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Candidates spent heavily at end

Published 7:28pm Saturday, January 5, 2013

Campaign finance reports for local candidates in the period surrounding the November election reveal heavy spending on advertising and reimbursements for poll workers, especially for those in heavily contested races.

Mayor Linda T. Johnson, who emerged victorious in the mayor’s race, was the most prodigious, dropping more than $33,000 to Creative Direct for direct-mail fliers on Nov. 25.

She also gave $100 to each of 16 poll workers and spent $400 on lunch and breakfast for them, as well as $1,300 on food and beverages for her victory party at The First Lady.

Her challenger, Leroy Bennett, had more poll workers and paid them better. A total of 56 poll workers received payments of $125 each.

The Nansemond Borough race proved neither incumbency nor spending a lot of money guarantees a candidate the election. Robert Barclay spent $12,837 in the waning days of the campaign, but challenger Lue Ward won after spending less than a tenth of that amount during this reporting period, which lasted from Oct. 25 to Nov. 29.

In the Sleepy Hole Borough, eventual winner Roger Fawcett paid $16,650 to Creative Direct for mailings. One of his competitors, Raymond Batton, spent only $9,200 during the period, mostly on advertising and consulting.

In the Whaleyville Borough, incumbent Curtis Milteer paid $110 each to 13 poll workers, even though he was unopposed.

 

Mayoral candidates

Leroy Bennett

Itemized contributions (More than $100)

Susie Bennett — $200

Richard and Jennifer Pond — $500

Thomas Woodward Jr. — $1,000

Total – $1,700

Un-itemized cash contributions ($100 or less) — 6 for $550

Expenditures

Clarence Lee – supplies – $77.68

Thelma Hinton – information and lit drop – $500

Mac’s Inc. – supplies – $1,025.44

Mac’s Inc. – copies – $100

Yvonne Green – supplies – $382.50

Barbara Miller – supply (TV) – $51.91

Leroy Bennett – loan repay – $2,000

Marquie Cooke – poll worker – $125

Vernetta Williams – poll worker – $125

Stephanie Boone – poll worker – $125

Anthony Johnson – poll worker – $125

Cheryl Small – poll worker – $125

Timothy Craig – poll worker – $125

Patrica Briggs – poll worker – $125

Meurial Daniel – poll worker – $125

Richelle Edwards – poll worker – $125

Marilyn Downing – poll worker – $125

Dennis Richard – poll worker – $125

Rick Cofield – poll worker – $125

Laverne Weaver – poll worker – $125

Moses Riddick – poll worker – $125

Katina Bess-Riddick – poll worker – $125

Derevin Mills – poll worker – $125

Breon Gray – poll worker – $125

Ramos Whitfield – poll worker – $125

Phyllis Johnson – poll worker – $125

Davey Bellamy – poll worker – $125

David Baker – poll worker – $125

Brittany Mamley – poll worker – $125

Larry Goodman – poll worker – $125

Carrie Scarry – poll worker – $125

Kim Cannon – poll worker – $125

Raymond Gray – poll worker – $125

Michelle Daughtrey – poll worker – $125

Rosenna Boone – poll worker – $125

Ivey Hill – poll worker – $125

Terry Hinton – poll worker – $125

Daryl Copeland – poll worker – $125

C. Johnson – poll worker – $125

Joseph Stokes – poll worker – $125

Leroy Park – poll worker – $125

Thomas Evans – poll worker – $125

Queenie Kearney – poll worker – $125

Vanessa Newsome – poll worker – $125

Stacey Manley – poll worker – $125

Willie Baker – poll worker – $125

Sandra Baker – poll worker – $125

Kerry Easton – poll worker – $125

Elsie Phelps – poll worker – $125

Lamont Turner – poll worker – $125

Gerrie Norman – poll worker – $125

Shameka Gors – poll worker – $125

Ronnie Cumming – poll worker – $125

Lewis Knight – poll worker – $125

Tammie Opargi – poll worker – $125

Sonia Riddick – poll worker – $125

Clarence Lee – poll worker/supplies – $300

Caroline Williams – poll worker – $125

Wallace Lewis – poll worker – $125

Vondra Hicks – poll worker – $125

Wyne White – poll worker – $125

Sharon Eaton – poll worker – $125

Anne Hill – poll worker – $125

Magnolia Ruritan Club – meeting rental – $150

Mac’s Inc. – supplies – $581.44

Clarence Lee – reimbursement for van – $150

Xenith Bank – stop check fee – $35

Total — $12,228.97

Total receipts this cycle — $32,025.10

 

Arthur Bredemeyer

Itemized contributions (More than $100)

Jack Eure — $1,000

Total – $1,000

Un-itemized cash contributions ($100 or less) — 7 for $366.97

Expenditures

Davis Creative – card design – $250

Jim Robb Public Affairs – consulting – $2,000

Jim Robb Public Affairs – reimburse expenses – $816.98

Landmark Strategies – phone calls – $690.83

Andrew Owen – consulting – $250

Total — $4,007.84

Unpaid loans — $6,900 from self

Total receipts this cycle — $12,413.36

 

Linda Johnson

Itemized contributions (More than $100)

Gerald Britt — $200

Richard R. Harrell — $1,000

Robert G. Marcus — $500

John Wright — $1,500

TitleQuest — $250

Total — $3,450

Expenditures

Mickey Boyette, The First Lady – food and beverage – $1,300

C3 Vino – lunches for Election Day – $199.50

Copico – handouts for polls – $330.75

Creative Direct – direct mail fliers – $33,555

Cash to Linda Johnson – $100 payment to 16 poll workers, lunch and breakfast for workers – $2,000

Suffolk News-Herald – full page color ad – $2,883.15

Total — $40,268.40

Total receipts this cycle — $72,672.54

 

City Council — Nansemond Borough

Robert Barclay

Itemized contributions (More than $100)

Dynamic Homes Corporation — $250

W. Thomas Parker — $150

Dr. Gary E. Taylor — $100

Total — $500

Expenditures

Suffolk News-Herald – email advertising – $150

Media Directions Inc. – mailer/postage – $2,343.66

Media Directions Inc. – mailers/postage – $5,796.37

Eric Payne Consulting Inc. – consulting – $2,000

Craig K. Bieber – consulting – $1,400

Paypal – transfer expense – $28.08

Economy Printing – ballots – $161.65

Results Oriented Inc. – canvassing – $500

Paypal – transfer expense – $7.43

David Lewis – poll worker – $100

Sonya Lewis – poll worker – $100

Jeanette Blackmon – poll worker – $100

Frostt Salem – canvassing – $150

Total — $12,837.19

Total receipts this cycle — $35,875.27

 

Lue Ward

Itemized contributions (More than $100)

Paul Giles — $200

Total — $200

Un-itemized cash contributions ($100 or less) — 2 for $110

Expenditures

Democratic Party of Virginia – VAN system – $150

Exxon Mobil – gas for campaigning/travel – $77

Embroidery Etc. – campaign hats – $116.02

Hilton Garden Inn – victory party – $133.34

Office Max – 250 fliers – $26.25

Office Max – 200 fliers – $26.02

Exxon Mobil – gas – $49

Office Max – 100 fliers – $10.50

Suffolk Post Office – six stamps – $2.64

VistaPR website – website package – $30.80

Office Max – fliers – $100

Office Max – fliers – $126

Office Max – 5,000 fliers – $414.28

Suntrust – bank fees – $38

Total — $1,250.83

Total receipts this cycle — $2407.09

 

City Council — Sleepy Hole borough

Kevin Alston

Itemized contributions

Self — $200

Un-itemized cash contributions — None this period

Expenditures

Stacey Eley-Stokes – mileage, meals, travel from Richmond to work polls – $120

Copico – sample ballots – $71.04

Subway – supper for poll workers – $103.93

Sandra Alston – breakfast for poll workers – $17.55

Total — $312.56

Total receipts this cycle — $2,100

 

Raymond Batton

Itemized contributions (More than $100) — None

Un-itemized cash contributions ($100 or less) — None

Expenditures

Economy Printing – advertising – $1,666.99

Farm Fresh – food – $599.86

Greg Parker – campaign event – $300

Hypertext Group – advertising – $99

Economy Printing – advertising – $2,129.69

Facebook – advertising – $3.57

Facebook – advertising – $35.90

Cardell Patillo – canvassers – $1,350

Cyber Source – credit card – $57.83

Authorized.net – website – $50

Facebook – advertising – $30.34

Facebook – advertising – $36.14

Farm Fresh – food – $70.56

Pizza Hut – food – $75.39

Aerial Banner Services – advertising – $700

Company Public Affairs – consulting – $1,000

Changescape Web – web service – $300

Landmark Strategies – phone calls – $236.57

Company Public Affairs – travel for Jim Ross – $457.29

Total — $9,199.13

Total receipts this cycle — $66,385.19

 

Roger Fawcett

Itemized contributions (More than $100)

Jason Fawcett — $7,600

Taylor Franklin — $750

Total — $8,350

Un-itemized cash contributions ($100 or less) — 3 for $250

Expenditures

Creative Direct LLC – five mailing, including design/print/mail/postage – $16,650

Total – $16,650

Total receipts this cycle – $27,285.29

 

City Council — Whaleyville borough

Curtis Milteer

Itemized contributions (More than $100)

None

Un-itemized cash contributions – None

Expenditures

Copico – sample ballots – $28.45

Wesley Benn – campaign worker – $110

Robert Clayton – campaign worker – $110

Bernard Boothe – campaign worker – $110

Brent Langston – campaign worker – $110

Mary Dildy – campaign worker – $110

Shelia Baley – campaign worker – $110

William Collins – campaign worker – $110

Edward Mitchell – campaign worker – $110

John West – campaign worker – $110

Lekisha Green – campaign worker – $110

Melvin Wallance – campaign worker – $110

Helen Davis – campaign worker – $110

Calvin Holly – campaign worker – $110

Total — $1458.45

Total receipts this cycle — $2,350

 

School Board — Sleepy Hole borough

Diane Foster

Filed a notice to be exempted from campaign finance reporting requirements because she does not plan to accept contributions from others, contribute more than $1,000 of her own money or spend more than $1,000.

 

School Board — Nansemond borough

Judith Brooks Buck

Itemized contributions (More than $100) — None this period

Un-itemized cash contributions – 1 for $30

Expenditures

Bank of America – maintenance fee – $15

Total receipts this cycle — $550

 

School Board — Whaleyville borough

 

Phyllis Byrum

Itemized contributions (More than $100) — None this period

Un-itemized cash contributions — 5 for $325

Expenditures

Minuteman Press – sample ballots – $341.25

Virginia Ralph – postage – $900

Unpaid loans — $173.99

Total receipts this cycle – $4,091

 

Marion Flood

Itemized contributions (More than $100)

Self – $2,434.13

Un-itemized cash contributions — 6 for $300

Expenditures

Postal service – stamps – $388.73

Take it to the Macs – campaign literature – $210.12

Walmart and Farm Fresh – food for campaign workers – $57.28

DeShonna Brown – campaign literature – $275

City of Suffolk – city map – $3

Vernessa Boothe – distribution of campaign literature – $125

Mildred Bailey – distribution of campaign literature – $125

Cheryl McSmall – distribution of campaign literature – $125

Mattie Mullen – distribution of campaign literature – $125

William Bailey – distribution of campaign literature – $125

Terry Hinton – distribution of campaign literature – $125

Anthony Johnson – distribution of campaign literature – $125

Ivy Hill – distribution of campaign literature – $125

Sharon Eaton – distribution of campaign literature – $125

Stephanie Boone – distribution of campaign literature – $125

Timothy Craig – distribution of campaign literature – $125

Total — $2,309.13

Total receipts this cycle — $7979.63

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  • thekytikat

    So, Bennett paid his wife, again. Lue Ward used the VA Democrat VoteBuilder system, Fawcett & Johnson targeted Republicans with Creative Direct LLC, and Bredemeyer owes himself alot of money.

    Dear Suffolk News Herald, Please do a story about where these people got their campaign money. I think it’s a fascinating conundrum the Mayor is in.

    She’s a Real Estate Agent, with approval power over who builds homes where, who received $18,900 from Real Estate Developers & Contractors who will likely be wanting her to approve their projects for new homes and such, that she will be able to profit from when she sells them. Oh, and her husband is an attorney specializing in land deals — and his law partner is none other than Councilman Jeff Gardy. Does this look shady to anyone else?

    FWIW – I wrote about your story, and the other side of the money trail on my own blog, here: http://www.yuriar.com/politics/?p=673

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    • stown23437

      I wanted to address a statement that I do not believe to be accurate. You said the Mayor has the “power to approve” who builds homes and where which is not true. The last I recall, Suffolk does not operate with royal hierarchy and a throne, but a majority vote system. In Suffolk it takes 5 votes to make a motion pass if I am not mistaken.

      Contributions are how regular folks like you and I are able to afford to run for an election if we so choose, and I would bet that if a monetary donation comes from a company or organization in good community standing, it would be difficult to turn down.

      I just beg to differ that their is some sort of occcult sense of secrecy and a money trail with ANY of the candidates that ran during this past election, I just think they approached how they handled their finances differently.

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      • jhuxster

        If you don’t think there is a good ol’ boy network in this city you are naive. While the mayor does not have regal power, she does have a great deal of influence and city council is as incestuous as any organization you will find. Trust me, the 19K the mayor got from contractors and real estate developers will come with strings attached. If she was the only one who received money from this group, then perhaps you would have a valid point. She isn’t–their money buys and pays for an overly friendly city government.

        If you think anything is going to change then consider the first action the “new” council took–they reelected Councilman Brown as vice-mayor without a single dissenting vote. His attitude towards the taxpayers and citizens of this city was clearly revealed when council got caught trying to give huge pay raises to top city employees. He’s my councilman and when I think of him only three words come to mind: corrupt and incompetent.

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      • thekytikat

        Stown23427 – You need to take a good look at the people on the city council & the way Linda Johnson & Selena Cuffee-Glenn rule this city.

        On the council — Parr is Linda’s biggest cheerleader. Gardy is in business with her husband. Brown openly praised Johnson from the dais during the election. He also adores Cuffee-Glenn so much that when she tried to raise her pay 27% last Apr, Brown wrote letters to the press calling anyone who disapproved racist & sexist. Brown is also half of a Real Estate Development firm.

        That’s 3 of the council already that Linda holds great sway over. Should I keep going? Go visit Vpap.org and look at how many on the council get BIG money from developers.

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  • woodnymph558

    Why is it that a candidate has to pay a Poll Worker.. This speaks volumes of “VOTER FRAUD”…and doesn’t the state/and or city pay for the election?

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    • thekytikat

      WoodNymph558 – the Poll Workers the candidate pays are the ones standing outside handing our their literature or the ones watching the city-paid workers to ensure a fair election.

      The folks who check your ID & direct you to a voting booth are the city-paid poll workers. As a person who worked the polls for the city this year, I can tell you that city-paid poll workers are NOT allowed to campaign for candidates or try to influence the vote in any way.

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  • http://www.battonforcitycouncil.com rbatton

    I Still feel as it was money well spent, I really enjoy all the great folks i met. The city needs to have more folks willing to step up and put there hat in the ring. I would be dismissed if i didnt say it was a huge learning experience, I promised my family and myself from the beginning that i would run a positive campaign, I now understand that it is very difficult to do this.
    In the end i have no regrets i kept my morals and stayed true to my beliefs I would like to thank the folks of suffolk for there support and encourage all to reach out and support your city as well as your country. “We can Make a Difference!”

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