Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Fans Await D2

The band is called U2; the disclosure report is the D-2. The band will be playing Chicago in May, but the reports must be filed by next Monday. A handful of candidates in hotly contested races have already posted theirs. Here’re some summaries:

Citizens for Susan Garrett reported $254,229 in receipts, $40,707 in-kind, and $331,664 in expenditures. $90K of her funds came from the Senate Dems. This was expected to be a top tier race, at least until the Keyes nomination. Her opponent, Daniel Bryant, has not filed yet.

Citizens for Michelle Bromberg reported $190,466 in receipts, $216,104 in-kind, and $217,999 in expenditures. Over half of the receipts, and nearly all of the in-kinds, came from DPI. This was a top tier race; Bromberg lost to incumbent Elizabeth Coulson by over 4,000 votes. Coulson hasn’t filed yet.

Citizens for Frank Aguilar reported $30,690 in receipts, $1,207 in-kind, and $30,979 in expenditures. This was not a hotly contested race in the traditional sense of the word; his opponent never formed a fundraising committee (nor, according to news reports, did she actively campaign for the office). Still, Rep. Aguilar lost to Michelle Chavez in a close election.

John Sullivan for State Senate reported $719,059 in receipts, $151,265 in-kind, and $684,851 in expenditures. $383K of the receipts came from the Senate Dems; the in-kinds came from the Senate Dems, the AFL and the IFT. This was a top tier race; challenger Tom Ernst has not filed yet, but this race is likely one of the most expensive Senate contests of 2004.

Former state Sen. William Marovitz, husband of Playboy CEO Christie Hefner, has finaled out his committee, Citizens for Marovitz. The committee was in hot water with the State Board of Elections for failing to file disclosure reports in a timely manner; disciplinary action dragged out for most of 2004. But in December, Marovitz agreed to pay $3,300 in fines. He then paid off some debts and pocketed $65,000 for himself before closing the fund.

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