BWL Campaign Contributions to Mayor Bernero

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The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) does not represent City of Lansing employees. The only unions that represent City employees are the Teamsters, the UAW, the FOP, and IAFF. Still, Virg Bernero has received $16,250 from the IBEW-COPE PAC in his last two campaigns for Lansing mayor. The IBEW is, of course, the union for hourly workers at the Board of Water and Light, whose board of commissioners is appointed by the mayor. Together, the IBEW-COPE PAC and BWL employees and their spouses have contributed over $25,000 to Bernero's mayoral campaigns since 2005:

Contributor

Date

$Amount

IBEW-COPE MI
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 

Note: A second $4750 contribution on 7/16/09 was reported, but was also reported as paid back by the Bernero campaign the same day.

7/11/2005

900.00

10/4/2005

9100.00

1/24/2008

250.00

5/21/2008

1000.00

2/19/2009

250.00

7/16/2009

4750.00

Ronald J. Byrnes,
Business Agent, IBEW Local 352

2/11/2009

200.00

10/8/2009 20.00

John P. Lark,  
BWL Director 

8/10/2007

250.00

12/10/2007

250.00

6/24/2008

125.00

3/07/2009

125.00

Susan Lark -
Same  address as John P. (Peter) Lark 

9/10/2008

200.00

3/7/2009

800.00

George Stojic, Executive Director of Strategic Planning and Development 9/18/2009 20.00

Mark Nixon,
Communications Director 

1/4/2008

125.00

1/25/2009

125.00

9/15/2009 20.00

Cheval Breggins,
Community Liaison

1/18/2008

125.00

6/24/2008

125.00

1/19/2009

125.00

3/7/2009

200.00

10/5/2009 20.00

Sherri Peffley -
Same address as Richard Peffley, Executive Director, Water Operations & Special Projects 

8/12/2003

1000.00

12/13/2007

125.00

1/13/2009

125.00

3/7/2009

200.00

9/28/2009 20.00

Wayne Ekren
Related to Brandie Ekren, General Counsel?

1/16/2009

125.00

9/15/2009 20.00

Michael E. Flowers
Director, Human Resources

1/19/2009

125.00

3/7/2009

200.00

10/7/2009 20.00

Douglas Wood,
Executive Director of Electric Operations

1/28/2008

125.00

6/24/2008

125.00

1/18/2009

125.00

3/7/2009

200.00

9/29/2009 20.00

Calvin L. Jones,
Director, Public Relations, Diversity and Organization Development

1/12/2009

125.00

3/7/2009

200.00

10/13/2009 40.00

Frank Lain,
BWL Commissioner

1/20/2009

125.00

Sue Warren,
Manager, Marketing and Business Strategy

1/26/2009

125.00

James Dravenstat-Moceri,
Field Services Leader Customer Accounts

2/14/2009

200.00

Rhonda F.  Jones,
Corporate Secretary

1/26/2009

125.00

Kevin Eva -
Retired (related to Gennie Eva, Financial Service Manager?)

1/26/2009

125.00

Susan Devon,
Finance Director

8/15/2007

125.00

1/19/2008

125.00

6/24/2008

125.00

9/10/2008

200.00

1/14/2009

425.00

John S. Devon -
Retired; same address as Susan Devon

2/13/2009

1000.00

Taylor A. Heins,
Go Green Director

1/22/2009

200.00

1/26/2009

200.00

Christopher Thompson, Manager ? 10/7/2009 130.00

 

Total:

$25,255

In addition to campaign contributions, there was the mysterious $2500 check from the BWL that ended up in the mayor's 527 account. It was a story about that in the Lansing State Journal that made me aware of Mayor Bernero's City Administrative Fund.

The IBEW-COPE also makes contributions to City Council candidates: 

BRIAN C. JEFFRIES

7/11/2005

$400

JOHN POLLARD

7/20/2005

$300

DERRICK QUINNEY

11/7/2007

$1000

HAROLD LEEMAN JR.

11/7/2007

$600

CAROL WOOD

4/26/2006

$500

CAROL WOOD

2/26/2007

$1500

Councilwoman Carol Wood is now running for mayor. She got past the August 4 primary and now faces incumbent Virg Bernero in the general election. On 7/15/09, she received a $8500 contribution from IBEW-COPE, but has received nothing from anyone else connected to the BWL. The Lansing State Journal printed a "clarification" on 9/29/09 saying that the contribution came from the IBEW's Washington, D.C. office and was requested by IBEW Local 665, not IBEW Local 352, which represents BWL workers.