That's my guess. He has $25,000+ from far away states like Iowa, Oregon, New York, etc. Google those names and you find a number of them are staunch gay rights activists.

Vernon Franko
Vernon Franko

Hello Erik. Your welcome to pick one up now for your yard before election day. As an underdog in this race, I could use the support.

Though the above article does not mention it. I'm actually financing my own campaign. Although my campaign staff would prefer otherwise, I'd prefer not to owe any favors if elected. Expenditures to the filing date for my campaign have been $22,400.00, which is pretty much even with my opponents spending. Of course expenditures are ongoing and I'm not a rich man so plan not to commit much more than 50K of my resources.

Snookie Pie
Snookie Pie

Nowlin's support comes from Ed Oakley gang. They are seeking contributions throughout the City and from Gay communities elsewhere and of course, Eddie Bernice Johnson is leaning on folks to help him.

This same gang, Ed Oakley, et al, is supporting Natinsky for Mayor.

Yuk!

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