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Home arrow News arrow Local News arrow Total spending in recall campaign exceeds $27,000

Total spending in recall campaign exceeds $27,000

By JAYSON JACOBY

Of the Baker City Herald

Campaign spending on the Gary Dielman recall has surpassed $27,000.

Citizens for Responsible Government, the political committee leading the effort to recall Dielman from the Baker City Council, has spent $18,461 in cash and received another $4,020 as in-kind contributions.

Dielman, who formed his own committee, has raised $3,980 in cash and $471 as an in-kind contribution.

And Richard Harris, who recently formed the Defeat the Conservative Christian Takeover committee, said he has spent about $900 of his own money for newspaper advertisements opposing the recall.

Harris, who said he has not received any outside contributions, also is the biggest donor to Dielmans committee, with a $1,000 contribution.

Committees were required to submit financial statements by Thursday.

They will have to turn in final reports after the Dec. 18 election.

Citizens for Responsible Government has received five cash contributions since Nov. 5:

o Dean Brickey, $3,000.

o Jerry and Kathye Corn, $1,000.

o Dick Haynes, $1,000.

o Jeff Petry, $200.

o Baker Vision Clinic, $50.

The committee also received an in-kind contribution from Julie Magnuson valued at $4,020.

Earlier the committee received $5,000 from both Charles Sellier and Dean Spence; $2,500 from Terry Schumacher; $1,000 from John DeShiro; who is the committees treasurer; and $25 from Roland Campbell.

Citizens for Responsible Government has spent most of its money on radio, television and newspaper advertisements, and for printing and postage costs to mail five pro-recall letters to the citys approximately 5,700 registered voters.

According to Dielmans report, his largest contributors, in addition to Harris, are (contributors are Baker County residents unless otherwise noted):

o Casey Howard, $50.

o Virginia Kostol, $100.

o John Burgess, $450.

o Misty Fagenstrom, $409.50.

o Milo Pope, $100.

o John Szymoniak, $100.

o Phil Siemens (Eugene), $200.

o George Burns, $300.

o Kata Bulinski, $100.

o C.H. Howarth (Eagle, Idaho), $75.

o Patrick Kirklin (Cameron Park, Calif.), $200.

Dielman also has spent $481 of his own money on his campaign, and received $415 in miscellaneous donations.

His committee also received in-kind contributions valued at $400 from Tim Keneipp. The contribution was listed as marketing.

The committees money has paid for newspaper advertisements.

Oregon election law allows individual contributions smaller than $50 to be listed as miscellaneous, without including the contributors name, said Baker City Recorder Laura Harryman, the local election official.

As of Thursday evening, 2,847 voters 49 percent had returned their ballots, said County Clerk Tami Green.

She expects voter turnout to exceed 50 percent in the vote-by-mail election.

The deadline to return ballots is 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Unofficial results should be available soon after, Green said.

 
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