Published: Nov 03, 2012 12:00 AM
Modified: Nov 03, 2012 10:49 AM
Wendy Jacobs campaign committee took in more than $8,000 in the past three months, keeping her in the financial lead of the six candidates for five seats on the Board of County Commissioners.
In all, Jacobs donations have totaled $35,947 and her campaign spending $31,077 well ahead of incumbent Ellen Reckhow, who has raised $20,417 and spent $21,458 after starting the election cycle with $2,956 in the bank.
Third-quarter finance reports were due last week, the last reports before Tuesdays general election other than any for contributions of more than $1,000 that are due within 48 hours of receipt. Jacobs reported two $1,000 donations after submitting her third-quarter report.
The other candidates combined first-, second- and third-quarter reports showed:
• Brenda Howerton (incumbent): donations, $15,788; expenditures, $15,395;
• Omar Beasley: donations, $12,538; expenditures, $8,822;
• Fred Foster: donations, $8,944; expenditures, $7,548;
• Michael Page (incumbent): donations, $6,040; expenditures, $4,922.
Last weeks reports stirred some complaints. Beasley said Fosters report did not list payments for workers at early-voting polls; he and Jackie Wagstaff of the Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People made the same complaint about Jacobs report.
Foster and Jacobs said they only recently began paying poll workers, after the period covered by their third-quarter reports. It will be part of my next report, Jacobs said.
Fourth-quarter reports are due Jan. 10.
On Thursday, Durham resident Allan Lang emailed the state Board of Elections complaining that Howertons and Pages reports did not include $250 donations to Beasleys campaign. The donations were listed on Beasleys report.
Howerton said she wrote her check to Beasley after she had given her financial paperwork to her finance guy.
Page said he thought the contribution had been listed as a campaign expense, but it does not appear on the report posted at the Durham County Board of Elections website. Page said the money was used to help pay poll workers campaigning on both his and Beasleys behalf.