Campaign finance reports explored

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Candidates had until April 15 to file their pre-primary campaign finance reports, which break down contributions and expenditures (both itemized and unitemized) through April 8.

All of the financing expended on campaigns to this point have come solely from the race for Brazil Mayor, which is the lone contested race on the ballot.

Republican Mayoral candidate, and current Brazil Township Trustee, Thomas J. (T.J.) Sneddon has brought in the most contributions and spent the most on his campaign.

The entire $3,222.75 he has brought in has come from direct and in-kind contributions from his wife, Susan M. Sneddon. As of April 8, he had spent $2,708.15, which left him with a campaign balance of $514.60.

Of his expenditures, $85.40 were marked as unitemized, while $1,400 went for a billboard, $683.76 was for yard signs and $538.99 went toward other advertisements, all through Susan as well.

Incumbent Democrat Mayor Ann Bradshaw started 2011 with a balance of $1,482.75 in her campaign account, and has accumulated an additional $1,329 through April 8, giving her a total of $2,811.75 in contributions.

Of the 2011 contributions, $500 came from Ed Galliffe (McCordsville, Ind.), Dennis Cobb (Indianapolis) contributed $400, Mary Wright (Brazil) gave $200, $100 came from Steve House (Brazil), while Charles Hear (Brazil, $99) and Mary Hendrickson (Brazil, $30) also contributed to Bradshaw's campaign.

Of her $2,071.99 in expenditures, $1,172.96 went to Rust Publishing, Greencastle, for advertising in The Brazil Times, $633.98 was for signs from Clover Signs, Brazil, while $232.05 was paid to Garber Photography, Brazil, for pictures and The Brazil Times accounted for the other $35, which was for campaign bags.

Of her pre-2011 contributions, Attorney Duane Denton, Zionsville, provided $250 in both 2009 and 2010, while John Daniluck, Indianapolis, and David Campbell, Indianapolis, contributed $250 in 2009 and 2010, respectively, which were the largest amounts from any individual contributor. Bradshaw also had $220.15 remaining in her campaign account following the 2007 Municipal General Election, and added another $135.15 herself in 2009.

Democratic candidate Brian Wyndham had brought in $1,500 in contributions as of April 8, expending $478, leaving $1,022 in his account.

Of the contributions, $1,000 came from Wyndham himself, while the remaining $500 was from William and Frances Bieker, Brazil.

At the time of the campaign finance reporting, he had spent $428 at Clover Signs for door hangers and the other $50 through Rust Publishing for advertising in The Brazil Times.

For Republican candidate John Nelson's campaign, he had received $940 in contributions, all of which came from his own pocket.

He had spent $893.97 of his contributions, which left him with $46.03 as of April 8. Of those expenditures, $420.82 went to Cross and Oberlie (Neenah, Wis.) for yard signs, $299.60 went toward flyers and cards from A+ Printing (Brazil) and the other $173.55 was paid to Votes Unlimited (Ferndale, N.Y.) for pens.

Democratic candidate for mayor Beverly Sue Chaney had been by far the most conservative in her campaign as of April 8.

Her $100 in contributions came from herself, and she had yet to accumulate any expenditures.

Two other candidates also filed pre-campaign finance reports by the April 15 deadline.

The report from incumbent Democrat Clerk-Treasurer Karen McQueen, who is unopposed in the Municipal Primary, showed she had received no contributions and had no expenditures.

Meanwhile, City Council (Ward 4) Republican candidate Dustin Jorgensen had brought in $50 in unitemized contributions, with no expenditures. Jorgensen is unopposed in the Primary, but will face off against incumbent Democrat Bill Lovett in the Municipal Primary.

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