Friday, October 26, 2001

Luken has vastly more than Fuller

Challenger lists $64,081

By Gregory Korte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Cincinnati Mayor Charlie Luken continues his huge fund-raising lead over challenger Courtis Fuller, according to campaign finance reports filed Thursday.

        Mr. Luken has raised a total of $355,585 in the campaign through Oct. 17. Mr. Fuller has raised less than one-fifth of that: $64,081.

        But with less than two weeks until Cincinnati's historic mayoral election, a more meaningful number may be the amount each candidate has yet to spend.

        Mr. Luken has $102,686 ready for a wall-to-wall television ad buy in the final week of the campaign.

        With only $12,360 on hand, Mr. Fuller likely will not have enough money for even a modest television presence. He will instead rely on direct mail for his last-minute message to voters.

        Mr. Luken's contributions have come from his usual sources of support: business and labor interests, political action committees and wealthy Cincinnatians.

        Mr. Fuller has relied mostly on $25, $50 and $100 contributions. His largest contributors in the last period include former Mayor Dwight Tillery ($1,200), Ohio First District Court of Appeals Judge Mark Painter ($1,500), and real estate agent Bobby Johnson ($1,850).

        Committees for and against Cincinnati charter amendments on the ballot also filed reports Thursday, disclosing:

        • A Better Cincinnati, the committee supporting a civil service reform measure known as Issue 5, raised $78,629 — mostly from big business. Federated Department Stores gave $20,000, Procter & Gamble gave $30,000, the Kroger Co. gave $20,000, and Toyota gave $5,000.

        • Their opponents, The Keep Politics Out of Public Safety Committee, raised just $12,350,$10,000 of which came from attorney Al Nippert.

        • The Citizens for Fair Elections, the committee supporting the campaign finance proposal known as Issue 6, has raised more than $9,300 from a variety of mostly small contributions. Their opponents reported receiving no money.


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