Vaus leads Poway City Council candidates in raising cash, spending
Steve Vaus has collected and spent more money than any of the other three candidates running for Poway City Council and has far more money remaining in his account for use in the campaign’s final weeks.
Councilman Jim Cunningham trails Vaus in both raising and spending money, but not by much. Jeff Mangum has not raised or spent as much as the two leaders, while candidate Gary Vineyard to date has financed his campaign with his own money.
State-required campaign financing statements for the period July 1 to Sept. 30 were due to City Hall last week. All four candidates submitted their forms on time.
Vaus, making his second bid for a council seat, reported collecting $9,789 during the 90-day period and $14, 439 from Jan. 1 to Sept. 30. After paying $10,339 in campaign expenses, Vaus had $4,099 in his account as of Sept. 30.
Vaus listed 125 individual contributing to his campaign between July 1 and Sept. 30, of which 71 donated the maximum $100 allowed. Thirty of the 125 donations came from individuals with mailing addresses outside of Poway.
Cunningham, seeking a second four-year term, reported $7,200 in contributions during the period and $12,824 since Jan. 1. Cunningham reported $10,174 in expenses, leaving a $2,649 balance in his account. Cunningham has loaned his campaign $4,500.
During the 90-day reporting period Cunningham received 31 contributions, of which 25 were for the $100 maximum. Twenty-two of the 31 maximum donations came from donors with non-Poway addresses. Seventeen of the 22 out-of-town donations were from attorneys. Cunningham is a partner in a San Diego law firm.
Mangum, a former Poway Unified School District board member, received $3,978 during the reporting period and $9,218 since Jan. 1. He has spent $8,914 on his campaign and had $303 in his account as of Sept. 30.
Mangum received donations from 34 contributors during the 90-day reporting period. Twenty-five were for the $100 maximum. Four donors listed out-of-Poway addresses. He had loaned his campaign $1,000.
Vineyard, a small-business owner making his third council run, has collected no contributions since Jan. 1 but made a $1,100 loan to himself prior to the Sept. 30 cutoff date. After paying $773 in campaign expenses, he had $326 on hand as of Sept. 30 .
Vineyard on Oct. 1 deposited $25,000 of his own money into his campaign account to demonstrate, he said, that he was a serious candidate for one of the two open council seats.
Candidates are spending their campaign funds on printing, mailings, website hosting and related expenses.
Cunningham has spent $4,600 on “slate” mailers, where his name appears along with other candidates endorsed by sponsoring organizations. Although a registered Democrat, Cunningham paid $364 to have his name listed on a mailing put out by the Newport Beach-based “Continuing the Republican Revolution.”
Asked Monday about the expenditure, Cunningham supplied an email from the organization’s Scott Hart, saying that “any candidate” for local office could have their name include on the mailing piece. Hart wrote that the piece would be sent twice to 5,200 “most likely to vote Republican households” in the city.
Vaus paid $1,710 to Callidus Consulting Group of San Diego for political consulting services. His campaign form shows no payments for slate mailers
Mangum reports spending $3,738 on mailers.
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