Committees collect, spend thousands on campaign

PRESCOTT ­ During the weeks leading up to and immediately after Prescott's September primary, the big money in the campaign was going to the political committees working various election effort angles.

While the candidates themselves raised a total of about $13,000 in the post-primary reporting period, the four committees collected more than twice that much ­ at more than $30,000.

Also, a look at the total receipts in the campaign so far, which includes the previous reporting periods as well, shows that the amount for the four committees swelled to $69,462.

The deadline for filing the "post-primary election report" for campaign finance disclosure was Thursday, and the city received forms from the four committees, as well as most of the eight candidates who will face off in the Nov. 8 general election runoff. The reporting period runs from Aug. 25 to Oct. 3.

Taking the lead in all categories is the Responsible Leadership for Prescott group, which is working to re-elect the four incumbents running for Prescott City Council. That organization reported collecting $20,190 during this reporting period, and a total of about $30,000 in the campaign to date.

The committee reports receiving about 35 contributions of more than $200 during the reporting period.

The major contributors include:

• $500 from: housewife Shary Feldmeier; and real estate broker Sally Lerette.

• $370 from: store owner Jane Andre; retiree Ron Busse; retiree Malcolm Barrett; Sterling Skipper with PS Electric of Prescott Valley; Elise Townsend, Paulden construction; Tucson housewife Kariman Pierce; Tucson artist Tyler Pierce; contractor John Turner; contractor Ty Myers; San Diego student Melinda Pierce;

Florida retiree Gary Jost; San Diego computer programmer Steve Pierce II; Prescott Valley builder Joseph Contadino; Prescott Valley developer Bill Fain; housewife Melanie Hill; housewife Danette Myers; housewife Joan Pierce; car dealer Fred York; attorney Benjamin Vakula; Mesa rancher Bruce Whiting; radio station owner Sanford Cohen.

• $300 from: Ed Walters, Prescott Valley Tri-City Homes; Jim Townsend of Townsend Homes; retiree Marvin Yetter; rancher Ronald James.

Other major contributions to the Responsible Leadership for Prescott include: $1,000 from Prescott doctor Wayne Beck; $350 from doctor Gordon Ritter; $250 from rancher Mary Hunt; $200 from Karen Wargo, Prescott Valley construction; $200 from retiree Oren Thompson; $250 from real estate developer Frank Zunick; and $250 from Realtor Greg Vogel.

During the reporting period, the Responsible Leadership group spent about $15,000, including: a total of $10,821 to Coleman Dahm & Associates of Phoenix for mailings and road signs; a total of $782 for advertisements in The Daily Courier, as well as a $400 reimbursement to group treasurer Sue Willoughby for newspaper advertising; a total of $1,349 for advertising on KPPV-KQNA Radio; and a total of $1,312 to KYCA Radio.

The organization also had in-kind contributions for a total of $1,000 for Web site design from Randy Boettjer of So. Calif. Edison.

In addition, the group reported debts and obligations of $1,130 to attorney Lisa Hauser for legal fees, and $3,498 to Classic Printing for postcard printing and postage.

The 1,000 Friends of Prescott group, which is working to defeat the Reasonable Growth initiative (Proposition 400), reported the second-highest total for contributions during the reporting period, with total receipts of $9,149.

Major contributors for 1,000 Friends of Prescott included: $5,000 from Townsend Construction; $2,000 from real estate advisers AZ Land Advisors; $1,000 from developer Chamberlain LLC; $500 from radio station owner Lou Silverstein; and $500 from law firm Vakula Kottke, PLC.

The group spent a total of about $2,600 during the reporting round on: $1,043 for commercials on KPPV-KQNA Radio; and $1,509 with KYCA-KAHM Radio. It also reported debts and obligations of: approximately $2,000 with AZ Highway Safety Specialists; and about $1,220 with attorney Lisa Hauser for legal fees.

Reporting the third-highest amount of contributions was the Citizens for Reasonable Growth, which is working to promote the Reasonable Growth initiative.

The group reported a total of seven major contributions of $200 or more. They were: $2,353 from retiree Jack Wilson; $1,000 from self-employed manager and Prescott City Council candidate Howard Mechanic; $500 from the 69 Corridor Concerned Citizens; $500 from Susanna McDougal; $400 from retiree Joseph Wenzel; $224 from Realtor Elizabeth Wilson.

Citizens for Reasonable Growth spent about $7,100 of its money on: a total of $2,652 to attorney Gil Shaw for legal work; $510 with Guyann Corporation for radio advertising; $652 with Prescott Newspapers Inc. for newspaper advertising; and $205 with American Campaign Store for campaign buttons.

The group also reported in-kind contributions of $950 from Web site developer Kerry Wilson for Web site design, and $250 from retiree Charles Young for voice-over for radio advertising.

The other committee, Stand Up Prescott, reported receipts of $560 during the reporting period, including one major contribution of $250 from Frank Leite of Prescott.

Receiving the most contributions among the City Council candidates was incumbent Mayor Rowle Simmons, who reported $5,069 in total receipts during the post-primary reporting period.

Simmons' major contributors were: $370 from private investigator Robert Hurt; $350 from Chino Valley trustee William Pierce; $300 from doctor Gordon Ritter; $300 from builder Cindy Watkins; $250 from Robert Been, business manager at York Motors; $224 from real estate agent Frederick Lindquist; $200 from Oren Thompson; $200 from business administrator Ronald James; $200 from Daniel Froetscher, APS employee; $200 from contractor Roark Lewis; and $200 from radio station owner Lou Silverstein.

Simmons also reported making a $1,600 loan to his campaign.

During the reporting period, Simmons spent about $4,100 on: $2,271 to Andy Tobin for postage; $1,104 to Print Works for printing; and $590 to KPPV-KYCA for radio ads.

The other mayoral candidate Lindsay Bell reported $1,822 in receipts in the post-primary form. Her major contributor was retiree Jack Wilson, who gave $370. Bell also reported making a $404 loan to her campaign. She spent $1,392, including: $428 to Cable One for television spots; $490 to T Shirt Antics for signs; and $404 to Crossroads Center at Prescott College for an election night reception.

Among the candidates running for three seats on the council, incumbent candidate Bob Roecker reported the most contributions, with total receipts of $2,395. His major contributors were: $370 from architect Tom Reilly; $350 from funeral home director Fred Wakelin; $200 from accountant Scott Helfinstine; $200 from businessman Bradley Penner; $200 from APS manager Daniel Froetscher; $200 from Dewey well digger Jim Williams; and $200 from homemaker Joyce Bunch.

Roecker spent $63, which he loaned to his campaign for fliers and paper.

Candidate Howard Mechanic reported the second-highest total in contributions, with receipts of $1,375. His major contributor was real estate broker Elizabeth Wilson, who gave $370. Mechanic spent $664 during the reporting period, mostly for advertising.

Other candidates who reported included:

• Robert Luzius, who had total receipts of $1,100. His major contributors were real estate agent Elizabeth Wilson, who gave $370, and retiree Richard Jacobs, who contributed $200. Luzius spent $415 during the reporting period, on stationary and computer supplies.

• Robert Behnke, who had $850 in receipts. The major contributors were Behnke, who gave $400 to his campaign, and York Motors manager Toby York, who gave $200. Behnke spent a total of $441 ­ $413 of which went to Prescott Newspapers, Inc., for an advertisement.

• Bob Bell, who had $750 in receipts. His major contributors were the Fraternal Order of Police, who gave $350, and retiree James Lee, who contributed $300. Bell spent a total of $589, including $459 to AZ Highway Safety Specialists for campaign signs, and $130 to the Prescott Chamber of Commerce for a newsletter insert.

Candidate John Steward was exempt from filing financial disclosures, because he raised less that $500 during the period.