Cash flows for council hopefuls
- Todd Murphy
- Portland Tribune - News
Leonard, Cruz raise Ñ and spend Ñ a combined $300,000 in last month
Labor groups Ñ especially the Portland firefighters union Ñ continue to pour money into Randy Leonard's City Council campaign, while Serena Cruz has raised tens of thousands of dollars from developers and construction firms, according to their latest campaign finance reports.
Cruz and Leonard, who are in the Nov. 5 runoff for a vacant City Council seat, together have raised about $300,000 for their campaigns in the last month, according to their reports. They each have each raised and spent more than $300,000 in the last several months in their efforts to win the council seat.
Through Sunday, Leonard had raised more than $369,000 and spent more than $367,000. Cruz had raised almost $342,000 and spent about $314,000.
The latest campaign finance reports were due Thursday afternoon. Cruz and Leonard provided copies or summaries of their reports before the Tribune's deadline.
Leonard raised more than $140,000 during the latest campaign reporting period Ñ from Sept. 20 through Oct. 20 Ñ including another $21,200 from Portland Metro Firefighters, the political arm of the firefighters union. Leonard, a fire bureau lieutenant, is a former president of the union. He has raised $57,000 from the group during his City Council campaign Ñ more than any recent council candidate has raised from a nonfamily source.
In total, Leonard has raised more than $110,000 from labor groups.
Leonard also spent $140,000 during the reporting period from Sept. 20 to Sunday.
Cruz, a Multnomah County commissioner, raised more than $158,000 during the same reporting period. Major contributions to her campaign included $8,000 from Leland Larson; $5,000 from Robert Pamplin Jr.'s R.B. Pamplin Corp. (Pamplin owns the Portland Tribune); $5,000 from engineering contractor Stacy and Witbeck, Inc.; and $5,000 Ñ including a $1,000 loan Ñ from developer Homer Williams and his companies.
Cruz spent more than $153,000 during the reporting period.