July 19, 2006

The tortoise and the hare

The Hare is winning the race this time around, at least when it comes to raking in dough.
Illinois Democratic congressional candidate Phil Hare has surged ahead of Republican opponent Andrea Zinga in the scramble to collect campaign dollars for their 17th District election showdown.

Despite having only three weeks of fundraising compared with Zinga’s three months, Hare, of Rock Island, had raised $226,799 by Saturday, the July 15 deadline to report second-quarter campaign donations to the Federal Election Commission. Zinga, of Coal Valley, however, came close to her goal of $200,000, collecting a reported $192,690 since April. That number may be amended, though, with an additional $11,000 in Internet donations that were not officially reported, said her campaign manager, Charlie Johnston.
Internet donations?? I thought no politician gave a damn about those, and they're stupid and not even worth bothering with, right trolls? (ahem)

Open Secrets has a summary of finance info on the 17th District race.

Be sure to click on the various links listed in the sidebar to the left under the headings of Summary and Geographic data and Interest Groups.

No data under these headings for Hare as yet, but some interesting data for Zinga.

The most recent filing for the Hare campaign can be viewed or downloaded on the FEC site here.
The link listing individual and PAC donors and amounts can be found here.

Zinga's most recent filing can be viewed or downloaded here.

Her individual and PAC donors (none) and amounts are listed here. (notice that Moline Alderman Mike Crotty didn't report any occupation. Under Schedule C loans to the committee, it shows Zinga loaning herself $75,000 total.)

20 Comments:

At 7/19/2006 6:43 AM, Blogger Craig said...

Intersting note: a large portion of Zinga's filing ($50,000) was a loan taken out by herself to be used in her campaign.

 
At 7/19/2006 2:30 PM, Blogger nicodemus said...

The link to Hare's FEC page doesn't seem to be working.

Wow! I am impressed he was able to raise this much in so little time. I wonder if it was from out-of-district PACS or a personal loan or what? That's big money, and for someone like Hare? -pretty impressive, I must say. How on earth did he pull that off?

How is Hare on the stump? Has anyone heard him speak? How is he? Does he come across better than what the pictures would indicate?

 
At 7/19/2006 4:07 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Nico, thanks for the catch. I've fixed the links. You can also see which PACs donated to Hare and in what amount using the links.

Hare lists receiving $1,950 from political groups and $192,800 from various PACS.

(compared to Zinga who reported zero dollars from PACS)

 
At 7/19/2006 9:24 PM, Blogger nicodemus said...

I see on Zinga's donor listing where she got a nice donation from Joe Mangieri of Galesburg. Wasn't he the same guy whom the State Democratic Party slated for State Treasurer? (but lost to Giannoulis or whatever the hell his name is?) Now is Mangieri still a Democrat or is this just payback?

When I was in RI Co last spring, I noticed that Giannoulis signs littered the landscape, which is odd for being a "machine" county. Does anyone know what's up with that?

 
At 7/19/2006 10:51 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Nico,

The former Dem candidate for state treasurer was Knox Co. District Atty. Paul Mangieri of Galesburg, (not Joe.) Whether it's some relation or not, I couldn't say.

 
At 7/20/2006 9:21 AM, Blogger politicalanimal17 said...

Hare listed $53,460 in loans. What is that all about? So he could report higher cash on hand?

 
At 7/20/2006 4:22 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Politicalanimal,

Where did you see that? There are no loans whatsoever listed in Hare's filing at the FEC.

Tell us where you're seeing that figure.

 
At 7/20/2006 6:25 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

I have heard Hare speak and he will make Andrea look like an amateur in comparison. She can't think on her feet - only read off the papers and has no imagination unless she is making fun of someone or being mean.

As to Moline Alderman Crotty, I looked over his donation and he is listing an East Moline address and no occupation. The EM address is kind of screwed up but looks to be his business? Could be his occupation is just plain old "rich guy who owns business" or something. Either way, why is he hiding his details in such an odd way?

I actually saw Mike Crotty at some Moline Democratic fundraising events when he was up for re-election in 2005 so perhaps by donating to Zinga he is making a statement that he is really "Bi-Political".

 
At 7/20/2006 6:49 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

If there's an East Moline address for Crotty, it's likely his business as you suspect.

I believe he owns a metal plating business which I used to make delieveries to. Going in the building was like walking through the gates of hell at the time.

It was dark, every square inch covered with thick black dust, and with bubbling vats of intensely caustic chemicals which gave off fumes which would curl your hair.

And the workers looked like coal miners from the 1800s, literally black from head to toe, and working in heat which had to be over 100 degrees.

I'm sure he benefits from not having too close of attention from the EPA and this may explain his party affiliation.

This also applies to former R.I. County Republican chair Bill Getz, who runs a foundry right smack dab in the middle of a residential area in Moline. Foundries aren't known as a "clean" industry, needless to say, and to even think of locating such a plant in a residential neighborhood today would be impossible.

 
At 7/21/2006 8:24 AM, Blogger politicalanimal17 said...

Sorry Dope, I meant debts, not loans. And here's the info.

Committee: FRIENDS OF PHIL HARE

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Name Address
Line Number Amount This Period Nature of Debt Text
Amanda York 2411 18th Ave
# B
Moline, Illinois 612654118 10 648.00 ID Phone Banking for primary 144hrs

Andy Waeyaert 3204 39th St
Moline, Illinois 612657806 10 648.00 ID Phone Banking for primary 144hrs

Becky Hare 3805 44th St
Rock Island, Illinois 612017124 10 675.00 ID Phone Banking for Primary 150hrs

Becky Hare 3805 44th St
Rock Island, Illinois 612017124 10 285.00 US Cellular Reimb. Apr.-June

Cecilia O'Brien 624 10th St
Moline, Illinois 612651277 10 648.00 ID Phone Banking for Primary 144hrs

Derek Jones 11608 25th St W
Milan, Illinois 612644502 10 810.00 ID Phone Banking for Primary 180hrs

Doug Small 5111 25th Avenue Ct
Apt 4
Moline, Illinois 612655084 10 4050.00 Salary April - June Primary

Doug Small 5111 25th Avenue Ct
Apt 4
Moline, Illinois 612655084 10 1206.14 Milage April - June Primary

Doug Small 5111 25th Avenue Ct
Apt 4
Moline, Illinois 612655084 10 675.00 ID Phone Banking for primary 150hrs

Douglas House 1724 85th Ave W
Rock Island, Illinois 612017626 10 972.00 ID Phone Banking for Primary 216hrs

Jon Maxson 3202 1/2 9th Ave
Rock Island, Illinois 61201 10 540.00 ID Phone Banking for Primary 120hrs

Michael Ramos 1105 1st Ave. Apt #1
Silvis, Illinois 61282 10 648.00 ID Phone Banking for Primary 144hrs

NGP Software Inc. 5505 Connecticut Ave NW
# 277
Washington, DC 200152601 10 6850.00 Campaign Software

Pat O'Brien 624 10th St
Moline, Illinois 612651277 10 972.00 ID Phone Banking for Primary 216hrs

Pat O'Brien 624 10th St
Moline, Illinois 612651277 10 3200.00 Consulting April - June primary

Phil Hare PO Box 4183
Rock Island, Illinois 612044183 10 3437.97 Milage April - June Priamry

Political Develpoment Group 499 S Capitol St SW
Washington, DC 200034047 10 9000.00 Fundraising Cost April May June

Randy Wlaskolich 2528 58th Ave W
Milan, Illinois 612642050 10 972.00 ID Phon Banking for Primary 216 hrs

Review Printing Company 311 21st St
Mike Goodknight
Rock Island, Illinois 612018813 10 6201.55 Printing Cost Candidate cards Signs

Rory Combs Graphic Design 3568 13th St
Moline, Illinois 612657140 10 264.00 Design Letter head signs etc

Teresa Kurtenbach 4711 28th Ave
Moline, Illinois 612655611 10 8100.00 Consulting Fee April - June Primary

Teresa Kurtenbach 4711 28th Ave
Moline, Illinois 612655611 10 1159.03 Milage April - June Primary

Verizon Wireless PO Box 630022
Dallas, Texas 752630022 10 1498.40 Phones for Campaign workers




--------------------------------------------------------------------------------



Total Debts This Period = 53460.09

 
At 7/21/2006 9:29 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Ah yes. Debts.
I did notice this section and found it quite interesting.

I was baffled by your mention of loans.

 
At 7/21/2006 9:34 AM, Blogger politicalanimal17 said...

Also, note that Zinga's 25K is not a factor in her 192K in contributions. If you include it, her total receipts are 217K.

the 50K was last election cycle.

 
At 7/21/2006 9:35 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Ah yes. Debts.
I did notice this section and found it quite interesting.

I was baffled by your mention of loans.

But as to your question of what this was all about and whether it was to inflate the cash on hand, that seems fairly simple.

The debts are simply people he owes or has paid for services rendered.

Debts are counted against the cash on hand, it reduces the cash on hand total, so your idea that it was "so he could report higher cash on hand" doesn't compute.

 
At 7/21/2006 9:47 AM, Blogger politicalanimal17 said...

Debts are NOT counted against cash on hand. Just disbursements. Debts and loans are not disbursements. But they sure will be eventually!!! (unless they are forgiven)
From the filing:
III. CASH SUMMARY
23. Cash On Hand At Beginning Of Reporting Period 0.00
24. Total Receipts This Period (line 16) 226799.99
25. Subtotal (23 + 24) 226799.99
26. Total Disbursements This Period (line 22) 7052.34
27. Cash On Hand At Close Of The Reporting Period (25 - 26) 219747.65

What are you smoking?

 
At 7/21/2006 10:15 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Political,
Before you jump ugly, as a rule, you should at least not be dead wrong.

I don't smoke anything, by the way, but I think maybe you should.

It might help your math.

Last I checked, 219747.65 is 7052.34 LESS than 226799.99

The 7052.34 being the amount of debts reported.

If debts aren't counted against cash on hand, then why are they deducted from the cash on hand total?

I don't give a rat's ass if they're called debts or disbursments or a cherry slush. The fact remains that they reduce the cash on hand exactly as I said.

Smoke that.

Does trying to make a distinction without a difference make you feel smart? Or were you just confused?

At any rate, thanks for posting the figures that showed you to be in error. That was nice.
It saved me having to look them up.

 
At 7/21/2006 10:53 AM, Blogger politicalanimal17 said...

$7052.34 is the amount of disbursements reported. That is, checks that were written by the Hare campaign.

$53,460.09 is the amount of debts reported. I posted this above, all itemized.

Why is this so hard for you?

 
At 7/21/2006 5:47 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

My apologies. I was under the impression that the $7052.34 was the amount of debts and obligations.

I stand corrected.

 
At 7/21/2006 10:02 PM, Blogger demgorilla said...

Phil Hare raising what he did in three weeks, when it took Andrea Zinga six month, is amazing. The Hare is off to a very quick start, which should help build momentum.

 
At 7/22/2006 5:11 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

I'm sure that's hoped for.

But I simply can't resist the obvious parallels of your comment with the fable of the tortoise and the hare.

The Hare jumped out to such a huge lead that he decided to stop and take a nap, and well, you know the rest.

 
At 7/27/2006 8:23 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Dope I find your info on Crotty quite interesting....considering the fact that the guy is rabidly anti-union and pro-business and has made no secret of his feelings in public.

So the folks that work for him must be totally desperate to stay in such conditions and not do something about it don't you think?

As to Getz and company...they had a write up recently and all the reporter focused on was the sheep that used to stay in the yard and "mow" the grass and how the benevolent Getz boys paid the workers when the plant flooded years ago.

Maybe that was used as an anti-union tack too -- try to pretend you are doing all you can for the "little people".

ANyway, sorry to get off track but thanks for sharing the details Dope.

 

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