Vaus maintains lead in City Council campaign fundraising
By Steve Dreyer
Poway City Council candidate Steve Vaus continues to hold a significant lead in collecting Nov. 6 campaign contributions while Jeff Mangum has taken over the lead from Vaus in campaign spending, according to new disclosure statements.
The statements also show that both Mangum and Gary Vineyard made personal loans to their campaigns since Oct. 1. Vineyard deposited $25,000 into his election account while Mangum added $9,000 to a $1,000 loan he had given himself earlier in the year.
Councilman Jim Cunningham made a $4,500 loan to his campaign earlier in the year. Vaus has not made a personal loan to his campaign.
The state-required campaign statements cover Oct. 1 to Oct. 20. The next report will cover the balance of the year.
Vaus, Mangum, Vineyard and Cunningham are running for two seats on the City Council. Cunningham is seeking his second four-year term. The other seat is being vacated by Councilwoman Merrilee Boyack, who is stepping down.
Vaus reported collecting $3,483 in cash during the reporting period, bringing his campaign total to $18,370. Mangum reported $1,650 in contributions, for a campaign total of $9,868. Cunningham reported taking in $510 for a campaign total of $8,834 while Vineyard reported no contributions in 2012.
On the expense side, Mangum reported $8,868 during the latest period for a campaign total of $17,783. Vaus spent $6,813 during the same three-week period for a campaign total of $17,153. Cunningham reported spending $2,567 for a total of $12,740 while Vineyard reported spending $2,489 for a total of $3,262.
Since Oct. 1, Vaus received 23 contributions of $100, the most allowed by city ordinances from individuals. Five of the 23 checks came from people with addresses outside of Poway.
Vaus also reported a $500 cash contribution from the Lincoln Club of San Diego County, plus a $300 non-monetary donation of video services. The club’s website says it is “dedicated to advancing free market principles and ideas.”
City election laws do not regulate contributions by political groups.
Under expenses, Vaus listed $4,950 for postage and $1,672 for postcards. His report shows $769 in cash on hand as of Oct. 20.
Mangum’s report shows 12 contributions of $100 each, of which three came from out of Poway. The report shows the candidate has now loaned $10,000 of his own money to his election effort.
Mangum’s expenses include $8,358 for campaign literature. He reports having $2,084 on hand as of Oct. 20.
Cunningham reported receiving four $100 checks, all from Poway addresses. His expenses included $1,299 for newspaper advertising and $646 for fliers and banners. He had $593 in cash on hand as of Oct. 20.
Vineyard has accepted no campaign contributions. Most of his expenses during the period were for campaign signs. Factoring in his $25,000 personal loan, Vineyard reported having $22,851 on hand as of Oct. 20.
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