Wake County District Attorney Campaign Finance Filings

Campaign Finance

Fundraising numbers are in for the first quarter (and election cycle thus far) in the Wake County District Attorney’s race. Fundraising signifies three things.

First, total income represents total resources to fight a campaign. The bottom line number of amount raised helps to see just how much a campaign has spent or has to spend. In addition, the cash-on-hand number is the amount at the time of the filing that the campaign had in its war chest.

Second, total contributions per donor. This number eliminates money from PACs and proceeds of loans made by the candidate. In a sense, this is the amount of money given by people out there who support the campaign.

Third, average contribution per donor. This figure reflects the breadth of support. A large total from a small number of donors may indicate a donor backed by wealthy constituencies (which can be an advantage) that has not raised a lot of money from a lot of people.

Donors are also be voters, and a lot of small contributions reflects a lot of voters who probably will tell their friends to get out and vote.

Democrats

Lorrin Freeman leads the contributions from individuals total for the Democrats, having raised $69,346. As far as I can tell, none of this has come from the candidate.

Boz Zellinger raised a total of $43,273.00 in contributions from individuals. Zellinger has given his campaign two personal loans of $50,000 each and a $5,000 loan for a total of $105,000 in loans from the candidate. Zellinger leads fundraising for a total of $153,273 in total receipts as of 4/19/2014. In addition, SEANC’s PAC has donated $5,000 to Zellinger’s campaign. But the vast majority of Zellinger’s total war chest is money he’s loaned to himself.

Republicans

John Bryant raised a total of $54,575.00 in contributions and aggregated contributions from individuals. In addition, $5,000 has been donated by the candidate to his campaign, and $5,000 has been donated by the Richard Burr Committee to the campaign.

Jeff Cruden raised a total of $45,317.00 in contributions and aggregated contributions. In addition, Cruden has contributed $17,334 to his campaign.

Jefferson Griffin raised a total of $42,795.99 in contributions and aggregated contributions from individuals. In addition, Griffin has made a total personal loan and contributions to his campaign of $18,977.45.

Allen Swaim raised a total of $3,383.80 in contributions and aggregated contributions from individuals.

Damon Chetson

Damon Chetson is a Board Certified Specialist in State and Federal Criminal Law. He represents people charged with serious and minor offenses in Raleigh, Wake County, and the Eastern District of North Carolina. Call (919) 352-9411.