Sunday, December 07, 2008

Stenger raises more than $241,000 while winning St. Louis County Council seat

According to the St. L Post Dispatch, Steve Stenger, the Democratic candidate for St. Louis County Council member from the 6th District, raised $241,320.28 in his successful bid for the seat. He defeated Councilman John Campisi, R-south St. Louis County, who was seeking a third term. (We didn't know this job paid that well)

Stenger, a lawyer living in Affton, was among candidates who filed reports on their campaign finances 30 days after the election, as state law requires.

In a reporting period between Oct. 28 and Thursday, Stenger raised $13,425. He received a donation of $2,500 from the Stone, Leyton & Gershman law firm of Clayton. The Building Trades Political Education Fund contributed as did several other skilled trades unions and Democratic Party organizations.

Stenger reported spending $214.443.37 thus far and $13,094.20 in the reporting period. Most of the money in the reporting period went to Phase 3 Inc., his campaign consultant. Stenger lent $150,000 to his campaign; the committee has repaid none of the loan.

Campisi reported raising $23,968.93 and spending $24,962.22 in this election. In a reporting period of Oct. 24 to Nov. 29, Campisi raised $6.845.65 and spent $16,150.23.

Among contributors were developers McBride and Son Management Co. and Mayer Custom Homes. Most of his spending was for printing.

In the 4th District, Councilman Mike O’Mara, D-Florissant, who won a third term reported raising $11,200 and spending $4,500 in this election. In a reporting period from Oct. 24 to Nov. 29, he raised $1,550 and spent $4,500.

O’Mara received a donation from the North County Labor Legislative Club. Most of his spending went to Roman Communications for campaign consulting.

Eugene Dokes, the Republican candidate for the seat, reported spending nothing in a reporting period from Oct. 29 to Nov. 13. Theo “Ted” Brown Sr., the Libertarian candidate, said he neither raised nor spent more than $500.

Council Chairwoman Kathleen Kelly Burkett, D-Overland, who was unopposed, said she raised $500 in this election and spent $1,798.84.

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