Anchorage officers engaged on a repair after they forgot to price range cash for the mayoral transition

An Anchorage government oversight that failed to provide funding, office space and supplies to Mayor-Elect Dave Bronson’s transition team is likely to be resolved soon.

Congregation vice chairman Chris Constant said previous city budgets have set aside funds for expenses during the change of mayor, such as in 2009 when $ 60,000 was budgeted for former Mayor Dan Sullivan’s transition into office.

Constant said the assembly would vote at its next meeting on Tuesday to allocate a likely similar amount to Bronson’s team.

Since winning the runoff election on May 11, Bronson has assembled a transition team of more than two dozen people, most of whom are unpaid volunteers, said Matt Shuckerow, a transition team spokesman. Many donated office supplies and equipment.

The money will help pay rent, office supplies and normal transition costs, he said.

“The Bronson transition team has been aware of this issue for some time and is pleased that it is resolved,” said Shuckerow.

Constant said he did not discover the omission in the budget himself, nor did he learn about it from Bronson and his team. Instead, he recently found out about The Alaska Landmine, a website owned and operated by political writer Jeff Landfield.

“I got a call from someone who asked, ‘Hey, is there any money in there?’ And I assumed there was one, ”said Constant.

A new mayor is elected every three to six years. Transitional allowances would not normally be considered by congregation members when approving a budget, assembly member Felix Rivera said.

“As far as I know, it is never something that the congregations think about or worry about. It’s something that the mayor and administration put into the budget when it’s created, ”Rivera said. “When we only recently started looking into it, we found that it wasn’t finished yet.”

Constant said that shortly after the discovery, he then contacted the transition team and asked them if they needed money.

At the time, Bronson’s team told him they hadn’t come forward because they “didn’t want to make a fight out of it,” Constant said.

“Here’s a thought for the future – don’t assume something is a struggle. Ask a question, ”he said. “For me that is the quintessence of everything.”

Bronson during his campaign for mayor positioned himself as a conservative leader who would challenge the city’s progressive assembly and be very critical of its members.

The administration of former mayor Ethan Berkowitz proposed the budget for 2021 in early October 2020 Resignation after scandal about what he called an “inappropriate messaging relationship” with a local newscaster.

The congregation elected incumbent Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson to fill the office and retained much of Berkowitz’s administration.

A spokesman for the incumbent mayor has not yet responded to email questions about the recent budgeting process and why it did not include money for the transition team.

How Eric Adams, Mayoral Candidate, Blended Cash and Political Ambition

In interviews, several real estate personalities said that Mr. Adams’s campaign contributions were not only transactional but reflected his general support.

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Regardless of the exact dynamic, by the time his campaign was submitted in March, Mr. Adams had amassed at least $ 937,000 from developers, property managers, architects, contractors, and more. This represented more than a third of his total private contributions, excluding public matching funds, research shows, and included money from developers of luxury buildings in gentrifying neighborhoods.

(To qualify for public matching funds under a new city program, Mr. Adams’ campaign voluntarily returned more than $ 300,000 of that money to the real estate industry – including sharing several donations referred to in this article – because they have exceeded the contribution limits of the program.)

Early supporters of Mr. Adams’ mayoral offer included Mr. Schwartz, the co-founder of the Slate group.

On May 25, 2018, a subsidiary of Slate filed a land use application in the city to erect a 40-story tower on a wedge-shaped lot in downtown Brooklyn that spans approximately 24 stories. Mr. Adams would have to provide an opinion on the proposed zone change.

Three weeks after filing, on the evening of June 13th, Mr. Schwartz hosted the fundraiser for Mr. Adams in his office on East 29th Street. According to the participants, Mr. Schwartz organized the event and personally invited guests.

Mr. Schwartz, who was on the city’s business list, distanced himself and Slate from the event. He didn’t personally contribute; He last donated $ 320 to Mr. Adams’ campaign in 2015. And he sent the invitation on behalf of a management company that operates in the same offices as Slate. The invitation – in blue, yellow, and white with the “Eric Adams 2021” logo – suggested contributions ranging from $ 300 for a “friend” to $ 1,000 for a “sponsor”.

Several of Mr. Schwartz’s vendors donated: a demolition company gave $ 2,000, a real estate attorney gave $ 2,500, and an equipment maker gave $ 5,000.

San Antonio mayoral candidates are elevating more cash than ever

After a slow start to the fundraiser earlier this year, the two leaders in the San Antonio Mayor’s Race are raising more money than ever before.

Mayor Ron Nirenberg raised nearly $ 318,000 from January 1 to March 22, a campaign financial report filed Thursday shows – more than double what he raised at the time of the campaign two years ago. His campaign spent more than $ 197,000 during that period.

Nirenberg started this race with less on the bench than in the last election – and has less cash on hand than back then. The mayor had around $ 190,000 in his coffers on March 22, around $ 94,000 less than at the time of the 2019 election campaign.

Likewise, Mayor Greg Brockhouse has almost doubled his fundraiser compared to two years ago after starting the year with nothing in the bank except a $ 17,000 loan. The former city council raised $ 100,755 from January 1 to March 22, and spent more than $ 68,000 during that period.

Brockhouse had more than $ 25,000 in his savings account at the end of the reporting period – compared to the roughly $ 15,000 he had in the last mayor’s race at the time.

Brockhouse campaigns without the financial support of the fire and police unions – which gave him strong support when he tried to take down Nirenberg two years ago. The unions spent more than $ 530,000 during this race helping Brockhouse, who was once a political advisor to them, fill a funding gap with the mayor.

In a dramatic move, the San Antonio Professional Firefighters Association took decided in March not to support any candidate for the mayor’s race. Meanwhile, the San Antonio Police Officers Association is trying to defeat an electoral initiative led by police reform activists to deprive the union of the right to collectively negotiate its contract with the city – a move that proponents say the ability of Union would undermine officials inappropriately shielding the accused of wrongdoing.

Police union president John “Danny” Diaz has previously said that it is likely that the union will support the mayor’s race – although it has not yet done so.

Nirenberg offered the union an olive branch last month by telling Diaz about it He supports collective bargaining for police officers – although the mayor later insisted that he would not take sides in the election campaign.

City Council money

The cost of the 10 San Antonio City Council races goes up – over $ 585,000.

District 2 councilor Jada Andrews-Sullivan has left a crowded field behind and challenged her for the East Side seat. She has tried to fill a fundraising gap with her former coworker Jalen McKee-Rodriguez, a math teacher at Madison High School, who has proven to be an effective fundraiser.

Andrews-Sullivan raised more than $ 21,000 and spent $ 8,400 from January 1 to March 22. The first-time councilor had $ 12,679 in the bank at the end of the period.

McKee-Rodriguez, who previously served as the director of communications for Andrews-Sullivan, raised approximately $ 17,000, spent nearly $ 25,000, and had nearly $ 9,000 in his bank account.

But McKee-Rodriguez still surpassed and surpassed his former boss in this election.

Andrews-Sullivan and McKee-Rodriguez aren’t the only big fundraisers in the Disrict 2 race. Kristi Villanueva, president of the West San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, raised $ 16,575 and spent more than $ 17,000.

In the race to represent District 1 in the urban core of the city, Councilor Roberto Treviño outperformed environmentalist Mario Bravo by less than $ 6,000 and outperformed him by a 4-1 lead in his bid for a final term. But Treviño ended the period with less money in the bank – just over $ 20,000 compared to Bravo’s $ 34,000.

On the northeast side, District 10 councilor Clayton Perry kept a significant financial advantage over his opponents. The council’s only Conservative raised more than $ 40,000 for a third term. He spent more than $ 8,300 and held more than $ 85,000 at the end of the fundraising period.

Perry’s main antagonist, Ezra Johnson, vice chair of the VIA Metropolitan Transit Board, spent more than Perry – about $ 14,000 – but raised only $ 19,000 by comparison. Johnson had around $ 14,000 in the bank.

In neighboring District 9, reigning John Courage raised more than $ 33,000, spent more than $ 31,000, and had nearly $ 24,000 left. Conservative challenger Erika Moe, a lawyer, grossed more than $ 23,000. She spent around $ 39,000 and had more than $ 11,000 in cash on March 22.

In a crowded race for a vacant spot in District 3, Phyllis Viagran outdoes her opponents as she tries to keep the family seat. She is the sister of outgoing councilor Rebecca Viagran, who has left the Southeast Side seat.

Phyllis Viagran raised more than $ 15,000 and had nearly $ 10,000 available. But it was issued by architect Marcello Martinez, who spent more than $ 14,000 compared to the more than $ 10,000 Viagran spent. Even so, she had about $ 2,000 more in the bank than Martinez.

Meanwhile, former State MP Tomas Uresti, the brother of jailed former Senator Carlos Uresti, raised around $ 6,700 and spent $ 5,100 on his bid for the District 3 seat.

Norberto “Geremy” Landin, a senior executive of the San Antonio South Texas Allergy and Asthma Medical Professionals, has outpaced and outdone his 10 opponents in the open race to replace outgoing District 5 councilor Shirley Gonzales – though he did not say how much money he has on hand. Landin raised more than $ 15,000 and spent around $ 17,000.

Realtor Marie Crabb raised only $ 4,500 by comparison, but she spent $ 14,000 and had $ 13,000 left. Crabb also reported a $ 20,000 loan.

The council’s remaining incumbents – Adriana Rocha Garcia, Melissa Cabello Havrda, Ana Sandoval, and Manny Peláez – enjoyed comfortable financial advantages over their opponents.

Fix SAPD, the campaign behind the election to eradicate the police union, continued its fundraiser – more than $ 245,000 was raised and nearly $ 146,000 was spent. The Political Action Committee had around $ 88,000 in its coffers at the end of the reporting period.

This is an evolving report. Check back with for updates.

Suburban cash fueling Cleveland mayoral race

CLEVELAND, Ohio – More than half of all the dollars poured into high-profile mayoral candidates during the past reporting period came from the suburbs or elsewhere in Ohio, not from Cleveland.

That figure comes from an analysis of campaign funding data submitted for the most recent July-December reporting period by five of the top contenders exploring a run or entering the race to succeed Mayor Frank Jackson – which wasn’t ruled out one Run for a fifth term.

Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley, Councilor Blaine Griffin, former Mayor Dennis Kucinich, and hopeful 2017 Mayor Zack Reed received much of their donations from outside Cleveland, most of them from well-known suburbs like Shaker Heights or Lakewood. Nonprofit manager Justin Bibb, the only candidate to officially declare a run, was the only candidate to report the majority of his donations from the city, though he also received the highest percentage of his donations from abroad.

Another, Cleveland City Councilor Basheer Jones, did not disclose his donors.

The money in the suburbs gave Kelley a massive cash advantage over his potential rivals. Kelley, who has not officially announced, has more than $ 500,000 in his coffers, with Bibb being the closest at around $ 160,000.

That included raising more than $ 217,000, most of it through a November 19 fundraiser that saw Kelley raise $ 208,150. Most of Kelley’s donations came from unions, corporations and actors in the Northeast Ohio political scene – for example, $ 10,000 from the influential Ratner family.

Kelley received $ 80,000 of his money directly from donors, unions, PACs, and corporations in the city of Cleveland. More than $ 117,000 came from the suburbs or elsewhere in Ohio, and another $ 20,000 came from abroad.

Kelley’s largest spend on media consulting was $ 6,000 for Falls Communication in North Ridgeville. Another $ 2,000 went to Pathway Polling in Lakewood, with most of Kelley’s remaining spending going towards daily campaign expenses such as cell phones and advertising.

Bibb reported raising around $ 27,000 during that time, adding to the $ 144,000 he had in his account. Bibb spent $ 12,000 on a final bill of around $ 160,000. More than half of Bibb’s money came from Cleveland, around 29% – around $ 7,700 – came from the suburbs or elsewhere in Ohio. About 20% of Bibb’s money – $ 5,750 – came from abroad.

Bibb’s largest spend on fundraising advice to LA Harris and Associates, Kentucky was $ 7,500. Another US $ 1,365 went towards housing his finance director.

Cleveland City Councilor Blaine Griffin, who said he was running for re-election but hadn’t completely ruled out an offer for a mayor, raised $ 45,830 for a total of $ 45,830 after spending just over $ 93,000. Nearly 70% of Griffin’s money – $ 31,950 – came from the suburbs or elsewhere in Ohio, and around 29% – around $ 13,000 – came from Cleveland.

Griffin’s largest spend was $ 2,374.92 for a MacBook. Another $ 1,800 went into a Ward 6 event in January 2020.

Former councilor and hopeful 2017 mayor, Zack Reed, who currently works for Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose, raised $ 31,150 and only spent more than $ 11,000, with a cash balance of just over $ 20,000 ended. Reed also loaned his campaign $ 40. More than half of Reed’s money – $ 16,900 – came from outside Cleveland.

Former Mayor Dennis Kucinich raised $ 51,000 for his $ 402 in the bank. However, Kucinich also had $ 35,777 in outstanding debt on him in the form of a loan during his tenure as governor in 2018.

All of Kucinich’s donors also gave to Reed. More than half of Kucinich’s money – $ 28,000 – came from the politically active restaurateur Tony George and his family. George also gave Reed $ 5,500.

Another $ 20,000 of Kucinich’s money came from real estate developer James Kassouf and his family, a Republican donor who was recently pardoned by Republican President Donald Trump in December for pleading guilty to a single count of filing a false tax return. Kassouf gave Reed $ 2,500.

Cleveland-based immigration attorney Margaret Wong also gave both candidates $ 2,000 to Kucinich and $ 500 to Reed.

Cleveland City Councilor Basheer Jones raised just over $ 80,000. However, with just $ 11,500 in the bank and $ 44,000, Jones was left with just under $ 48,000 in cash.

Jones took the unusual step of not disclosing the full names and addresses of his contributors, which is required by law. A spokeswoman for Cuyahoga County Electoral Bureau said Jones’ treasurer was in the process of updating the report with the full list of donors.

Jones spent nearly $ 24,000 on consulting and marketing alone. The biggest beneficiary was the Columbus-based Redfern & Rossi owned by former Ohio Democratic Party leader Chris Redfern for $ 7,000. Philadelphia-based Youssef Komah, described as a campaign strategy and marketing advisor, received $ 6,500.

If Jackson runs for re-election, he doesn’t raise any money for it. According to the latest report, Jackson has not raised any money since July, which ended up with just over $ 6,000 in his campaign account.