Bolstered by $2,000 from herself and another $500 from her husband, D.C. Statehood Party candidate Hilda Mason is the leading fund raiser among candidates in the July 19 special City Council election who have filed campaign disclosure reports.
Mason has raise $4,050, according to a report filed June 10 by her campaign committee with the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics, Republican Paul Hays reported raising $2,396; independent Susan Truitt received $2,075, and former D.C. school superintendent Barbara Sizemore, who is also running as an independent, received $1,473.
In dependent James Clark was the only other candidate to file the report by the June 10 deadline. He said he had received no contributions, spent no money, but plans to spend $5,000. No reports were filed by Statehood Party candidates Leo A Murray and Frank E. Sewell, Jr., Susan Pennington of the U.S. Labor Party, and independents Richard Clark and Wade H. Jefferson.
In past years, successful at-large candidates for the City Council have spent anywhere from $5,000 to $25,000 and more in campaigns. But in the race to fill the vacancy created by the death March 23 of Julius Hobson Sr., far less money is expected to be spent and fewer voters are expected to participate in the election.
There are no Democrats in the special election because city law prohibits any one party from holding more than two of the four at-large seats on the Council. The Democrats already have two at-large Council members - Marion Barry and Douglas E. Moore.
Mason has also received $1.090 in unitemized contributions and four other donations - all of $100 or more - including $100 each from D.C. Gazette publisher and Statehood Party member Sam Smith and City Council member Polly Shackleton (D-three). All but $351 of the money has been spent by the Mason organization.
The largest contribution to Hays, who has 14 individual donors, the highest among the Council candidates, came from the D.C. Republican committee, which gave $1,000. He also received $500 from DQCPAC, the political arm of the D.C. Medical Society, and $250 from William Cooper, a member of the Republican Central Committee.
Nearly all of candidate Truitt's money was donated by two persons - $1,500 from herself and $500 from lawyer J. E. Bindeman, a Republican and former chairman of the D.C. Elections Board. Less than half of Truitt's money has been spent.
Sizemore's $1,473 was given or lent by 10 persons.About one-fourth of the money came from the candidate herself. Other contributors include Howard University political scientist Ronald Walters, who donated $100.
The June 10 report were the first ones filed by the candidates and include fund raising activities during the earliest phase and traditionally slowest period of campaigning.
Many of the candidates are still in the process of opening offices, drawing up position papers and lining up support. Thus significant indications of each candidate's real fund-raising potential are not expected to come until the next required financial reports are filed early next month.