Williams Has More Money Available |
and Michael H. Cottman
Washington Post Staff Writers
Tues., Oct. 27, 1998; Page B01
Democratic mayoral candidate Anthony A. Williams has $107,000 -- or $20,000 more than his Republican opponent, Carol Schwartz -- to spend during the week leading up to the general election, and he hopes to raise much more at 14 fund-raisers planned before next Tuesday.
Both Williams and Schwartz yesterday filed the last pre-election financial disclosure reports required by the D.C. Office of Campaign Finance.
Schwartz, who has said that "voters cannot be bought," has raised $68,000 in the two weeks since the last reporting period. Her campaign has spent $56,400 in that time. In all, Schwartz has raised $256,000, compared with nearly $1.2 million received by Williams, and she has $88,000 left.
"The fact that we raised $68,000 in a two-week period I think is impressive," Schwartz said. "I've been blessed to have gotten so many volunteers to do much of the work of the campaign. We're a real people's campaign."
Schwartz still has a $25,000 campaign debt from a personal loan. She has spent $10,000 on campaign staffers.
Williams's campaign, on the other hand, is still aiming to finish at $1.3 million.
"Tony made a commitment at the beginning of this campaign that he will not go into debt," said Peggy Armstrong, the campaign's spokeswoman. "We're not taking for granted that we're going to win this campaign, so there's a lot that we're doing to work very hard to win."
Williams's report shows that the campaign has spent $40,560 for staff, including $9,000 for campaign director Cheryl Benton and $5,000 for campaign manager Warren Graves.
Armstrong said the primary showed that radio advertising, along with direct mailings and old-fashioned door-to-door campaigning, proved to be as efficient as television in reaching voters, and it cost less.
Williams also spent $2,599 to buy tickets to the Tribute to the Legacy of Marion Barry Jr., an event held to recognize Barry's years of public service.
The campaign paid $500 for a full-page campaign ad in the tribute's brochure. The advertisement congratulates Barry and contains Williams's promise to the mayor that he will strengthen the University of the District of Columbia, expand summer youth employment programs and enhance services and programs for senior citizens, "whom you love so much."
Armstrong said the money from the fund-raisers scheduled this week is needed to bolster the get-out-the-vote effort, including a rally on Sunday, buses and transportation for senior citizens, phone banks and feeding poll workers on Election Day.
"We still need more money," Armstrong said. "We have a budget projected out and fund-raisers to provide what we need to win and pay the costs for the campaign."
In other developments yesterday, Williams presented his plan for fighting the war against drug abuse in the District.
"A Williams administration will be committed to approaching the war on substance abuse in a comprehensive, organized manner that addresses prevention, treatment, safe streets and strong support services," Williams said.
He said he would put five specific remedies into action to overcome the drug problem plaguing the city: using federal money and maximizing local resources, focusing on youth services, ensuring accessibility to treatment programs, maintaining safe streets and coordinating strong support networks.
"A key goal of the Williams administration will be to get hardened drug offenders off the streets of Washington," Williams said. "The District cannot afford to surrender its streets to drug dealers and drug-addicted criminals who destroy the quality of life in every neighborhood where they live and prey on those around them." Williams said that he will also pay close attention to making drug treatment available for drug users and addicted mothers.
"Right now, there are 300 to 500 substance abusers on the waiting list who have never been in full-service treatment," Williams said. ". . . This is unacceptable."
Schwartz will release her proposal on health care during a news conference today.