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February 9, 2020

Cambridge School Committee 2019 campaign finance reports (and $/vote)

The totals from the 2019 campaign finance reports for Cambridge School Committee candidates are provided in the table below. This table will be updated when the remaining candidates file their year-end reports (which were due Jan 20, 2020).
The table can be sorted by clicking on any field – once for increasing order and again for decreasing order.

CandidateFromToStartReceiptsExpendBalanceLiabilities #1 Votes$/Vote
Allen, Ruth Ryan8/9/1910/18/19$0.00$9,397.00$3,264.85$6,132.15$1,078.92year end report missing892$3.66
Bowman, Mannika1/1/1910/25/19$3,145.07$11,892.00$11,469.80$3,567.27$0.00year end report missing3107$3.69
Dawson, Bernette6/11/1912/31/19$0.00$4,793.00$4,121.82$671.18$0.00complete977$4.22
Dexter, Emily1/1/1912/31/19$0.00$3,710.01$3,710.01$0.00$6,350.54complete3003$1.24
Fantini, Fred1/1/1912/31/19$4,184.01$9,540.00$8,682.78$5,041.23$14,695.99complete2660$3.26
Kadete, Elechi1/1/1910/28/19$51.40$3,038.62$1,547.60$1,542.42$0.00year end report missing815$1.90
Lim, Christopher1/1/1910/18/19$0.00$3,025.00$2,883.57$141.43$0.00year end report missing934$3.09
Rojas Villarreal, Jose Luis1/1/1912/31/19$0.00$1,584.99$1,068.18$516.81$0.00complete1133$0.94
Weinstein, David1/1/1912/31/19$510.77$13,056.18$9,476.18$4,090.77$15,707.99complete974$9.73
Weinstein, Rachel11/8/1712/31/19$0.00$32,438.07$26,646.39$5,791.68$5,232.63complete2178$12.23
Wilson, Ayesha11/8/1712/31/19$0.00$13,135.00$11,045.64$2,089.36$400.00complete2689$4.11

February 7, 2020

2019 Cambridge City Council Campaign Bank Reports (and $/Vote) – FINAL

The following table shows the summary bank reports (Feb 2018 through Jan 2020) for 2019 Cambridge City Council candidates and active local political action committees involved in the 2019 municipal election. These reports were 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. #1 Votes and $/Vote fields were added after the election and will now be updated only if significant new bills are paid. The table is now closed with all reports through Jan 31, 2020 recorded. There will be no further updates for this campaign cycle other than corrections (which are not likely).

CandidateFromToStartReceiptsExpendBalanceAs Of#1 Votes$/VoteNotes
PAC - ABC05/16/1801/31/200.0021436.4119384.532051.8802/03/20--A Better Cambridge
PAC - CCC10/01/1901/31/200.0017891.2312748.415142.8202/05/20--Cambridge Citizens Coalition, $300 refund deducted
PAC - CResA07/15/1901/31/200.003166.772710.61456.1602/03/20--Cambridge Residents Alliance
PAC - Cambr. Bike Safety07/15/1907/15/190.000.000.000.0007/15/19--Cambridge Bike Safety
PAC - Our Revolution Cambridge10/01/1901/31/200.001427.001367.0060.0002/03/20--filed 10/9/19 w/OCPF
Akiba, Sukia07/16/1901/31/200.003450.032820.03630.0002/04/20362 $7.79
Azeem, Burhan05/01/1901/31/200.0013914.0513860.3753.6802/04/20961 $14.42$550 candidate loan deducted
Carlone, Dennis02/01/1801/31/2010088.5833141.6335999.177231.0402/03/201479 $24.34
Franklin, Charles03/05/1901/31/200.0033326.6031624.441702.1602/03/20323 $97.91new candidate, Mar 5
Kelley, Craig02/01/1801/31/204951.6539413.2030665.7013699.1502/03/201422 $21.57
Kopon, Derek07/01/1901/31/200.009716.729716.720.0001/11/20493 $19.71no longer raising/spending funds
Levy, Ilan02/01/1801/31/20-44.32650.51551.4154.7802/03/20110 $5.01
Mallon, Alanna02/01/1801/31/205380.4541744.7642180.484944.7302/05/201256 $33.58refund deducted
McGovern, Marc02/01/1801/31/206376.17105310.08100330.2311356.0202/05/201621 $61.89$600 refund deducted
McNary, Jeffery08/02/1901/31/200.000.000.000.0002/03/2077 $0.00will not raise/expend funds
Mednick, Risa07/16/1901/31/200.0019618.9916171.283447.7102/03/20244 $66.28new candidate, July 15
Moree, Gregg08/01/1912/31/190.001500.001500.000.0001/03/2047 $31.91ceased reporting
Musgrave, Adriane02/01/1801/31/20474.6741091.1936864.404701.4602/05/20726 $50.78
Nolan, Patty07/01/1901/31/200.0023587.0216731.696855.3302/03/201685 $9.93new candidate, June 11
Pitkin, John06/16/1901/31/200.0014304.6813396.95907.7302/03/20536 $24.99new candidate, July 17
Siddiqui, Sumbul02/01/1801/31/209334.0533624.2827639.3415318.9902/03/202516 $10.99
Simmons, Denise02/01/1801/31/207595.5063834.3362767.508662.3302/03/202007 $31.27
Simon, Ben03/16/1901/31/200.0012456.3711275.411180.9602/03/20294 $38.35new candidate, Apr 2
Sobrinho-Wheeler, Jivan03/11/1901/31/200.0027478.1325660.241817.8902/03/201321 $19.42new candidate, Mar 11
Toomey, Tim02/01/1801/31/205509.5263797.5357780.8611526.1902/03/201729 $33.42$24514.97 loan repayments deducted
Williams, Nicola A.03/12/1901/31/200.0031569.2231307.01262.2102/03/20631 $49.61new candidate, Mar 12
Zondervan, Quinton02/01/1801/31/201279.6647100.1548123.32256.4902/03/201382 $34.82
Summaries of potential 2019 City Council campaign bank reports. Adjustments to the totals have been made to reflect returned donations and other factors. [updated Feb 7, 2020 at 9:55pm]

Campaign Finance Reports – 2019 City Council (updated Feb 7, 9:55pm)

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February 3, 2020

Follow the Money – Cambridge City Council Campaign Receipts 2019

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 Feb 3, 6:45pm
Candidate (and PACs)ReceiptsCambridgePctunionsPctReal EstatePctunions+REPct
Total $716,855.47 $453,991.9463.3% $45,250.006.3% $70,851.009.9% $116,101.0016.2%
McGovern, Marc C. $107,006.21 $46,638.0043.6% $12,550.0011.7% $30,200.0028.2% $42,750.0040.0%
Simmons, E. Denise $64,111.19 $31,466.1949.1% $6,250.009.7% $20,600.0032.1% $26,850.0041.9%
Toomey, Timothy J., Jr. $63,112.80 $33,325.1452.8% $5,100.008.1% $13,350.0021.2% $18,450.0029.2%
Mallon, Alanna $42,475.25 $28,537.2567.2% $6,450.0015.2% $1,900.004.5% $8,350.0019.7%
Siddiqui, Sumbul $33,654.68 $19,871.6859.0% $5,250.0015.6% $350.001.0% $5,600.0016.6%
Musgrave, Adriane $42,278.35 $20,919.3549.5% $4,200.009.9% $600.001.4% $4,800.0011.4%
Kelley, Craig A. $40,385.00 $32,378.0080.2% $2,500.006.2% $1,650.004.1% $4,150.0010.3%
ABC - PAC $24,299.26 $20,247.2383.3% $ -0.0% $1,866.007.7% $1,866.007.7%
Sobrinho-Wheeler, Jivan $28,430.00 $18,710.4265.8% $1,500.005.3% $ - 0.0% $1,500.005.3%
Carlone, Dennis $33,648.00 $27,098.0080.5% $500.001.5% $250.000.7% $750.002.2%
Mednick, Risa $19,541.00 $13,908.0071.2% $500.002.6% $ - 0.0% $500.002.6%
Azeem, Burhan $14,724.35 $11,969.3581.3% $450.003.1% $35.000.2% $485.003.3%
Williams, Nicola A. $31,501.78 $24,251.5277.0% $ -0.0% $50.000.2% $50.000.2%
Akiba, Sukia $3,000.00 $980.0032.7% $ -0.0% $ -0.0% $ -0.0%
BikeSafety-PAC $3,480.00 $2,155.0061.9% $ -0.0% $ -0.0% $ -0.0%
CCC - PAC $19,130.00 $18,250.0095.4% $ -0.0% $ -0.0% $ -0.0%
CResA - PAC $3,173.08 $3,005.0094.7% $ -0.0% $ -0.0% $ -0.0%
Franklin, Charles $34,392.78 $22,639.7865.8% $ -0.0% $ - 0.0% $ - 0.0%
Kopon, Derek Andrew $8,873.16 $7,295.0182.2% $ -0.0% $ - 0.0% $ - 0.0%
Levy, Ilan S. $650.00 $550.0084.6% $ -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. $21,961.23 $13,555.0061.7% $ -0.0% $ - 0.0% $ - 0.0%
ORC - PAC $1,992.00 $1,892.0095.0% $ -0.0% $ -0.0% $ -0.0%
Pitkin, John $14,335.00 $12,172.0084.9% $ -0.0% $ - 0.0% $ - 0.0%
Simon, Ben $12,863.56 $7,118.2355.3% $ -0.0% $ - 0.0% $ - 0.0%
Zondervan, Quinton $46,336.23 $33,559.2372.4% $ -0.0% $ - 0.0% $ - 0.0%

Source: Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF)

ABC-PAC: “A Better Cambridge Political Action Committee”
BikeSafety-PAC: “Cambridge Bicycle Safety Independent Expenditure Political Action Committee”
CCC-PAC: “Cambridge Citizens Coalition Political Action Committee”
CResA-PAC: “Democracy for Cambridge Political Action Committee” – Cambridge Residents Alliance
ORC-PAC: “Our Revolution Cambridge Political Action Committee”

January 21, 2020

Cambridge InsideOut Episodes 447-448: January 21, 2020

Episode 447 – Cambridge InsideOut: Jan 21, 2020 (Part 1)

This episode was broadcast on Jan 21, 2020 at 5:30pm. Topics: Red Sox; campaign finance, money talks; Vacancy Recount – David Weinstein elected; Patty Nolan joins the 20,000 Club. Hosts: Judy Nathans, Robert Winters [On YouTube] [audio]


Episode 448 – Cambridge InsideOut: Jan 21, 2020 (Part 2)

This episode was broadcast on Jan 21, 2020 at 6:00pm. Topics: Impeachment, judicial appointments; seeking a culture of compromise; Board vacancies, regulatory vs. advisory boards, Plan E limitations; proportional representation – proportional to what? Hosts: Judy Nathans, Robert Winters [On YouTube] [audio]

[Materials used in these episodes]

December 4, 2019

Cambridge InsideOut Episodes 437-438: December 3, 2019

Episode 437 – Cambridge InsideOut: Dec 3, 2019 (Part 1)

This episode was broadcast on Dec 3, 2019 at 5:30pm. Topics: Analysis of voters by age, turnout, possible causes; cost of a campaign, effectiveness. Hosts: Judy Nathans, Robert Winters [On YouTube] [audio]


Episode 438 – Cambridge InsideOut: Dec 3, 2019 (Part 2)

This episode was broadcast on Dec 3, 2019 at 6:00pm. Topics: Karp Petition ordination pending; Universal Pre-K, Tobin School renovation/relocation; participatory budgeting. Hosts: Judy Nathans, Robert Winters [On YouTube] [audio]

[Materials used in these episodes]

November 20, 2019

Cambridge InsideOut Episodes 433-434: November 19, 2019

Episode 433 – Cambridge InsideOut: Nov 19, 2019 (Part 1)

This episode was broadcast on Nov 19, 2019 at 5:30pm. Topics: Final Official Municipal election results; ballot data; ward/precinct distribution; #2 Vote Distribution; Instant Runoff mayor. Hosts: Judy Nathans, Robert Winters [On YouTube] [audio]


Episode 434 – Cambridge InsideOut: Nov 19, 2019 (Part 2)

This episode was broadcast on Nov 19, 2019 at 6:00pm. Topics: Election last details; Replacements in the event of a vacancy; campaign finance reform. Hosts: Judy Nathans, Robert Winters [On YouTube] [audio]

[Materials used in these episodes]

November 18, 2019

Lame Duck Walking – November 18, 2019 Cambridge City Council meeting

Lame Duck Walking – November 18, 2019 Cambridge City Council meeting

Lame DuckIn between the inevitable hushed meetings to secure the necessary five votes to become mayor for the 2020-21 term, the lame duck session continues quacking. The agenda is quite short, but a few items worth noting are listed below. Honestly, I’ve been having more fun studying the 2019 ballot data now that the election results were finalized Friday evening [Council][School]. This includes things like the ward/precinct distribution of #1 votes [Council][School], the #2 vote distribution behind each candidate’s #1 votes [Council][School], who would replace each of the newly elected members in the event of a future vacancy, and an Instant Runoff simulation to see how the ballots would choose a mayor (which, of course, is not how it’s done!). Anyway, back to the Council agenda (with minimal comment)…..

Manager’s Agenda #5. A communication transmitted from Louis A. DePasquale, City Manager, relative to a Planning Board recommendation to adopt with comments and suggested improvements, the CambridgeSide Galleria Associates Trust Zoning Petition.

Manager’s Agenda #6. Transmitting Communication from Louis A. DePasquale, City Manager, relative to the appropriation of $4,475,844.18 from Free Cash to the Mitigation Revenue Stabilization Fund which will be used to fund specific future projects, requiring individual appropriations by the City Council at a later date.


Manager’s Agenda #10. A communication transmitted from Louis A. DePasquale, City Manager, relative to a Planning Board recommendation to adopt the Exterior Building Insulation Zoning Petition.

Committee Report #3. A report from Councillor Dennis J. Carlone Co-Chair of the Ordinance Committee, for a public hearing held on Nov 12, 2019 to discuss the Insulation Zoning proposal A communication transmitted from Louis A. DePasquale, City Manager, relative to a petition to amend provisions in Article 5.000 and Article 22.000 pertaining to setback requirements and exterior building insulation.


Manager’s Agenda #11. A communication transmitted from Louis A. DePasquale, City Manager, relative to a Planning Board recommendation to adopt Article 22 Green Building Requirements Zoning Petition.

Committee Report #2. A report from Councillor Dennis J. Carlone Chair of the Ordinance Committee, for a public hearing held on Nov 12 at 12pm to discuss Green Building requirements A communication transmitted from Louis A. DePasquale, City Manager, relative to a petition to amend provisions in Section 22.20, which governs Green Building Requirements, and also applicable definitions contained in Article 2.000.


Order #2. That the City Manager is requested to direct the Traffic, Parking and Transportation Department to fully restore sharrows to Broadway, alongside the new door-zone bike lane, as a reminder to motorists that cyclists are always allowed to take the full lane.   Councillor Zondervan

I completely agree with this Order (as a person who prefers biking along with other traffic on most roads with ordinary speeds), but I continue to marvel at the trend among city councillors to assume roles which previously were the domain of the professional staff. I can’t decide if this is great wisdom or micromanagement or just a vote of "no confidence" of City staff.

Committee Report #1. A report from Vice Mayor Jan Devereux, Chair of the Government Operations, Rules & Claims Committee, for a public meeting held on Nov 14, 2019 to discuss the Solicitor’s Response to Policy Order O-9 from the June 10, 2019 City Council Meeting.

I used to be somewhat agnostic regarding campaign donations from people with business before the City Council, but the recent municipal election campaign has pushed me into the camp of those who feel that some limitations should be the rule. I’m still not convinced that public financing of municipal election campaigns would be worth it either practically or bureaucratically. I also can’t wrap my head around the fact that some of our local elected officials (and their ardent supporters) feel outrage about the Citizens United court decision that opened the floodgates in campaign spending yet have no qualms whatsoever in doing the same thing at the local level. – Robert Winters

October 30, 2019

Cambridge InsideOut Episodes 429-430: October 29, 2019

Episode 429 – Cambridge InsideOut: Oct 29, 2019 (Part 1)

This episode was broadcast on Oct 29, 2019 at 5:30pm. Topics: Election coming; voter success; dirty politics, warring slates, and inflammatory issues; “Who defines ‘the issues’?”. Hosts: Judy Nathans, Robert Winters [On YouTube] [audio]


Episode 430 – Cambridge InsideOut: Oct 29, 2019 (Part 2)

This episode was broadcast on Oct 29, 2019 at 6:00pm. Topics: dog people; awaiting report; the “gift” of the Foundry; renewable energy, municipal utilities, cost effectiveness; “weaponizing” the issue of campaign donations; shaming as a political strategy. Hosts: Judy Nathans, Robert Winters [On YouTube] [audio]

[Materials used in these episodes]

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