Crunching numbers

The Chapel Hill Herald reports on the second round of fundraising numbers for Chapel Hill Town Council candidates. Here's how it looks:

  1. Rudy Juliano: $10,164 ($9,764 self-loan)
  2. Sally Greene: $6,736.13 ($500 self-loan)
  3. Diane Bachman: $5,600 (5,000 self-loan)
  4. Bill Strom (i): $5,112
  5. Thatcher Freund: $4,336 ($1,200 self-loan)
  6. Doug Schworer: $2,480
  7. Terri Tyson: $1,790.83 ($1,600 self-loan)
  8. Andrea Rohrbacher: $1,450 ($1,000 self-loan)
  9. Cam Hill: $1,105
  10. Mike McSwain: $750 ($400 self-loan)
  11. Jim Ward (i): $155
  12. Woodrow Barfield is expected to spend less than $3,000 is therefore not required to report.

I will try post some numbers from previous elections along with the results of those races for camparison. More money does not equal more votes. But it can sometimes help determine who has a "serious" campaign.

Just as in presidential races, fundraising can be an indicator of voter support, but of course that only applies to donations given by supporters, not personal loans from the candidate. It also depends on the number of donors and their size. For comparisons' sake, Howard Dean has been doing more grassroots organizing than any other presidential candidate in years, and is simultaneously breaking fundraising records with large numbers of relatively small donations.

Anyone got numbers for Carrboro?

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By the way, the Herald article quotes incumbent Jim Ward saying that his campaign couldn't understand the reporting rules. I know it's hard, I had a very talented treasurer to do this when I ran in 1999, but considering Ward has done it before, I find his claim sort of hard to understand itself.

 

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