Dooley, Stenger Spar Over Campaign Finance Reports
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Fourth Quarter campaign financial reports were filed by both County Executive Charlie Dooley and Democratic Challenger Steve Stenger Wednesday and the two are already disputing one another’s figures.
Dooley’s Campaign Manager Damion Trasada claims Stenger is not ahead in money contributions if you take away Stenger’s $200,000 loan to his own campaign.
“We are highlighting the fact that Steve Stenger’s biggest campaign contributor thus far is himself.” said Trasada.
Stenger countered “He is absolutely incorrect in that statement.” Stenger’s campaign says it was more like a $100,000 loan to his own campaign, and Stenger says even without that loan he, Stenger, is ahead (in campaign contributions) by a margin of 2-to-1.
“I raised approximately $225,000. He raised $109,000.” Stenger told KMOX News.
Dooley’s campaign manager claims $115,000 in contributions in the fourth quarter. Stenger says that figure claimed by Dooley counts ‘in kind’ contributions.
Dooley also claims broad based grassroots support, saying more than half of his 116 contributors in the fourth quarter gave $500 or less.
“If that’s what he’s saying, he’s a grassroots candidate, I would say that at $109,000 it very well may be that he may no longer be a candidate” Stenger told KMOX.
A release from Executive Charlie Dooley’s campaign reports he has $458,000 cash on hand and has raised $775,000 to date. Dooley claims $115,000 in contributions in the fourth quarter from 116 contributors. He says the average monetary contribution was $956.00 but that one third of the contributors gave $100 or less and that more than half gave less than $500. Dooley claims his campaign has no debt.
St. Louis County Councilman Steve Stenger reports raising $227,083. last quarter. The campaign also reported having $638,158. cash on hand at the beginning of 2014. Stenger’s campaign said “Citizens for Stenger’s outperformance of Dooley’s campaign in fund raising is due in part to a growing number of larger contributions in the amount of more than $5,000 each from concerned key donors, groups, organizations and businesses.”
Dooley’s manager Trasada said “We have a broad base of grassroots support, labor support, and the business community.”