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

Originally posted July 29, 2014; updated September 26, 2014


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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:



(Note: A corrected report was submitted 9/4/2014 with expenditure total $32,820.23. The new ending balance is $50,131.95. You're welcome, Virg.)


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:


 on consultation, including $9,638 for contract employees


 to rent the Radisson for that fundraiser


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


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


 on tickets for other candidates' fundraisers



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 was received and $5,247 was spent, mostly on food. The ending balance in that account is $48,743. Read all about it here.