Mayor Ron Corbett has raised $74,125 in new contributions for his re-election bid to go with $3,180 he’s had on hand at the start of this mayoral campaign.
His challenger, Greg Hughes, and other city candidates have until 5 p.m. Thursday to report contributions and/or expenditures to the Iowa Ethics & Campaign Disclosure Board if they have raised or spent more than $750.
Hughes has said he doesn’t expect to raise a large amount of campaign money.
Corbett’s campaign war chest this year is smaller than the one he amassed in 2009 when he raised a record for a Cedar Rapids mayoral campaign of $129,317.
He went on in November 2009 to defeat at-large City Council member Brian Fagan, who raised $37,726 to go with $2,748 that he had on hand from his 2005 council victory.
“Four years ago, I was the challenger and had been out of the public eye for close to six years,” Corbett, a former speaker of the Iowa House and former president of the Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, said on Tuesday. “So I had to reintroduce myself to the community four years ago.
“The last four years, I’ve had the advantage of being the incumbent, so I didn’t feel like I needed to purchase as much television as I did four years ago.”
Corbett said the contributions this year have come from the same coalition of individuals, business and unions that contributed to his campaign in 2009.
“I have a lot of the labor unions, especially the building and trades behind me,” he said. “I think I’ve followed through on my commitment to buy local, build local and employ local. And I have strong support from the business community. They like the fact that we’ve had this ‘open-for-business’ philosophy in the city.”
Corbett has been raising campaign funds throughout 2012, with the first contribution dated on April 8 and contributions coming in each month since.
In total, he has received 249 contributions, most from couples and individuals.
The largest contributions are $4,000 from the Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Local 125; $3,000 from the IBEW PAC Education Fund; $2,500 from Frantz Ventures LLC, Northbrook, Ill.; and $2,000 from the Cedar Rapids Trades Council CR IC, from Edgewood Station LLC, and from the Ironworkers Local 89 Political Education Fund.
Those who contributed $1,000 are: William Barnes; Gray Venture Partners LLC; Jon Dusek and Dina Igram; Kevin Powell; Robert and Jacqueline Brimmer; Duane Smith; Ace and Polly Aossey; the Operating Engineers Local 234 Political Fund; Frew Development Group; David Brown; David and Teresa Murray; Julie and Thomas Day; Zinser Grading and Excavating Inc.; Ron Olson or Susanna Olson Rev. Trust; John Riccolo; Donald and Andrea Vogt; Joseph and Kathy Patten; the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters PAC.
In raising $129,317 in contributions in 2009, Corbett outdid Lee Clancey, who raised $123,714 in 2001 in her unsuccessful effort to win a fourth term as mayor. Paul Pate, who raised about $80,000 that year, defeated her.