Spending by McAdams campaign doubles Crockett’s
Salt Lake County • Final disclosures show Dem way ahead in mayoral race fundraising.
Published: October 31, 2012 09:30AM
Updated: October 31, 2012 07:45AM

Democrat Ben McAdams’ fundraising machine has slowed a little as the Salt Lake County mayoral campaign approaches the Nov. 6 election, but he still finished about $360,000 ahead of Republican Mark Crockett.

In financial disclosure forms filed Tuesday with the County Clerk’s office, McAdams said his campaign took in $258,817 between mid-September and Oct. 30, raising his take to $830,115 in the effort to replace party colleague Peter Corroon as mayor.

The two-month total was slightly lower than what McAdams collected between late June and mid-September ($277,039), but was still almost $90,000 more than Crockett raised in any quarter.

The Republican, a Holladay businessman and former councilman, raised $170,684 in the past six weeks. That was his best reporting period to date. Overall, he raised $468,208.

Crockett does have one advantage over McAdams, a state senator and an adviser to Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker. Heading into the campaign’s last week, he has almost $90,000 left in the bank for last-minute advertising. McAdams’ treasury is down to about $58,400, disclosure forms showed.

As the election neared, both candidates pulled in maximum individual contributions of $6,000.

The Crockett disclosure included donations of that amount from two sign companies, Reagan Outdoor Advertising and YESCO, chiropractor Travis Dowdell, Kevin Mitchell and businessman Fred Lampropoulos, whose company, Merit Medical Systems, also gave $5,000 to the GOP candidate. Real-estate agent Walter Plumb and attorney Kirk Cullimore weighed in with $5,000 apiece.

These big donations, among 40 of $1,000 or more, relieved some of the burden borne by Crockett himself. Through the first three reporting periods, he had invested $104,500 of his own money into the campaign. Crockett, the managing partner of Vici Capital Partners, reached into his pockets for another $55,000 in the past two months, meaning he has underwritten about one third of the campaign total.

McAdams boasted that his latest disclosure form featured 631 different donors, increasing the total contribution list to 2,115 individuals or groups. But it also featured numerous big-time contributors. Eighty-five donations exceeded $1,000. The biggest contributor was the Salt Lake County Democratic Party at $15,000, with the state party next at $10,000.

Maximum $6,000 contributions were made to McAdams by Peter Mouskondis of Nicholas & Co., David Bernolfo of Bamberger Investment, the McCarthey Family Foundation, developer Andrew Hatton-Ward, Call Assistants, Boulder Ventures Development and Dell Loy Hansen of Wasatch Property Management. Hansen also gave $1,000 to Crockett.

In addition, Crockett received $1,000 apiece from Canyons Resort and Solitude Mountain Resort, which are involved in controversial talks to connect their resorts with a gondola called SkiLink. McAdams, who opposes the project, reported no donations from anti-SkiLink groups or the resorts.

In other county races:

• At-large Democratic incumbent Jim Bradley raised almost $66,500 in the past two months to raise his total to $98,862. Republican challenger Joseph Demma increased his sum to $31,200 with $12,255 in the past two months.

• District 2 incumbent Michael Jensen, a Republican, added $25,650 to boost his war chest to almost $60,000. His Democratic foe, Brent Goodfellow, took in $7,000 to double his intake to $14,000.

• For the District 4 seat being vacated by Democrat Jani Iwamoto, Republican Missy Larsen reported $14,264 in donations this period, increasing her total to $46,100. Democrat Sam Granato topped that with $21,300 in contributions in the past two months, almost $66,200 in all.

• District 6 incumbent Max Burdick, a Republican, received $8,500 since mid-September but did not list an overall figure for contributions. Democrat Paul Recanzone got just $50 this reporting period, $3,400 in all.

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Final pre-election reports

A week before the election, Democrat Ben McAdams and Republican Mark Crockett raised almost$1.3 million in the campaign to become Salt Lake County’s next mayor.

Crockett

Raised* • $468,208

Spent* • $378,674

Left • $89,534

McAdams

Raised* • $830,115

Spent* • $771,769

Left • $58,373

*Reflects contributions and expenditures from early April through Oct. 30

Source: Candidate disclosure forms