Monday, July 12, 2010

Council Candidates Lead Campaign Spending

Monday was the deadline for candidates running for office in Putnam County to file their second quarter campaign finance reports, and while some candidates missed the deadline, a review of the reports turned in shows that the Cookeville city council race has seen the most money spent so far. Ten people are vying for the five council seats and, collectively, they have spent more than $50,000 on their campaigns. The top spender among the nine candidates who filed a timely report was Jim Woodford, who had more than $13,000 in expenditures between April 1st and June 30th. Connie Albrecht reported spending just over $11,600; while John Donnelly and Matt Swallows each had expenditures of about $6,500. Larry Epps, Alma Anderson, and Anthony C. Maxwell had spending reports in the range of $3,500. Zach "Papa" Bollen reported just over $1,300 in expenditures while Paul Spite reported total expenditures of just $38. He would normally have been exempt from filing a report, except that reports are required for any office paying at least $500 a month -- and that is what the monthly compensation is for council members.