The campaign finance reports for the St Paul Mayoral race were due today at 12:00 pm. As of this report, we are posting the information available from the Ramsey County Election’s website. We were on-hand at the office right before it closed and this is the only information available at this moment.
Both former City Council member (Ward Three) Pat Harris campaign and the former City Council member (Ward One) Melvin Carter III raised over $200K. Harris raised $286,957.55, spent $168,310.73 and has $119,296.82 on hand. Carter raised $264,643.06, spent $212,000.09 and has $52,642.97 on hand.
One interesting feature of the Harris report is the lack of due diligence. In many instances, there is obvious information lacking from contributors. Many times, the report fails to list the occupation of the contributor and instead says “Best Efforts.” Now it seems someone on the campaign should know the occupation of Mike Harris, brother of candidate Harris and not list Best Efforts. Also, anyone in St Paul knows Bruce Larsen “the Kaiser” now deceased, who was written up in the Pioneer Press as the owner of Equity Services of St Paul. Additionally, the second contribution from former Council Member Dave Thune should have the same information as the first contribution and not list Best Efforts. Joel Carlson is a Lobbyist and a quick Google search will bring up his Campaign Finance registration, they do have the number, it’s clear he is self-employed, but if it is hard to figure out there is a phone number to call. This It is just sloppy work.
We have listed the amounts available for the top two candidate tiers. We will update the list as information becomes available.
Melvin Carter III
Contributions 8-week report $112,273.06
Contributions totals to date $264,643.06
Account balance $52,642.97
Contributions 8-week report $9,899.96
Contributions totals to date $12,813.96
Account balance $7,668.76
Contributions 8-week report $13,065.40
Contributions totals to date $19,953,93
Account balance $4559,91
Contributions 8-week report $233,057.55
Contributions totals to date $286,957.55
Account balance $119,296.82
Contributions 8-week report $142,596.78
Contributions totals to date $171,541.77
Account balance $97,462.67
Tim Holden (Report Unavailable)
Contributions 8-week report ???
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