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  •   Williams Leads Rivals in Money Raising

    By Yolanda Woodlee
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Wednesday, September 9, 1998; Page B05

    A week before the District's primary election, campaign finance reports filed by Democratic mayoral candidates Anthony A. Williams and Jack Evans indicate they each have raised more than $700,000 and have more than $80,000 on hand to spend in the final days of the campaign.

    Williams, a late entry into the race, took the overall fund-raising lead, outpacing his opponents' fund-raising efforts by almost 4 to 1 in the month before yesterday's deadline for filing campaign finance reports. He raised $303,000, compared with $78,465 for Evans, $77,197 for Kevin P. Chavous and $43,639 for Harold Brazil.

    The new contributions brought Chavous's fund-raising total for the campaign to more than $450,000 and Brazil's campaign total to almost $300,000.

    Williams reported having $97,500 on hand for the final week of the campaign. Evans had $83,000, Chavous $66,000 and Brazil $36,000.

    Williams reported paying the District-based consulting firm Axelrod and Associates more than $178,600 for media expenses, including $82,000 last Thursday to buy television advertising.

    Williams spent almost $50,000 for direct mailings, $11,000 for postage and an additional $40,000 for polling. The report shows that Williams paid $25,000 for a phone bank to contact voters and $7,000 to pay campaign workers to pass out his literature.

    In his second finance filing since entering the race in June, Williams, the former D.C. chief financial officer, indicated raising a total of $733,000.

    Nearly $90,000 of Williams's campaign funds came from corporate contributors, including some who also have been supportive of other mayoral candidates. For example, Williams received at least $4,000 from two corporations affiliated with Lewis Shrensky and Jose Rodrigues. Their Fort Myer Construction Co. has paving contracts with the city that have brought in nearly $50 million in the last 18 months.

    Evans, who kicked off his fund-raising late last year, has raised $722,000.

    Evans's biggest expense as reported in this filing was nearly $24,000 to District-based consultant firm Crounse and Malchow for mailing consulting. That expense was followed by $13,000 to Campaigns Online, for Web site consulting. He spent an additional $12,000 for polling.

    Chavous has raised $454,876. He has $66,393 in cash on hand and still has a debt of $25,000 -- a personal loan to his campaign in August. His major expenses include $15,000 to Boston-based firm Kiley & Co. for polling and $6,300 to Custom Computers Inc. for computer services. An additional $8,300 went for campaign materials and $1,500 for printing costs.

    Brazil's fund-raising topped out at $297,508, with his expenditures amounting to $261,570. He is left with $35,938. His biggest expenditure was $10,000 -- half the balance of his $20,000 outstanding personal loan. His other expenses included $7,500 to the District-based polling firm Lester and Associates. He paid $8,000 to RMM Consulting Inc., a fund-raising firm that places 15 calls an hour to a cross section of voters in the District.

    The Brazil campaign spent $4,800 on mass mailing. One of the biggest expenses for campaign workers was $3,000 to Anita Bonds, his former campaign manager who since left the campaign and now is working for Chavous. All of the candidates had expenses for rent and paid thousands of dollars for "services" or consultants, the politically fashionable way to describe payments to campaign workers. They spent thousands on mobile phones and office supplies.

    This is the first campaign since 1990 where contributors are allowed to give as much as $2,000. The legal limit on contributions in the 1994 mayor's race was $100. As council members, Evans and Brazil supported returning the limit to $2,000 because they said that campaign costs had increased tremendously and that the candidates needed to be able to raise enough money to reach voters citywide.

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