In the Ward 1 City Council race, Democratic incumbent David A. Clarke has reported more than $10,000 in contributions in his reelection bid, according to recent financial reports.
His major opponent, Democrat Frank Smith Jr., has reported nearly $3,000 in contributions and $2,858.97 in expenditures.
The other four candidates, two Democrats, a Socialist Workers Party member and a U.S. Labor Party member, either listed small contributions or had not filed recent finance reports with the Board of Election and Ethics by the Aug. 10 deadline.
Clarke's contribution came from ticket sales from two birthday party fundraisers held in 1976 and 1977 and from individual contributions received later, according to his report. Although his committee has incurred more than $3,000 in loans Clarke and his wife Carole have made to the campaign, the Aug. 10 report showed a committee cash balance of $5,638.36 after expenditures.
Most of Clarke's expenditures have been for mailing costs, office supplies and campaign buttons and posters.
Many small donations, totaling more than $3,000 in unitemized contributions, "came from ward mail-in (contributions) and fundraisers," said Clarke. "We had hoped to get back the cost of the mailing from the mail-in (contributions). But we got more than twice that."
In recent months, $1,900 has come into the campaign pot through $100 and $200 contributions from the Lawyers for Clarke Committee.
Other persons contributing $100 or more to Clarke's campaign include City Council member Polly Shackleton (D-Ward 3), school board member Betty Ann Kane, corporation heads John W. Hechinger, of Hechinger, and Joseph B. Danzansky, of Giant Foods Inc., the International Brotherhood of Police Officers, and the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, the city's major gay rights political organization.
Democrat Calvin O. Wingfield, an employe at the Department of Agriculture for 22 years, said his campaign has been hurt by the Hatch Act. Wingfield said the act has kept numerous fellow federal employes who support him from becoming active in his campaign. However, he could only attribute his meager contributions to broken "promises," since the Hatch Act does not prohibit federal employes from making political contributions.
Wingfield's financial report showed he has received about $300 in individual contributions. However, Wingfield also has a $700 debt from a June disco fundraiser that only raised $175 in ticket sales.
"We gave a disco and it went under," said Wingfield. "A lot of promises (to sell tickets) were made and then at the last minute they (the ticket sellers) brought them back."
Undaunted, Wingfield said supporters are now selling tickets at $14.50 each to a picnic-fundraiser at Delaware State Park for Aug. 19.
"This time we're not biting off more than we can chew," he said. "I'm hoping this will bail us out."
Financial reports from U.S. Labor Party candidate Suzanne Klebe showed $25 in contributions and $23 in expenditures for leaflets.
Socialist Worker Party member Antonio J. Grillo claimed a financial exemption stating that he would spend less than $250 on his campaign.
Smith reported $2,250 in itemized contributions and $650 in unitemized contributions raised through small, individual donations and two July fundraisers at the Foxtrappe and Seraph, a Georgetown arts and crafts gallery.
Many of his early itemized funds came from $100 and $200 contributions made by research fellows at the Public Resource Center, where Smith is board chairman, and from a $500 contribution Smith made to the campaign.
Other contributions, most of them in $100 and $200 chunks, he said came from friends in Washington, New York, Maryland and Georgia, including a $50 contribution from Atlanta City Council member Carl Ware.
Smith said he has not canvassed for funds by mail but has received a few small, unsolicited contributions from Ward 1 supporters.
A large portion ($600) of Smith's reported expenditures has gone to a campaign supporter, Norman Kelley, for consulting services.
"He did a lot of leg work, walking the streets, talking to people and putting up posters, when I wasn't doing some work myself," said Smith.
Other major expenditures went toward expenses for the fundraisers, campaign mailing cost, telephone work, posters, bumper stickers and campaign buttons.
Wallace said he did not file a financial statement because of his low-profile campaign. He said he has not asked for contributions, has received none and has spent no money.
"Actually I'm beginning very slowly," he said. "At this point there's no organization (to the campaign). It's just a one-man operation.
Perhaps responding to Clarke's campaign slogan - "He stood up for you. Now you can stand up for him" - Larry Simon, president of the policeman's union, said the police officers are supporting Clarke because he "has always been interested in legislation for the police officers."
David A. Ryan, president of the Fire Fighters Association Local 36, echoed Simon's sentiments.
"He (Clarke) is chairman of the judiciary committee that oversees our budget requests. Our budget has not been severly cut since he took over the committee," said Ryan.
"If a person feels they can buy people, they contribute," said Wingfield sourly. However, Wingfield was quick to add that he wouldn't frown on contributions from monied interests under the right circunstances.
"It looks like I'm going to have to solicit some of their (business and labors) assistance," said Wingfield. "If it means I'm going to have to change my ideas or certain issues, I'll have to forget it."
The personal financial reports showed Clarke with a 1977 income of $26,925.60, solely from his council salary, and financial assets of more than $104,000, resulting from the purchase and rehabilitation of two homes he bought last year in the Mount Pleasant area. He lives in one house and rents the other.
His liabilities include a loan of nearly $89,000 from the Riggs National Bank to finance the purchase and rehabilitation of the homes and a business loss of about $400 in attorney fees.
Wingfield listed a 1977 salary as an assistant property management specialist at USDA as $9,976.44. He said his 1977 income also included about $6,000 from part-time work as cab driver. His assets include a 1974 Plymouth Fury and an antique piano, valued at $1,500 each, and a $40,000 six-room brick house. Liabilities total $29,000 from a USDA credit union loan and a note on his house.
Wallace reported no income in 1977 and 1978 other than welfare assistance. The other three candidates, Smith, Klebe and Grillo, have not yet filed public financial disclosures.
Smith said he filed a confidential financial report but did not file a public report because he was not aware it was required.
Lindell Tinsley, director at the Office of Campaign Finance, said various Ward 1 candidates would soon be receiving pre-conference hearing notices so that the office could review their files.
Tinsley would not say which Ward 1 candidates would be receiving the notices. He said, however, that various information, including public and confidential personal finance statements, should have been filed with the campaign finance office within 30 days after a candidate registered.