City candidates' spending checks out

Year-end campaign spending reports show few significant changes

Posted: Monday, February 25, 2002

Year-end campaign spending numbers for the 2001 city election generally were on target with earlier reports, according to data from the Alaska Public Offices Commission.

Candidates for Juneau Assembly were required to turn in year-end campaign spending reports to APOC by Feb. 15. Reports also were due 30 days before the election, a week before and 10 days after.

Campaign spending became an issue in the fall 2001 campaign after Juneau Assembly member Jim Powell was fined for mistakes in reporting accrued expenses, or debts, in his 1998 election. Accrued expenses provide an indication of what a candidate's final expenses will be.

Powell's year-end report showed he spent $24,366 on his 2001 campaign. A report filed 10 days after the election showed $17,308 in paid expenses with $6,439 in accrued expenses, a $619 difference from expenses listed on the year-end report.

Powell's year-end report showed 16 contributions of more than $100 and 31 of $100 or less.

"We spent what we thought we would spend. Unfortunately, it takes that much money to run a campaign," Powell said.

His opponent's estimates also were close. A report filed 10 days after the election showed Chuck Collins spending $13,352 and accruing $3,118 in debt. His year-end report showed $16,670 in campaign expenses, a difference of $200 from the earlier total.

Assembly member Jeannie Johnson, who was elected to the District 1 seat, reported $22,633 in expenses in her year-end report. She reported $10,258 in paid expenses 10 days after the election with $8,548 in debt.

The year-end expenses include a $3,645 reimbursement Johnson paid back to herself to cover an earlier $5,000 loan she made to the campaign, she said. Subtracting the reimbursement, the difference in expenses was $182.

"I didn't spend over $20,000, which I was really happy about," she said. "This being a first-time campaign it was really tough to figure out what it was going to cost. ... I'm pleased with how it came out. I'm happy to have the job."

Johnson's year-end report shows 18 contributions of more than $100 and 26 contributions of $100 or less.

Johnson's opponent, Tony Reiger, spent $6,480, according to his year-end report. He reported $5,452 in paid expenses 10 days after the election and $1,550 in debt.

In the race for the District 2 seat, Assembly member Randy Wanamaker recorded $10,555 in expenses in his year-end report. A report filed 10 days after the election showed him spending nearly the same amount - $10,511.

Wanamaker ran against Clancy DeSmet and Dixie Hood. DeSmet's year-end report shows $3,715 in expenses. A report 10 days after the election showed $3,263 in expenses. Hood's year-end report shows $5,510 in expenses. Her 10-day report showed $5,298 in expenses.

Joanna Markell can be reached at joannam@juneauempire.com.



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