On January 15th, every campaign committee registered with the State Board of Elections had to file a quarterly report detailing all campaign contributions received and money spent for the last quarter of 2015 (October 1-December 31). All 50 Aldermen had to file these reports, although one, Ald. Derrick Curtis (18), did not.
Here’s a link to our full spreadsheet, including contributions, expenditures, and funds at the start and end of the quarter
This is what we found:
Ald. Matt O’Shea (19) reported the biggest difference. He finished out the quarter $79,464.44 less than he started.
Ald. Brendan Reilly (42) spent the most money: $123,121.56. While Ald. Marty Quinn (13) spent the least: a whopping zero dollars, which is also the amount he fundraised. But despite the lack of money raised, Quinn did not finish out the quarter with the least amount of money. Three Aldermen closed out the quarter in the red: Ald. David Moore (17) reported a negative balance of -$6,631.49; Ald. Willie Cochran (20) was -$3,682.34 in the red; and Ald. Ricardo Munoz (22) closed out with a negative balance of -$1,944.06
In terms of “Total Receipts” for the quarter, which is a tally of all individual contributions, transfers in, and miscellaneous contributions (excluding “in kind” contributions), Ald. Ed Burke (14) fundraised the most: $366,000.00. Ald. Brendan Reilly (42) trailed behind with $227,238.62, followed by neighboring Ald. Brian Hopkins (2) who reported $122,850.00, and Ald. Pat Dowell (3) with $107,030.00.
The top spenders, in terms of total reported expenditures, were: Ald. Brendan Reilly (42) ($123,121.56), Ald. Matt O’Shea (19) ($122,539.44), Ald. Ed Burke (14) ($113,915.42), Ald. Brian Hopkins (2) at ($77,521.98).
Three aldermen, Joe Moreno (1), Ameya Pawar (47), and Brendan Reilly (42), racked up a total of $2,478.25 in Uber charges. Ald. Reilly also racked up $240 in four separate charges to the Chicago Transit Authority.
Only one alderman, Brendan Reilly, used personal campaign funds at a liquor store (Washington Square Liquors, Inc.). In eight separate charges, Reilly spent a total of $1,256.40 in alcohol for meetings and one holiday party.
Aldermen spent a cumulative $5,337 in charges to NGP VAN, “the leading technology provider to Democratic and progressive campaigns and organizations, offering clients an integrated platform of the best fundraising, compliance, field organizing, new media, and social networking products,”according to their website. It’s the same company involved in the Bernie Sanders-Hillary Clinton data breach. Ald. Tom Tunney (44), John Arena (45),James Cappleman (46), and Brendan Reilly (42) paid the company for “database services.” Ald. Michelle Smith (43) used the company for “technical services,” Ald. Rod Sawyer (6) for “robo calls,” and Ald. Will Burns (4) for “website.”
$41,750 went to KJD Strategies, a fundraising and campaign consulting firm founded by Katelynd Duncan in 2011. The home page features a picture of Duncan with a very cheerful Mayor Rahm Emanuel and City Clerk Susana Mendoza. Ald. Joe Moreno (1), Brian Hopkins (2), Will Burns (4), and Joe Moore (49) all used the company’s services.
$844 is how much two aldermen, Toni Foulkes (16) and Ameya Pawar (47), spent on parking at Government Center Self Park near City Hall last quarter.
Ald. Gregory Mitchell reported one expense: a $500 charge to Caribbean restaurant Banana Leaf for a holiday party.
DEBTS: Ald. Anthony Beale (9) loaned himself $3,000 on Oct. 14, 2015. Ald. Ariel Reboyras (30) has an outstanding loan from the now defunct Hispanic Democratic Organization. The original amount he received in January of 2003 was $15,000, and the remaining balance is $5,000.
Ald. Michelle Harris (8) created a new campaign committee, Citizens for Michelle Harris on January 7, 2016.