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Raising money for the campaign

Linda Johnson continues to outpace her competition for the mayor’s seat in raising money, but fellow candidate Tom Powell spent the most money this reporting period. Johnson took money from two Suffolk constitutional officers and in-kind product from a fellow council member.

All seven mayoral candidates – Deborah Wahlstrom included – filed campaign finance reports on Monday, as did all candidates for council and school board seats. Everybody met the deadline, said Sharon Thornhill, voter registrar for the city, although mayoral candidate Michael Debranski needed to make some corrections. His report was not available at press time Tuesday.

Of the six candidates whose numbers were available, Johnson raised the most from July 1 to Aug. 31 – $37,927.84. Powell followed with $17,264.54. Roger Leonard raised $3,650; Andrew Damiani, $6,625; Dwight Nixon, $3,315; and Deborah Wahlstrom, $650.

Totals of money raised for the entire campaign are: Wahlstrom, $650; Leonard, $8,650; Nixon, $3,680.43; Damiani, $7,425; Johnson, $51,359.94; and Powell, $27,024.87

Candidates for public office are required to report contributions received more than $100, both of cash and in-kind products and services, their bank interest, expenditures, loan account balances, and more. For a full list of total contributions, contributions this period, contributors who gave more than $200, and the top expenditures for each candidate, see below.

Linda Johnson, the current mayor, received campaign contributions from Commonwealth’s Attorney C. Phillips Ferguson, as well as from Ron Williams, the city treasurer. She also took an in-kind contribution of $1,150 worth of food and drinks from Councilman Charles Parr and his wife.

Tom Powell led the field this period in expenditures. He spent just over $24,500 in July and August, most of it for campaign materials. He also purchased an exhibit space at Peanut Fest for $600.

Powell also had the largest in-kind contribution this period, from his design and marketing company. The Addison Group has given nearly $12,000 worth of design services, office space and equipment, according to the report.

The large majority of Damiani’s money this period came from himself – $2,500 from him personally, and $3,000 from Damiani Properties. He also received money from N&N Land Company in Virginia Beach, which owns land in Suffolk. Ralph Nahra, who works with N&N Land Company, made donations to both Johnson’s and Powell’s campaigns.

Two candidates – Powell and Leonard – have loaned themselves money this reporting period. Leonard’s campaign took a loan of $5,000 from him, and Powell’s campaign borrowed $9,210.25 from Powell.

Council candidates also were required to file reports Monday. Rob Barclay, uncontested candidate for the Sleepy Hole borough, raised $2,300 between July 1 and Aug. 31. In the Nansemond borough, Leroy Bennett raised $11,020.91, and Tricia James raised $2,504. For the Whaleyville seat, Curtis Milteer Sr. raised $1,825, and Jay P. Quigley raised $700 – all of it from himself.

Campaign finance reports

Reporting period: July 1 to Aug. 31

Mayoral candidates

Dwight A. Nixon

Total contributions to date – $3,680.43

Total contributions this period – $3,315.50

Direct contributions over $200

ILA Local 1248 – $1,000

James W. Loulies – $200

Tidewater Ministries – $500

WELS Radio – $500

In-kind contributions over $200

IB Technology – Internet services – $305.50

Learning Entrepreneurs Getting It Together – campaign T-shirts – $264.93

Total expenditures this period – $4,416.59

Top two expenditures

Precision Signz and Banners – campaign signs – $1,712

Commercial Printing – campaign door hangers – $733.79

Andrew Damiani

Total contributions to date – $7,425

Total contributions this period – $6625

Direct contributions over $200

Andrew Damiani – $2,500

Damiani Properties – $3,000

Douglass Lindsay – $200

N&N Land Company – $500

Frank E. Sheffer – $200

In-kind contributions over $200

None

Total expenditures this period – $2,671.61

Top two expenditures

Strategic Political Resources – consulting services, letters, mailing lists – $849.87

Major Signs – billboards – $724.50

Linda Johnson

Total contributions to date – $51,359.94

Total contributions this period – $37,927.84

Direct contributions over $200

Ronald Aston – $250

Michael Bakwin – $1,000

Blair Brothers Inc. – $200

James Blair – $250

Robert A. Braford – $500

G.W. Brinkley – $250

C.R. Brock – $2,000

Brian Clements – $500

Snehal Damle – $250

William G. Darden – $250

Joseph A. DiJulio – $500

Everett Logistics Inc. – $200

Benigno Federici – $500

C. Phillips Ferguson – $500

Gee’s Group LLC – $2,500

Woodrow Griffin – $250

Jesse Johnson – $2,000

Kathleen Little – $1,000

Ralph Nahra – $500

W. Jeffrey Overton – $500

J. Ridgely Porter – $500

Quality Homes Inc. – $500

Jeffrey Robertson – $200

Dottie Scott – $200

Jennifer Trump – $500

Ronald H. Williams – $1,000

Ted Williams – $250

In-kind contributions over $200

Mickey and Denise Boyette – building rental – $1800

Charles and Kim Parr – food and beverage – $1,150

Ronnie and Diane Rountree – picnic rentals/food – $2,500

Total expenditures this period – $14,374.56

Top two expenditures

PR Promotions – signs – $3,550

Creative Direct – printing and production, advertising materials – $1,750

Deborah Wahlstrom

Total contributions to date – $650

Total contributions this period – $650

Direct contributions over $200

Donald and Leatrice Wahlstrom – $200

In-kind contributions over $200

None

Total expenditures this period – $47

Top two expenditures

Bank of America – checks – $13

Bank of America – monthly maintenance fee – $13

Thomas A. Powell Jr.

Total contributions to date – $27,024.87

Total contributions this period – $17,264.54

Direct contributions over $200

Everett B. Birdsong – $250

Clean Cut Image Lawn and Landscape Inc. – $200

Ralph J. Nahra – $300

Dr. and Mrs. T.A. Powell Sr. – $200

W.R. Powell – $500

In-kind contributions over $200

The Addison Group – Web site design, design services, office space, equipment – $11,963.22

Fox Screen Print and Embroidery – promotional clothing – $664

HN Photography – photography services – $450

Major Signs – Coroplast sign – $455

Robert M. Moore Jr., CPA – CPA services – $900

Total expenditures this period – $24,501.53

Top two expenditures

VictoryStore.com – signage – $4,373.18

VictoryStore.com – signage – $3,373.18

Roger A. Leonard

Total contributions to date – $8,650

Total contributions this period – $3,650

Direct contributions over $200

Back Bay LLC – $250

Howard Small – $200

George Mears – $200

Back Bay LLC – $250

In-kind contributions over $200

Roger Leonard – lumber, screws, miscellaneous – $2,450

Total expenditures this period – $4,112

Top two expenditures

Capital Promotions – signs – $1,450.50

Lowe’s – materials for signs – $211.50

Council candidates

Rob Barclay – Sleepy Hole Borough

Total contributions – $2,300

Direct contributions over $200

Eric Hauser – $250

Henry D. Light – $500

MLV Enterprises – $200

Elizabeth Psimas – $250

Weldon Field of VA LLC – $500

In-kind contributions over $200

None

Total expenditures – $1,183.80

Top two expenditures

PR Promotions – $225

Democratic Party of Virginia – $150

Leroy Bennett – Nansemond Borough

Total contributions – $11,020.91

Direct contributions over $200

Dwight Schaubech – $500

Lionell Spruill Sr. – $200

Jesse Thompkins – $200

Robert Williams – $500

Thomas Woodward Jr. – $250

Robin Brock – $500

Richard Brooks – $200

Roland Brown – $200

Willie Brown – $300

Harry Cross III – $200

Phillip E. McNeil – $1,250

Cora Overton – $200

In-kind contributions over $200

Coastal Virginia Developers LLC – $1,447.91

Total expenditures – $1,503.52

Top two expenditures

Willie Roberts – $1,176

Benford Hunter – $100

Trisha M. James – Nansemond Borough

Total contributions – $2,504

Direct contributions over $200

Robert Aston – $1,000

In-kind contributions over $200

None

Total expenditures – $1,237.50

Top two expenditures

Shakey’s Catering – $487.50

Brandell Blunt – $280

Curtis Milteer Sr. – Whaleyville Borough

Total contributions – $1,825

Direct contributions over $200

Spruill for House of Delegates – $200

In-kind contributions over $200

None

Total expenditures – $707.44

Top expenditure

Copico – printing – $707.44

Jay P. Quigley – Whaleyville Borough

Total contributions – $700

Direct contributions over $200

Jay P. Quigley – $500

Jay P. Quigley – $200

In-kind contributions over $200

None

Total expenditures – $615.49

Top two expenditures

Copico – $585.49, Verizon – $30