Overkill: Candidate Schor outspent Brown Clarke by over $200,000
April 11, 2018
I realize that the election has been over since November, but the final campaign finance reports didnít come in until early December. They show that new Lansing mayor Andy Schor spent a total of $285,578, over $200,000 more than Judi Brown Clarke. Here are the totals from the two candidates' 2017 campaign finance reports. Click on a reporting period to see the actual report.
*Includes $90,000 transferred from state representative campaign account.
Here are the vote counts from the Ingham County Clerk's website:
This means Brown Clarke spent $16.96 per vote and Schor spent $23.02.
156 individuals and PACs contributed over $500 to the Schor campaign. Here they are in 3 sequences:
How does one spend $285,000 on a Lansing mayoral campaign? $160,000 was for "consulting." Here are the consulting expenditures in 2 sequences:
Two "consultants" ended up on the new mayor's staff. This is from the Lansing City Pulse's 11/7/2017 election issue:
I just don't understand the need for all that money. The City Pulse predicted a Schor win soon after Virg Bernero announced he wasn't running. Schor could have won easily with the $90,000 left over from his state representative campaign account. Is it to scare away future challengers by showing how much money he can raise?