Nearly One-Third of James Nowlin's Campaign Dough Came From Outside Dallas, But at Least Some Donors Have Dropped By For a Visit

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James Nowlin
Shortly after city council candidate James Nowlin filed his campaign finance report Friday afternoon, he was beaming about raising $51,000 compared to incumbent Angela Hunt's $28,700 haul during the reporting period that ended April 4.

"Dallas has spoken, and the voters of District 14 have spoken," he told Unfair Park.

When we posted our story about the council candidates' filings, Nowlin had just submitted his report, with Hunt's following minutes later, so we didn't have a chance to take a close look at either one.

Turns out 32.6 percent of the money raised by Nowlin came from donors outside city limits, including $5,000 from Charter Oak -- a tiny city in western Iowa with fewer than 1,000 residents. Thirty-six contributors from 15 different states and the District of Columbia accounted for $14,580, while another 30 donors from 17 different Texas cities including Houston and Austin gave a total of $3,870.

Nowlin, who's openly gay, received donations from John Arrowood -- the first openly gay man to hold an elective office in North Carolina -- gay rights activist Nan Schaffer and political activist Karen Dixon. Other out-of-state contributions came from graduates of Duke University, where Nowlin attended law school.

"I'm proud of all the support I've received," Nowlin says. "Many of my supporters have visited Dallas and live in Dallas. And I am proud that people are supporting change in District 14 and supporting my candidacy."

Hunt reported seven contributions outside Dallas, with none from other states. Only $1,350 was from other Texas cities, including a $700 in-kind donation from the Texas Democratic Party in Austin and $100 from the Dallas Retired Firefighters Association in Carrollton.

Hunt declined to comment for this story.

By the numbers:

Nowlin

  • 188 total contributions: $50,996.38
  • Contributions under $50: $95.17
  • 122 contributions from Dallas: $32,546.24
  • 66 contributions from outside Dallas: $18,450.14 (32.6 percent of total money, 35.1 percent of donations)
  • 36 contributions from outside Texas: $14,580.00 (28.6 percent of total money, 19.1 percent of donations)
  • 30 contributions from other Texas cities: $3,870.14

Hunt

  • 143 total contributions: $28,749
  • 136 contributions from Dallas: $27,399
  • Seven contributions from other Texas cities: $1,350 (4.7 percent of total money, 4.9 percent of donations)

*Candidates Brian Oley and Vernon Franko raised just $1,600 combined.


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John S
John S

James Nowlin is the only Openly Gay Republican who is running. So that's why we should vote for him.

Mercedes Merrimac
Mercedes Merrimac

Its also amazing to see how much he has spent outside the district and in other states. Direct mail out of California? So no Dallas business can do direct campaign. This guy is a train wreck.

Michael
Michael

Just a minor correction to you article.

Vernon Franko has no contibutors. He is fully financing his campaign at this point and has spent as much as any other candidate. As of the filing deadline, he has spent over $22,400.

Vern feels that if elected he could better serve the constituents of District 14 if he does not owe any favors.

Holy Sheets
Holy Sheets

he wont get my vote after all his political flyers blowing all over the breezeways at my apt after he had a wine and cheese - meet and greet this week.each one i pick up just reminds me of who NOT to vote for.

Texaspainter
Texaspainter

He looks like another Dave Neumann clone from the Dallas Citizens Ho factory. Both have a ton of money coming from HP and UP.Wonder why?If you want to break this pattern, get out and vote.

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

One of the things I've always found odd about political campaigns in the City of Dallas and Dallas County is how much money comes from outside the districts.

Take a look at Eddie Bernice Johnson and/or a lot of the South Dallas politicians; for many of them, their primary base of monetary support comes from outside their respective districts; in some cases, the money appears to be coming primarily from the Park Cities and Preston Hollow.

dfwrez
dfwrez

this is crass but it has to be said...he has raised more money than Angela...does this mean he spent more time on his knees than she did?

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

So, these supporters of Mr. Nowlin are willing to put the best councilperson in Dallas out of office solely because her opponent is gay? How is supporting someone just because they are gay any different from opposing them just because they are gay? Both smack of bigotry.

Grumpy Demo
Grumpy Demo

Dudes, the Dallas Citizen Council started co-oping gay candidates years ago, anyone remember Chris Luna?

Jesterban
Jesterban

I support Angela Hunt but this story is a bit sensationalist, don't you think? Fox News ain't the only ones creating false controversies.

OED_Denizen
OED_Denizen

For what it is worth in this election cycle, Angela has raised 2.5 times what Nowlin has raised from District 14 RESIDENTS. She held a fundraiser in November and raised $45,452 of which $33,997 was from District 14. Between Jan 1 and April 1, she raised $28,749 of which $18,524 was from 14. Thus she has raised $52,521 from District 14 compared to Nowlin’s $20,620. As usual, you have to check Nowlin’s facts and they speak for themselves. BTW, I checked the addresses of each contributor to each campaign!

jackwagon
jackwagon

How generically perfect could this guy be? It's almost too perfect and completely contrived, read his bio on his web site:

1. Grew up dirt poor, son of a trucker - sad background story2. Graduated from UVA then Duke Law School - redemption3. Went to work for a top law firm - scoreboard the rest of the public4. Gay, non-white - suppressed, minority which elicits sympathy5. Owns 2 "rescue" dogs - It's not good enough to just own a dog, you have to own a rescue dog. not one though but TWO then make sure the public knows about your RESCUE dogs to make you look responsible and sensitive.

This guy is trying way too hard to be a perfect candidate. Watch out for this guy and his smug smile.

Go away, Junior Flybird
Go away, Junior Flybird

District 14 will indeed speak. The last thing we need is this green kid. Let him go shopping for stepping stone offices elsewhere. We require actual leadership.

Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

The Stonewall Democrats are the folks who decided to throw Angela Hunt under the bus and support someone far less qualified. While I think it is great that this guy gains some experience, I can't imagine why the gay (or any) community would get behind a guy just because he is gay.

If you got votes for being gay, I would rule the freaking universe. Frightening huh?

Downtown Resident
Downtown Resident

After the election can we call him "James No-wins" (har har)?

He's got a tough road ahead of him beating the only elected official in Dallas that's actually worth a damn.

MattL1
MattL1

"'Dallas has spoken, and the voters of District 14 have spoken,' he told Unfair Park."

Um, no we haven't. The election hasn't happened yet, buddy. When District 14 speaks, you'll know...

Montemalone
Montemalone

Am I the only one completely turned off by that nauseatingly smarmy fake smile? I wouldn't vote for him for crossing guard.

Kimindallas
Kimindallas

What is the news worthy point of this story? That James Nowlin and Angela Hunt doesn't?

Richard Morgan
Richard Morgan

Regarding the $5k from Charter Oaks...

Randy and Lisa Steffen each gave $1k.Then their two high school children (Marcus Steffen and Jonathon Steffen) each gave $1k.Then Elvin and Ruby Johnson farms (at the same address) gave $1k.Then another Johnson living in Ute, IA gave $1k.

I would like to hear a compelling argument that two high school football players in a small town in IA actually care enough about a Dallas City Council race to each donate $1k of their own money. Cause this really looks like the parents funneling money to the Nowlin campaign through their children.

RS1963
RS1963

Nowlin should just skip this and wait for his mentor EBJ to designate him as her replacement. The last thing District 14 needs is someone who honestly has zero interest in what's best for the residents of the district, and is only focused on his own political future. He may be a great candidate, but I just don't see him as a candidate for THIS elected office.

But if you are looking to vote for someone in EBJ's pocket, and who apparently believes very strongly in EBJ's character and beliefs, then Nowlin is clearly your best choice.

J. Erik Jonsson
J. Erik Jonsson

Hooray for identity politics! No matter how gay friendly Angela is, let's replace her with a guy whose sole qualification is being gay!

You know, I'm tired of learning about issues or trying to cast an intelligent vote. I'm just voting for fat, balding, white guys from here on out. Because if there's anything I've learned from GLBT activists, it's that you have to stick with your own kind.

jackwagon
jackwagon

"Many of my supporters have visited Dallas..."...as they stopped over in D/FW on their way to their final destination.

"And I am proud that people are supporting change in District 14 and supporting my candidacy."...hasn't Obama's "Change" motto run its course? How about be creative and think up something yourself?

wascallywabbit
wascallywabbit

I'm thinking of throwing a malt liquor and free cheese party! It ain't nuthin but a votin thang baby, a couple out of touch politicians with a constituency thats mentally lazy, and the citizens council are the the rich folks that pay me, unethical so please don't investigate me. Word to Dallas politics!

wascallywabbit
wascallywabbit

When ya gota go... ya gota go. And also, think of it as a more efficient politician, one who doesn't waste the publics time, by going on a potty break.

anon
anon

or supprting someone soley because they are black?

Richard Morgan
Richard Morgan

How so? As a district 14 resident and homeowner, I'm bothered that people who don't even live in Texas, much less Dallas, much less MY neighborhood are trying to buy this race.

Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

Okay....

1. My father was an evangelist.2. I was kicked out of UNT for smoking pot in my dorm.3. I worked for The Go Go's.4. Gay and white but very tan in the summer.5. Own one rescue dog but getting ready to adopt another.

#Winner...

Ellum08
Ellum08

And what exactly has our 'actual leadership' done for District 14? Aside from the Lower Greenville PD (which I hear most of the business owners are not in favor of) what has Angela done that is so great?

As I stated on another blog post, being against everything and for nothing doesn't equal real leadership.

Brucifer
Brucifer

As an active member of Stonewall Democrats who *attended* the endorsement screenings & deliberations, I take greate exception to your comment that we threw 'Angela under the bus' to support Nowlin. He won that endorsement by a SINGLE vote. And as a member and past officer of Dallas Stonewall YOUNG Democrats, he had their support en masse. A bloc of at least 10 DSYD members who were also  SDD members showed up primarily just for this endoresement vote, and swung it his way, again by a SINGLE vote. Without his DSYD supporters, Angela would have taken the SDDendorsement handily. Furthermore, Angela won HANDILY in all of the Oak Lawn precincts considered to be the 'Gayborhood'. So clearly many SDD members supported her in spite of the endorsement of Nowlin, or else he would've had a stronger showing.

Kimindallas
Kimindallas

Sorry, that James Nowlin has friends outside of Dallas and Angela Hunt doesn't?

anon
anon

Are those some distant relatives or something?

Richard Morgan
Richard Morgan

It was Roger Johnson from Ute, IA who gave the other $1k on March 30th.

BTW, Ute, IA is 6 miles from Charter Oak, IA.

Montemalone
Montemalone

And when you tell him he's full of shit, he says "wait", makes a funny face, then says "not anymore".

wascallywabbit
wascallywabbit

Or supporting someone because they wear depends for support.

JJ
JJ

I have their first record album that they all signed at Licorice Pizza on the Sunset strip. Wonder if it's worth anything on eBay. Hmmmm.

Steve
Steve

Wow, you worked for the Go Go's? Kewl, i remember reading about how wild they were back in the day and vaguely remember there being a big stink over a video of them drunk and Belinda going on some rant about why it's ok for guys to masturbate and not girls, or something like that.

Montemalone
Montemalone

Worked for the Go-gos? You ARE ruler of the universe.

Smart Dist. 14 Residents
Smart Dist. 14 Residents

No, it's the fact that one of the campaign's organizers has family in Charter Oaks, Iowa. Certainly appears as though the city campaign rules that limit donations to $1,000 have been violated by someone in Dallas funneling a few thousand dollars they gave to Nowlin through family members who live out of state.

anon
anon

Do you really think I care if you think I care?

Steve
Steve

At this moment i'm wearing white shoes, baby blue polyster slacks, a white belt with three buckle holes and a polyster shirt with a collar as big as Texas that's open to my belly button, do you really think i care if people don't say kewl anymore?

anon
anon

Does anybody really type "kewl" anymore? That was so 2002 chat room.....

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

He did. I can confirm this: When the Go-Go's last played House of Blues, Jack brought me backstage to meet Belinda Carlisle. At which point I began to wish I knew Jack in 1981.

Sam_Merten
Sam_Merten

It's also the first link in the story.

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