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Overkill: Candidate Schor outspent Brown Clarke by over $200,000

April 11, 2018

 

I realize that the election has been over since November, but the final campaign finance reports didnít come in until early December. They show that new Lansing mayor Andy Schor spent a total of $285,578, over $200,000 more than Judi Brown Clarke. Here are the totals from the two candidates' 2017 campaign finance reports. Click on a reporting period to see the actual report.

 

Andy Schor

Reporting Period

Contributions

Expenditures

Ending Balance

2/22/2017-7/23/2017

*232,336.52

99,242.90

133,045.29

7/24/2017-8/28/2017

25,253.33

21,058.67

137,139.95

8/29/2017-10/22/2017

93,030.00

94,824.05

135,345.90

10/23/2017-11/27/2017

5,955.00

70,452.61

70,848.29

TOTAL:

356,574.85

285,578.23

 

*Includes $90,000 transferred from state representative campaign account.

 

 

Judi Brown Clarke

Reporting Period

Contributions

Expenditures

Ending Balance

10/21/2016-7/23/2017

49,231.00

33,012.64

16,218.36

7/24/2017-8/28/2017

1,225.00

15,793.68

1,649.68

8/29/2017-10/22/2017

23,815.00

12,158.78

14,130.90

10/23/2017-11/27/2017

5,900.00

20,030.90

0

TOTAL:

80,171.00

80,996.00

 

 

Here are the vote counts from the Ingham County Clerk's website:

 

 

This means Brown Clarke spent $16.96 per vote and Schor spent $23.02.

 

156 individuals and PACs contributed over $500 to the Schor campaign. Here they are in 3 sequences:

Amount

City

Employer

How does one spend $285,000 on a Lansing mayoral campaign? $160,000 was for "consulting." Here are the consulting expenditures in 2 sequences:

Date

Recipient

Two "consultants" ended up on the new mayor's staff. This is from the Lansing City Pulse's 11/7/2017 election issue:

 

 

I just don't understand the need for all that money. The City Pulse predicted a Schor win soon after Virg Bernero announced he wasn't running. Schor could have won easily with the $90,000 left over from his state representative campaign account. Is it to scare away future challengers by showing how much money he can raise?

 

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