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October 18, 2019

2019 Cambridge City Council Campaign Bank Reports

The following table shows the summary bank reports for 2019 Cambridge City Council candidates and active local political action committees involved in the municipal election. These reports are updated at the middle and at the end of every month. You can sort by any of the fields shown by clicking on the field name – one click ascending and second click descending.

CandidateFromToStartReceiptsExpendBalanceAs OfNotes
PAC - ABC05/16/1810/15/190.0019509.0910626.498882.6010/16/19A Better Cambridge
PAC - CCC10/01/1910/15/190.008855.005654.153200.8510/18/19Cambridge Citizens Coalition
PAC - CResA07/15/1910/15/190.001204.250.001204.2510/16/19Cambridge Residents Alliance
PAC - Cambr. Bike Safety07/15/1907/15/190.000.000.000.0007/15/19Cambridge Bike Safety
PAC - Our Revolution Cambridge10/09/1910/09/190.000.000.000.0010/09/19filed 10/9/19 w/OCPF
Akiba, Sukia07/16/1910/15/190.003000.031112.141887.8910/17/19
Azeem, Burhan05/01/1910/15/190.0011475.638724.092751.5410/17/19new candidate, May 7
Carlone, Dennis02/01/1810/15/1910088.5824352.3314678.9619761.9510/18/19
Franklin, Charles03/05/1910/15/190.0023700.3717854.465845.9110/16/19new candidate, Mar 5
Kelley, Craig02/01/1810/15/194951.6524349.6818113.4811187.8510/17/19
Kopon, Derek07/01/1910/15/190.002808.341905.83902.5110/18/19new candidate, July 2
Levy, Ilan02/01/1810/15/19-44.32546.05401.9199.8210/16/19
Mallon, Alanna02/01/1810/15/195380.4536321.2524348.7117352.9910/17/19refund deducted
McGovern, Marc02/01/1810/15/196376.1788669.7271664.6123381.2810/16/19$600 refund deducted
McNary, Jeffery08/02/1910/15/190.000.000.000.0010/15/19will not raise/expend funds
Mednick, Risa07/16/1910/15/190.0013501.4910097.273404.2210/16/19new candidate, July 15
Moree, Gregg08/01/1910/15/190.001500.001427.1072.9010/18/19
Musgrave, Adriane02/01/1810/15/19474.6735690.0713631.9622532.7810/17/19
Nolan, Patty07/01/1910/15/190.0016652.033564.8713087.1610/16/19new candidate, June 11
Pitkin, John06/16/1910/15/190.009468.432218.337250.1010/16/19new candidate, July 17
Siddiqui, Sumbul02/01/1810/15/199334.0530183.3114852.3924664.9710/16/19
Simmons, Denise02/01/1810/15/197595.5038957.1023125.9423426.6610/16/19
Simon, Ben03/16/1910/15/190.0011457.336837.404619.9310/16/19new candidate, Apr 2
Sobrinho-Wheeler, Jivan C.03/11/1910/15/190.0017559.4812998.624560.8610/16/19new candidate, Mar 11
Toomey, Tim02/01/1810/15/1910024.4938500.8836320.4512204.9210/16/19$15,000 repaid loan deducted
Williams, Nicola A.03/12/1910/15/190.0022989.3821278.571710.8110/16/19new candidate, Mar 12
Zondervan, Quinton02/01/1810/15/191279.6633725.9327802.697202.9010/16/19
Summaries of potential 2019 City Council campaign bank reports. Adjustments to the totals have been made to reflect returned donations and other factors. [updated Oct 18, 2019 at 7:15pm]

Campaign Finance Reports – 2019 City Council (updated Oct 18, 7:15pm)

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October 16, 2019

Cambridge InsideOut Episodes 425-426: October 15, 2019

Episode 425 – Cambridge InsideOut: Oct 15, 2019 (Part 1)

This episode was broadcast on Oct 15, 2019 at 5:30pm. Topics: Candidate slates and election outlook; a look at municipal elections over the years; CCA history; Flotsam & Jetsam. Hosts: Judy Nathans, Robert Winters [On YouTube] [audio]


Episode 426 – Cambridge InsideOut: Oct 15, 2019 (Part 2)

This episode was broadcast on Oct 15, 2019 at 6:00pm. Topics: Slates, candidate forums, strategies, campaign spending, “developer money”; Ranked Choice Voting; MIT, energy; Opening King Open. Hosts: Judy Nathans, Robert Winters [On YouTube] [audio]

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October 14, 2019

Follow the Money – Cambridge City Council Campaign Receipts 2019

Filed under: 2019 election,Cambridge,campaign finance,City Council — Tags: , , , — Robert Winters @ 10:35 pm

Why do labor unions pour so much money into City Council campaign coffers?

Money![Originally posted Aug 15, updated periodically] – One thing I have always found puzzling is the amount of money donated to the campaign accounts of incumbent city councillors. I suppose this could be interpreted as financial support for those who have supported unions in their noble quest for better wages, benefits, and working conditions, but the fact is that all incumbents and challengers appear to share this sentiment. So perhaps it’s something different. There is a longstanding pattern of labor representatives being recruited by some of the larger real estate developers to speak in favor of new development – supposedly because of the jobs involved, but that always struck me as too simplistic. Many of the people who control the funds of these political action committees are, to say the least, politically connected.

There’s also the matter of political contributions from people tied to real estate development. This is always difficult to evaluate because of the simple fact that it’s very difficult, if not impossible, to determine motive. There are people who have been generous charitable contributors for ages who also happen to own and/or develop Cambridge real estate. Are their contributions related to their real estate interests or not?

Of course, there’s also the matter of whether or not contributions come from Cambridge residents. It’s not always easy to draw conclusions from this – primarily because some candidates have family and friends scattered across the rest of the state and the country.

Here’s a revised account of the (a) Cambridge contributions, (b) union contributions, (c) real estate contributions (as best as I could discern), and (d) total of union and real estate money contributed over this election cycle starting from Feb 1, 2018 through the latest data available for all City Council candidates (notes: – receipts include loans from candidates to their campaigns; refunds deducted if clearly a refund):

Table of reported City Council campaign receipts (Feb 1, 2018 - present) - Total, Cambridge, Unions, Real Estate - updated Oct 20, 9:49pm
Candidate (and PACs)ReceiptsCambridgePctunionsPctReal EstatePctunions+REPct
Total $511,694.10 $318,021.3562.2% $35,100.006.9% $46,880.009.2% $81,980.0016.0%
McGovern, Marc C. $90,036.21 $40,413.0044.9% $ 11,550.0012.8% $26,000.0028.9% $37,550.0041.7%
Toomey, Timothy J., Jr. $48,625.76 $26,253.0354.0% $4,100.008.4% $10,750.0022.1% $14,850.0030.5%
Simmons, E. Denise $39,006.00 $21,551.0055.3% $5,200.0013.3% $5,700.0014.6% $10,900.0027.9%
Mallon, Alanna $36,990.25 $25,622.2569.3% $5,250.0014.2% $1,400.003.8% $6,650.0018.0%
Siddiqui, Sumbul $30,064.68 $18,186.6860.5% $4,250.0014.1% $350.001.2% $4,600.0015.3%
Kelley, Craig A. $24,999.00 $19,117.0076.5% $2,000.008.0% $150.000.6% $2,150.008.6%
Musgrave, Adriane $36,778.35 $18,719.3550.9% $1,500.004.1% $600.001.6% $2,100.005.7%
ABC - PAC $21,494.26 $17,875.2383.2% $ -0.0% $1,595.007.4% $1,595.007.4%
Carlone, Dennis $21,640.00 $16,400.0075.8% $ 500.002.3% $ 250.001.2% $ 750.003.5%
Mednick, Risa $13,294.00 $9,436.0071.0% $ 500.003.8% $ - 0.0% $500.003.8%
Azeem, Burhan $9,004.35 $7,684.3585.3% $250.002.8% $35.000.4% $285.003.2%
Williams, Nicola A. $23,118.59 $17,154.7274.2% $ -0.0% $ 50.000.2%$ 50.000.2%
Akiba, Sukia $ - $ -- $ -- $ -- $ --
CCC - PAC $ - $ -- $ - $ -- $ --
CResA - PAC $1,350.00 $1,350.00100.0% $ -0.0% $ -0.0% $ -0.0%
Franklin, Charles $24,663.55 $14,858.5560.2% $ -0.0% $ - 0.0% $ - 0.0%
Kopon, Derek Andrew $ 2,810.00 $ 2,500.0089.0% $ -0.0% $ - 0.0% $ - 0.0%
Levy, Ilan S. $ 450.00 $ 450.00100.0% $ -0.0% $ - 0.0% $ - 0.0%
McNary, Jeffery $ - $ - - $ -- $ - - $ - -
Moree, Gregg J. $ 1,500.00 $ 1,500.00100.0% $ -0.0% $ - 0.0% $ - 0.0%
Nolan, Patricia M. $14,350.00 $8,930.0062.2% $ -0.0% $ - 0.0% $ - 0.0%
ORC - PAC $1,942.00 $1,842.0094.9% $ -0.0% $ -0.0% $ -0.0%
Pitkin, John $10,797.00 $10,047.0093.1% $ -0.0% $ - 0.0% $ - 0.0%
Simon, Ben $11,316.33 $6,000.0053.0% $ -0.0% $ - 0.0% $ - 0.0%
Sobrinho-Wheeler, Jivan $17,846.77 $11,739.1965.8% $ -0.0% $ - 0.0% $ - 0.0%
Zondervan, Quinton $29,617.00 $20,392.0068.9% $ -0.0% $ - 0.0% $ - 0.0%

October 12, 2019

Cambridge InsideOut Episodes 423-424: Oct 8, 2019

Episode 423 – Cambridge InsideOut: Oct 8, 2019 (Part 1)

This episode was broadcast on Oct 8, 2019 at 5:30pm. Topics: Tax rate hearing; property tax classification; residential exemption; tax levy; Harvard Square Zoning Petition; and more. Hosts: Judy Nathans, Robert Winters [On YouTube] [audio]


Episode 424 – Cambridge InsideOut: Oct 8, 2019 (Part 2)

This episode was broadcast on Oct 8, 2019 at 6:00pm. Topics: Energy (gas & electric) infrastructure and City Council proposals; other topics from Oct 7 Council meeting. Hosts: Judy Nathans, Robert Winters [On YouTube] [audio]

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October 1, 2019

Cambridge InsideOut Episodes 421-422: Oct 1, 2019

Episode 421 – Cambridge InsideOut: Oct 1, 2019 (Part 1)

This episode was broadcast on Oct 1, 2019 at 5:30pm. Topics: Candidate slates; political action committees; DigBoston Dirty Politics; ABC, CResA, ORC, CCC; reemergence of single-issue politics; independent candidates; future Council – Practical Solutions or Pointless Revolution. Hosts: Judy Nathans, Robert Winters [On YouTube] [audio]


Episode 422 – Cambridge InsideOut: Oct 1, 2019 (Part 2)

This episode was broadcast on Oct 1, 2019 at 6:00pm. Topics: School Committee election; Candidate Forums; slate politics; SNL; pending zoning matters – Karp, Article 19, Northwest Alewife Quadrangle, and Barrett Times Three. Hosts: Judy Nathans, Robert Winters [On YouTube] [audio]

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September 24, 2019

Cambridge InsideOut Episodes 419-420: Sept 24, 2019

Episode 419 – Cambridge InsideOut: Sept 24, 2019 (Part 1)

This episode was broadcast on Sept 24, 2019 at 5:30pm. Topics: Bow Tie Ride; supervoters; First St. Garage/Courthouse resolution; Cannabis Business Ordinance approved; beer gardens in City parks. Hosts: Judy Nathans, Robert Winters [On YouTube] [audio]


Episode 420 – Cambridge InsideOut: Sept 24, 2019 (Part 2)

This episode was broadcast on Sept 24, 2019 at 6:00pm. Topics: Road ahead for bike lanes on Mass. Ave.; resources to find out about candidates; Candidate Pages, CCTV videos, forums; sage advice; Follow the Money; campaign propaganda. Hosts: Judy Nathans, Robert Winters [On YouTube] [audio]

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September 17, 2019

Cambridge InsideOut Episodes 417-418: Sept 17, 2019

Episode 417 – Cambridge InsideOut: Sept 17, 2019 (Part 1)

This episode was broadcast on Sept 17, 2019 at 5:30pm. Topics: Sept 16 Council meeting (Part 1) – Cannabis, First Street Garage, Lobbying via Direct Mail, zoning history, changing nature of the city, New Street zoning failure. Hosts: Judy Nathans, Robert Winters [On YouTube] [audio]


Episode 418 – Cambridge InsideOut: Sept 17, 2019 (Part 2)

This episode was broadcast on Sept 17, 2019 at 6:00pm. Topics: Sept 16 Council meeting (Part 2) – UpperWest pandering and Charter ignorance, evolution of License Commission practices, Municipal Broadband feasibility and shelf life, candidate forums and endorsements, CDD policy failures. Hosts: Judy Nathans, Robert Winters [On YouTube] [audio]

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August 13, 2019

Cambridge InsideOut Episodes 413-414: Aug 13, 2019

Episode 413 – Cambridge InsideOut: Aug 13, 2019 (Part 1) – w/Patrick Barrett

This episode was broadcast on Aug 13, 2019 at 5:30pm. Topics: Central Square (of course); Overlay continued; Courthouse politics; zoning for a purpose. Hosts: Robert Winters, Patrick Barrett [On YouTube] [audio]


Episode 414 – Cambridge InsideOut: Aug 13, 2019 (Part 2) – w/Patrick Barrett

This episode was broadcast on Aug 13, 2019 at 6:00pm. Topics: Creative zoning for Squares and mixed use districts; thoughts on this year’s municipal elections and lack of civic infrastructure. Hosts: Robert Winters, Patrick Barrett [On YouTube] [audio]

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