City campaign contributions down $20,000 from 2011 primary

PRESCOTT - Campaign contributions and expenditures are down substantially for this year's Prescott City Council primary, compared with the contests of 2011 and 2009.

Records for the pre-primary receipts and expenditures show that seven of the eight candidates running for four seats on the council collected a total of $33,813 through Aug. 15.

That is about $20,000 less than the $54,000 that a similar number of candidates raised for the 2011 primary, and about $42,000 less than the $76,000 that 11 candidates raised in 2009.

The candidates' pre-primary campaign finance reports were due in to city hall by Friday afternoon, and seven of the eight filed their reports. (Candidate Alan Dubiel had 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).

Clearly leading the pack in both collections and expenditures was incumbent mayor Marlin Kuykendall, who raised $11,302, and spent $11,152.

Kuykendall's receipts compare with mayor challenger Lindsay Bell's $3,717 in receipts, and $3,621 in disbursements.

In the race for the three open council seats, Ellie Laumark led the candidates in receipts, with $4,276.

Rounding out the group were: Jean Wilcox with $3,360 in receipts; incumbent Len Scamardo with $3,290; incumbent Steve Blair with $2,300; and Greg Lazzell with $2,000.

A breakdown of where the money came from and how it was spent:

Mayor race

• Kuykendall - top contributors (of $300 or more) included: funeral director Butch Hampton, $450; trustee William Pierce, $450; doctor Hojat Askari, $450; lawyer James Musgrove, $450; retiree Bruce Thoeny, $400; homemaker Brenda Lee, $400; Lindquist Realty broker Fred Lindquist, $375; lawyer Paul Roberts, $350; stockbroker Bryan Lee, $300; and student Connor Smith, $300.

In addition, Kuykendall received nine other contributions of $100 to $200, and $450 in contributions of $50 or less.

The bulk of Kuykendall's campaign money went toward: postage, $3,705 and $171; postcard printing, with $2,596 going to EMI Printworks; ad design, advertising, and promotion to Helken & Horn Advertising Agency, with individual expenditures of $475, $249, $512, and $681 (totaling $1,917); advertising with eNewsAZ, with three individual expenditures of $275 each, for a total of $825; and advertising on KYCA Radio, $673.

• Bell - along with contributing $300 in cash and $211 in in-kind to her own campaign, Bell's top contributor was retiree Patrick Beatty, who contributed $400.

Bell had 41 other contributors, ranging from $5 to $150. She also received $85.66 from the Good Governance Committee.

The bulk of Bell's campaign money went toward printing postcards and yards signs, and for radio ads. She reported seven expenditures with The Color Factor, ranging from $100 to $444, for a total of $1,594. Bell also had a $915 expenditure with Prescott Valley Broadcasting for radio ads on KPPV an KQNA.

Council race

• Laumark - along with a loan to her campaign for $1,174, Laumark reported a $2,270 contribution from the Realtors of AZ PAC (political action committee), and $85.67 from the Good Governance Committee. In addition, she reported contributions from two individuals for $100 and $250, and a total of $396 in contributions of $50 or less.

Laumark reported spending her campaign money largely for radio ads and web design. She had expenditures of $712 and $763 with Arizona's Hometown Radio Group ($1,475 total); and $500 and $150 ($650 total) with Incite Productions for web design and a video.

• Wilcox - along with a $383 loan to her campaign, Wilcox reported receiving $2,270 from the Realtors of Arizona Political Action Committee, and $85.67 from the Good Governance Committee.

Wilcox's top individual contributor was retiree Jack Wilson, $300. She also reported five other contributions of $100 to $200, and a total of $615 in contributions of $50 or less.

Wilcox's top expenditures were to: Arizona's Hometown Radio Group for $1,322; Matt Turner for web design, $399; and Color Factor, for expenditures of $133, $172, and $199 (totaling $504).

• Scamardo - along with contributing $50 to his campaign, Scamardo reported receiving a $2,270 contribution from the Realtors of AZ Political Action Committee. His top individual contributor was contractor Michael Fann, $300. Scamardo also had three contributions of $150 to $200, and a total of $125 in contributions of $50 or less.

Scamardo's expenditures included: $1,712 with EMI Print Works for printing signs; $660 with the Daily Courier for newspaper advertising; and $508 with KQNA Radio for radio ads.

• Blair - along with lending $300 to his campaign, Blair reported receiving 10 contributions of between $100 and $300, and $100 in contributions of $50 or less. Blair's top contributor was retiree John Pemberton, $300.

Blair's top expenditures included: $513 with EMI Print Works for signs; $434 with the Daily Courier for newspaper ads; and $375 with Prescott eNews for electronic advertising.

• Lazzell - reporting 10 contributions of $75 to $300, Lazzell's top contributor was contractor Michael Fann, $300. He also reported receiving $225 in contributions of $50 or less.

Lazzell's top expenses included $271 with Super Cheap Signs.com for election signs, and $217 with Allegra Print for election stickers.

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