Follow the money: City campaign contributions

Who's who and what they've contributed to McLaughlin and Rybak

Now that primary season is over, we head into the final stretch--just more than a month--of the citywide election cycle.

Having trouble figuring out the difference between incumbent Mayor R. T. Rybak and his challenger, Hennepin County commissioner Peter McLaughlin? Maybe a glimpse into who forks over the money for them to run will help you with your decision.

All candidate contribution info can be found on the county's very handy campaign contribution web site (it's really a treasure trove of revenues and expenditures; more to come from this leading up to election day). Reader Shawn Lewis passes along this summary of the mayoral money:

All city candidates filed preprimary campaign finance reports Sept. 6.

Peter McLaughlin began 2005 with $21,159.67. He raised $211,681.35, spent $199,554.66 and had $33,286.36 on hand as of August 30.

R.T. Rybak began 2005 with $19,069. He raised more than McLaughlin ($245,725), spent more ($252,092), and had less on hand ($12,702) to start the general election.

McLaughlin received significant donations from labor organizations; Rybak received none.

McLaughlin's donors

McLaughlin received maximum $500 contributions from 28 union groups representing: police, firefighters, and their retirees; buildings tradespeople; electrical workers; iron workers, carpenters, postal workers, transit workers, machinists, sheet metal workers and sprinkler fitters.

Other organizations donating to McLaughlin ranged from the Downtown Council ($500) to Citizens for Sensible Government Policy for Real Estate ($250) and Committee for Automobile Retailers ($400).

Individuals donating to McLaughlin ranged from Grace Harkness of the Minnesota Women's Consortium ($150) to Downtown bar owner Mike Jennings ($250), from Sam Grabarski, head of the Downtown Council ($250) to Herb Frey of Alliance of the Streets ($150).

Contributors giving McLaughlin the maximum $500 included: developers Stuart Ackerberg, Don Gerberding, Paul Klodt and Steve Minn; Mark Reiling, principal, Colliers Towle Real Estate and Alan Arthur, Central Community Housing Trust.

Politicians donating to McLaughlin included: former Councilmembers Joan Campbell ($500); Jackie Cherryhomes ($350); Tony Scallon ($325); Kathleen O'Brien ($400); and Joan Niemiec ($500); former Mayor Don Fraser ($300); state Sen. Linda Higgins ($156); former County Commissioner John Derus ($150) and Councilmember Sandy Colvin Roy ($200).

Other notables on McLaughlin's list include Louis Smith and Tom Johnson of Smith Parker, consulting firm on the I-35W Access Project; Brian Rice, attorney and lobbyist; David St. Peter, Minnesota Twins president; and Robert Benner, Northwest Airlines lobbyist. (Benner gave $250, the rest gave $500.)

Rybak's donors

Individual donors to Rybak's campaign ranged from Garrison Keillor ($250) to former Gov. Arne Carlson ($250), from Utne Magazine's Nina Utne ($200) to former City Council President Alice Rainville ($100).

Donors giving Rybak the maximum $500 include: former Star Tribune publisher Joel Kramer; auto dealer Denny Hecker; Hubbard Broadcasting patriarch Stanley Hubbard; Downtown activists Sam and Sylvia Kaplan; Susan Lenfesty, founder of WATCH; Richard Anderson, executive vice president, United Health Care and former Northwest Airlines CEO; and Charles Zelle, president of Jefferson Lines and Guthrie board member.

Other notables donating to Rybak include: former Vice President Walter Mondale ($500); former state Attorney General Warren Spannus ($100); County Commissioner Gail Dorfman ($175); Minneapolis DFL state Rep. Margaret Anderson Kelliher ($125) and Republican state Rep. Ron Erhardt of Edina ($100) former Minneapolis Police Chief Anthony Bouza ($100); James Campbell, past chairman and CEO of Wells Fargo Bank ($100); and Ford Bell of the Minneapolis Heart Institute ($200).

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