Williams Has Raised $1 Million for Race
By Yolanda Woodlee
D.C. mayoral candidate Anthony A. Williams has raised $1 million since he kicked off his campaign in June, but he spent most of the money to win the Democratic primary and only has $131,000 left for the Nov. 3 general election, according to reports filed yesterday with the city's Office of Campaign Finance.
Republican Carol Schwartz lags far behind Williams in fund-raising with only $188,000, including a $25,000 personal loan. But she has $76,000 to use in the next three weeks, and she said she is undaunted by the gap in funds.
The Williams campaign put "a lot of effort into raising money," Schwartz said. "But voters can't be bought."
Williams was the city's chief financial officer until he resigned to run for mayor, and the report he turned in yesterday shows that he got financial help from one of his old bosses. Just two days after the Sept. 15 primary, Andrew F. Brimmer, the past chairman of the D.C. financial control board, gave $1,000 to the campaign.
Thomas F. Huestis, a deputy chief financial officer under Williams, also gave $1,000, and Bruce K. MacLaury, the former chairman of the D.C. school system's appointed emergency board of trustees, chipped in $200. Maximus, a McLean-based information technology consulting firm with a city contract for more than a half-million dollars, piped in $1,000 a few days before the primary. Contributors are allowed to give as much as $2,000.
As for the business community, Williams is picking up support from people who had backed some of his opponents in the primary. For example, Williams got at least $7,000 from contributors, corporations and partnerships that listed developer Richard S. Cohen's Potomac office as their address.
During the Democratic primary, candidate Jack Evans received $17,000 from contributors at the same address. Several members of the Cohen family who had given to the unsuccessful Evans campaign made personal contributions to Williams, and Cohen gave $2,000 through two different partnerships.
The John Akridge Management Co., which contributed to the primary campaigns of Evans and Kevin P. Chavous, also put $2,000 in Williams's coffers. Williams got another $2,000 from the Donohoe Cos. Inc., which had supported Evans and Harold Brazil. Robert L. Johnson, chairman and chief executive of BET Holdings, gave $2,000. His company contributed another $2,000.
Schwartz's campaign report lists a few corporate contributions for $2,000. Those giving that amount include John Akridge III, president of the management company bearing his name, and the Washington Gas Light Co. Washington Gas President James Degraffenreidt Jr., of Baltimore, gave $100.
Schwartz's and Williams's reports showed contributions from several political action committees. PACs can collect and spend unlimited amounts, while the candidates are allowed, under law, to accept no more than $2,000 from any contributor. PACs played a bigger role in the mayor's race four years ago, when contributors could give no more than $100.
Schwartz has received a total of $5,000 in PAC money. She got $2,000 from the D.C. Dental PAC and $1,000 each from the Women in the Senate & House PAC, Arnold & Porter PAC and the DC PAC, which is the political arm of the D.C. Chamber of Commerce. The chamber's PAC had endorsed Evans in the Democratic primary election.
Williams got $6,900 from political action committees this period. He received $2,000 each from the New Democrat Network and the Bell Atlantic DC Inc. PAC. The Metropolitan Washington PAC gave $1,000, as did Chevy Chase Bank PAC. The D.C. CPA PAC donated $500; and the DCNA PAC gave $400.
Williams listed $288,521 in expenditures this period, including nearly $30,000 for television advertising, $20,000 for "election day transportation" and $16,000 on a direct-mail consultant from New Brunswick, N.J. The Washington-based consulting firm Axelrod & Associates was paid $15,000.
Williams spent $8,700 in petty cash for "election day labor" and nearly $7,000 on food for campaign and poll workers on that day.
Schwartz, who is an at-large member of the D.C. Council, was unopposed in the GOP mayoral primary and spent most of her money during this reporting period on rent, printing services and campaign workers' salaries. Schwartz, who has run for office seven times -- three successfully -- has never hired a pollster. Her finance report does not reflect any big payments to downtown consulting firms.
Democrats Evans and Brazil also filed reports on their mayoral campaigns by yesterday's deadline. Chavous did not.
Brazil raised $328,472, but he is $40,000 in debt, including a $10,000 personal loan. He owes $12,000 to RMM Consulting Inc., a fund-raising firm; $4,000 to Potomoc Electric Power Co.; $7,000 to Barry Socke, a Gaithersburg consultant; and $1,525 to Systems Parking Corp.
Evans's report showed that he spent $755,500 in his unsuccessful bid for mayor. He has no debts and $4,497 in cash on hand. He returned two contributions totaling $830 -- $500 to the D.C. Firefighters C.O.P.A. and $330 to developer Herbert S. Miller.
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