Cambridge Civic Journal Forum

January 19, 2014

Campaign Finance – 2013 Cambridge City Council candidates

Filed under: 2013 Election,campaign finance,City Council — Tags: , — Robert Winters @ 12:30 pm

The campaign finance reports are continuing to tell a story about which candidates made serious runs for a seat on the Cambridge City Council, how costly their campaigns were, and how effective their expenditures proved to be. Here are the figures from January 2013 through the latest (Jan 15, 2014) reports:

Summaries
Start
End
Open
Receipts
Expend
Balance
#1 Votes
$/Vote
Notes
Benzan, Dennis16-Jan-1315-Jan-14$0.00$55966.06$55975.79-$9.731302$42.99$2000 refunded donation subtracted
Carlone, Dennis1-Aug-1315-Jan-14$0.00$42037.95$34573.79$7464.161151$30.04includes late $10,000 candidate loan (Dec 2013)
Cheung, Leland1-Jan-1315-Jan-14$7016.78$50586.80$37041.34$20562.242392$15.49$800 overpayment deducted
House, Janneke1-Jun-1315-Jan-14$0.00$13518.97$13518.97$0.00411$32.89$1132.76 reimbursed candidate loan subtracted
Kelley, Craig1-Jan-1331-Dec-13$5262.08$11411.80$4554.14$3119.741093$4.17$9,000 candidate loan reimbursement subtracted
Lee, James1-Aug-1315-Nov-13$0.00$1207.42$1207.42$0.0092$13.12$1,149.64 loan reimbursed subtracted
Leslie, Logan16-Jan-1315-Jan-14$0.00$24659.52$24650.40$9.12505$48.81
Maher, David1-Jan-1315-Jan-14$19131.76$50678.68$61882.07$7928.371460$42.38
Mazen, Nadeem1-May-1315-Jan-14$0.00$32886.89$32324.15$562.74984$32.85$100 refunded donation subtracted; cost of school bus not in reports
McGovern, Marc16-Feb-1315-Jan-14$0.00$43543.09$42273.91$1269.181189$35.55$1,903.58 School Committee balance included in receipts
Mello, Gary1-Aug-1315-Dec-13$0.00$549.99$549.99$0.00107$5.14
Mirza, Mushtaque16-Aug-1315-Jan-14$0.00$20083.00$20083.00$0.00284$70.71
Moree, Gregg J. 1-Feb-1315-Jan-14$0.00$3850.00$3896.46-$46.4638$102.54account overdrawn
Peden, Ron2-Aug-1329-Aug-13$0.00$500.00$500.00$0.0050no depository reports
Phillips, Lesley16-Aug-1315-Jan-14$0.00$3494.50$3383.83$110.6783$40.77$1267.31 from previous campaign account not recorded, $500 loan subtracted
Reeves, Ken1-Jan-1315-Jan-14$16034.27$56061.67$65166.83$6929.11932$69.92Only $1,000 campaign hdqtrs. rent to 3MJ Realty recorded
Seidel, Sam1-Jan-1315-Jan-14$253.96$21527.24$20168.70$1612.50700$28.81
Simmons, Denise1-Jan-1331-Dec-13
$7625.65$36933.28$43086.07$1472.861183$36.42
Smith, Jefferson1-May-1315-Jan-14$0.00$37639.46$34500.95$3138.51579$59.59
Toomey, Tim1-Jan-1331-Dec-13$6035.62$41083.77$36840.00$8779.391459$25.25$1500 loan reimbursement subtracted from expanses, balance
vanBeuzekom, Minka 1-Jan-1315-Jan-14$5201.71$31737.17$32246.07$4692.81874$36.89$8,007.68 bank transfer included in expenditures
Vasquez, Luis16-May-1331-Dec-13$0.00$2387.33$2387.33$0.00264$9.04
von Hoffmann, Kristen16-Feb-1331-Dec-13$0.00$16919.17$16919.17$0.00421$40.19$109.67 reimbursed loan subtracted
Williamson, James1-Jan-1331-Dec-13$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.0074no reports on record
Yarden, Elie2-Aug-1331-Dec-13$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00102no reports on record

The table can be sorted by category in ascending or descending order by clicking on the category name in the top row.

The Dollars Per Vote information will continue to rise as outstanding bills are paid. In addition, some reimbursed candidate loans have been subtracted in order to give a more accurate picture of actual expenses.

All 2013 Campaign Finance Report Summaries (PDF) – last updated Jan 19, 2014
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You can also look up these periodic reports yourself at the OCPF website.

This post and the table will be updated periodically.

Cambridge Candidate Pages – 2013

5 Comments

  1. Its a strange sensation to be excited yet bored out of one’s mind at this stuff. I have to give a big “ho hum” to what I’ve seen and heard from candidates either incumbent or contending.

    Comment by Patrick Barrett — June 27, 2013 @ 3:52 pm

  2. As of July 15, the biggest campaign balances are:
    Benzan $22,014.05
    Reeves $17,274.14
    Simmons $16,630.63
    This promises to be quite a battle.

    Comment by Robert Winters — July 19, 2013 @ 12:49 am

  3. The mid-August bank reports show that David Maher received $25,260 in campaign donations during the first half of August. This catapults him into the lead with a current campaign balance of $38,253.52. The next closest is Denise Simmons with $16,277.28.

    Dennis Benzan leads with $38,065.06 in receipts. Ken Reeves leads with $28,542.94 in expenditures so far this year.

    Comment by Robert Winters — August 19, 2013 @ 10:57 pm

  4. Note: The Reeves campaign just recorded $14,349.32 in recent receipts (last half of September). None of these are itemized yet, but this should be interesting if and when that happens. There’s still no record of the donated campaign headquarters at Norfolk St. and Mass. Ave. (shared with the Harding campaign). If rent was required it would certainly be thousands of dollars per month. This is significant because the law puts a $500 per year cap on campaign donations from any individual.

    As of the end of September:
    Dennis Benzan is the current leader in receipts with $45390.06.
    Reeves leads with $42145.16 in expenses.
    David Maher has the greatest account balance with $31950.74.

    Comment by Robert Winters — October 5, 2013 @ 12:43 pm

  5. Partial results at the end of October:
    Ken Reeves leads with $52,239.32 in receipts. Dennis Benzan is next with $50,936.06.
    Ken Reeves leads with $62,143.54 in expenses. Dennis Banzan is next with $48,029.59.
    David Maher has the greatest account balance with $22,309.07.
    Total receipts so far is $472,090.61. Total expenditures so far is $388,238.41

    Comment by Robert Winters — November 5, 2013 @ 12:35 am

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