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Non-candidate Virg Bernero rakes in $41,300 at breakfast

July 29, 2014

 

Lansing mayor Virg Bernero, who isn't up for re-election until 2017, took in $41,300 in contributions in the first half of 2014.

 

A report submitted to the Ingham County clerk by the "Virg Bernero for Lansing" campaign committee for the period 11/26/2013-7/20/2014 shows total contributions of $41,300 and expenditures totaling $27,178.35. The ending balance on the report is $55,773.83. However, when I add up the expenditures I get $32,820.23, so that ending balance may not be quite that much. I've prepared my own presentation of the contribution and expenditure records from the report:

Contributions

Expenditures

The last page of the report claims that all the contributions came from a single "SOC Breakfast" fundraiser held at the Radisson Hotel on January 26, 2014. 75 individuals attended, making 111 contributions.

 

If you are wondering how $32,820.23 was spent by the campaign 3 years before the election, here is a summary:

$13,388.00

 on consultation, including $9,638 for contract employees

$6,833.17

 to rent the Radisson for that fundraiser

$3,394.45

 on food, including $2,237.25 at Great Harvest Bread on 12/16/2013

$1,090.00

 on charitable contributions, which shows Virg is generous with other people's money

$450.00

 on tickets for other candidates' fundraisers

$7,664.61

 other

Reports to the IRS for the mayor's 527 account, the "City Administrative Fund", have also been submitted for the first half of 2014. $11,300 in contributions were received and $5,247 was spent, mostly on food. The ending balance in that account is $48,743. Read all about it here.

 

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