City campaign contributions up $60,000 from 2013 primary

PRESCOTT - Despite a smaller field of candidates this year, total campaign contributions and expenditures are up significantly compared with the past three Prescott City Council primaries.

Pre-primary financial disclosures filed this week with the Prescott City Clerk's office show that the five candidates listed on the city primary ballot have so far collected $94,193, and have spent $75,241 of that.

The receipt total is nearly triple the $33,813 collected by eight candidates listed on the ballot in 2013. It also is substantially more than the $54,000 that eight candidates raised for the 2011 primary, and the $76,000 that 11 candidates raised in 2009.

The candidates' pre-primary campaign finance reports were due to Prescott City Hall by 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, and they reflect campaign information through Aug. 13. (Write-in candidate Alan Dubiel earlier filed a threshold exemption statement, indicating that he would spend no more than $500 for his campaign, and was therefore not required to file an individual financial disclosure).

Much of the money raised in this year's primary has gone toward the mayor's race, which pitted former Prescott Fire Chief Dan Fraijo against retired Army Colonel Harry Oberg. Between the two, the candidates raised a total of $65,559.

The Fraijo financials

Fraijo led the field of candidates with receipts of $39,590, and expenditures of $28,983.

That compares with the $25,969 collected by Oberg, and expenditures of $24,173.

Much of Fraijo's total came from fire-related political committees, from which he received $19,874.

Under political committees, Fraijo listed contributions of: $4,574 and $2,500 from the Prescott Firefighters PAC in Prescott Valley; $2,500 from United Pima Firefighters in Tucson; $2,500 from Tucson Firefighters; $2,000 from United Mesa Firefighters PAC; $1,500 from Gilbert Firefighters; $1,000 from UPFF-Tempe Chapter; $1,000 from Central Yavapai Firefighters PAC fund; $1,000 from the Surprise Pro Firefighter PAC; $500 from the United Flagstaff Fire Fighters PAC fund; $500 from SLFFA No. 3560 PAC in Chandler. He also received $300 from the Peoria Police Officers Association PAC.

Fraijo's top individual contributors ($300 or more) were: VLC Enterprises owner Lara Gilbert, $500; Lake Havasu City retiree Patrica Tibbits, $400; and Prescott retiree Henry Guzman, $350.

In addition to the contributions of $300 or more, Fraijo received a $100 contribution from elected official State Rep. Karen Fann.

He also received 52 individual contributions ranging from $25 to $282, as well as multiple cash contributions totaling $380. In addition, Fraijo listed a $4,585 loan to his own campaign.

Under expenditures, Fraijo disclosed 49 campaign costs. Among his major expenses were: $4,196 to Looks Good Printing and Signs for signs; $3,442 to The Graphics Link of Phoenix for mailers; $3,221 to Whiskey Row Screen Printing for advertising bags; $2,500 to Leibowitz Solo of Phoenix for consulting; $1,600 to National Cinemedia for movie theater ads; and $1,572 and $326 to Prescott Newspapers (Daily Courier) for online and Sunday print ads.

The Oberg financials

Oberg's top contributors included: Jim Chamberlain, president of Sun State Builders of Tempe, $3,000; Prescott retiree Sharon Pezzolo-Lower, $1,500; local contractor Michael Fann, $1,000; Justin Scott, homeowner management, $1,000; and Mary Anne Girard, $1,000 (occupation information listed as "requested" but not received).

In addition, Oberg's contributors of $300 or more included: retiree Travis Rushing, $500; retiree Philip Goode, $500; local hotel owner Bradley Christensen, $500; real estate investor Jim Lee, $500; real estate investor Scot Lee, $500; retiree Carol Chamberlain, $500; businessman Louis Gomez of Prescott Tire Pros, $500; James McKenzie, partner in Greewood and McKenzie in Santa Ana, California, $500; Ronald James, $500; retiree Pamela Kaiser, $500; retiree Warren Kuhles, $400; rancher and State Sen. Stephen Pierce, $400; retiree Myrna Benson, $300; and John Pemberton, $300.

Along with the contributions of $300 or more, Oberg also received several contributions from elected officials. Contributing $100 each to his campaign were: Prescott City Councilman Jim Lamerson; Prescott City Councilman Steve Blair; and State Rep. Karen Fann. Contributing $200 was B&B owner and State Sen. Noel Campbell.

Oberg also received 40 contributions in the $75 to $250 range, as well as 43 in the $50-or-less range, and listed a $3,620 loan to his own campaign.

Oberg's major expenses included: $5,292 to Print Source One, Inc. of Phoenix for postcards; $2,598 to Print Source One for postcards and postage; a reimbursement of $2,796 to himself for radio ads and signs; a reimbursement of $1,318 for signs; a $960 reimbursement for radio ads, buttons, and signs; and a $919 reimbursement to himself for an ad in the Daily Courier.

Disclosures from the three City Council candidates listed on the ballot included:

• Billie Orr - $12,984 in receipts, and $11,977 in expenditures. Orr's major contributors were: retiree Margaret Travers, $1,000; Malcolm W. Barrett, $500; and Billie Orr, $750. Orr also reported 44 individual contributions of between $100 and $250, as well as $1,026 in-kind contributions of food and furniture rentals for fundraisers.

• Steve Sischka - $8,910 in receipts, and $5,836 in expenditures. Sischka's top contributor was: Janis Ann Sterling, $1,000. He also received 26 contributions of more than $50, and loaned $1,000 to his campaign.

• Jim Lamerson - $6,830 in receipts, and $4,272 in expenditures. Lamerson's major contributors were: real estate investor Jim Lee, $500; and Jim and Marion Lee, $500.

The limit for contributions from individuals and PACs (political action committees) is $6,250, according to information from the office of Secretary of State Michele Reagan.

The city primary is set for Tuesday, Aug. 25.

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