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December 22, 2009

Campaign Finance Activity – City Council 2009 (Jan 1 to Dec 31)

Filed under: 2009 Election,campaign finance,Uncategorized — Tags: , — Robert Winters @ 10:55 am

Campaign Finance Activity - 2009 City Council (as of Dec 31)

$/#1 vote
$ from
Adkins, Lawrence$34.93$495.00$92.40$437.5312/31/2009103$0.90100%
Cheung, Leland$0.00$7706.85$6445.46$1261.3912/31/2009756$8.5374%$5000 repaid loan
Davis, Henrietta$11185.16$51854.20$62517.68$521.6812/31/20091858$33.6590%
Decker, Marjorie$1867.27$73067.87$72705.44$2229.7012/31/20091285$56.5824%
Flanagan, Mark$0.00$140.35$140.35$0.0012/31/2009112$1.25100%
Glick, Silvia$0.00$10466.22$10184.13$282.0912/31/2009256$39.7895%$2000 repaid loan
Kelley, Craig$6465.86$11635.72$9006.41$9095.1712/31/20091250$7.2188%
Leavitt, Neal$0.00$2906.17$2570.26$335.9112/31/2009136$18.9079%
Maher, David$12827.62$38271.50$37381.60$13717.5212/31/20091286$29.0754%
Marquardt, Charles$0.00$34409.40$31449.90$2959.5012/31/2009385$81.6992%
Moree, Gregg J.$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.0012/31/200947$0.00
Podgers, Kathy$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.0012/31/200978$0.00
Reeves, Ken$6401.11$54826.34$58743.04$2484.4112/31/20091166$50.3828%
Seidel, Sam$775.16$24990.25$22988.73$2776.6812/31/2009900$25.5456%
Simmons, Denise$8689.90$34475.78$42062.94$1102.7412/31/20091785$23.5651%
Stohlman, Tom$0.00$5525.00$2646.76$2878.2412/31/2009378$7.00100%
Sullivan, Edward J.$3950.24$25100.00$28313.15$737.0912/31/2009885$31.9937%
Toomey, Tim$34043.27$37974.15$52680.13$9337.2912/31/20091748$33.0045%$5000 repaid loan
vanBeuzekom, Minka$0.00$18576.81$15561.56$3015.2512/31/2009682$22.8276%
Ward, Larry$132.86$16933.34$16595.78$470.4212/31/2009736$22.5578%
Williamson, James$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.0012/31/200990$0.00

Click on a column title to sort by that field. Click again to toggle between ascending and descending order.

A detailed current summary is available at

All information derived from the campaign finance reports at the OCPF website.

Information on all City Council and School Committee candidates may be found at the Cambridge Candidate Pages.


  1. It would be interesting to see the total under each column. We could easily see how much is collected and spent in Cambridge each election.

    Comment by J Chase — November 5, 2009 @ 11:49 pm

  2. Hi Robert, your website is fascinating and much needed. There is info here that, unfortunately, is not on the Cambridge website. I was wondering if you could help me some of the numbers. In the campaign expenditures section, I noticed that some candidates ran up deficits. Does this mean there are city councilors who owe money?

    Thanks for your time.

    Comment by Marynia Mackiewicz — December 3, 2009 @ 4:27 pm

  3. I don’t see any deficits in the campaign finance numbers. Most incumbents started the year with a balance and though they may have spent more than they raised during this calendar year, they all still carry a positive balance in the campaign accounts. Since these are depository accounts administered by their bank, there is really no other option.

    That said, some of the campaigns still have unpaid bills. For the most part, these will be paid by the end of the year. However, the year-end reports will show any remaining liabilities, including both an accounting of the money loaned by candidates to their campaign (which they may want back or one day “forgive”) as well as any remaining unpaid bills. Perhaps the most curious aspect of the liabilities is that some candidates (Marjorie Decker in particular) show significant unpaid bills that remain unpaid for years. In her case, she had $16,142.60 in unpaid bills at the end of 2008, most of which was owed to Cambridge Offset Printing dating back several years. There does come a point where one has to question whether this is an unpaid bill or an (illegal) in-kind donation far in excess of the $500 annual limit.

    Comment by Robert Winters — December 5, 2009 @ 11:29 am

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