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Candidates raising the most money either won the Oklahoma City Council primary or made the runoff.

Clifton Adcock March 29th, 2011

In the three City Council races decided March 1, winning candidates far outspent their competitors and were partially funded by the same donors, records show.

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WARD 8
Ward 8 challenger Clifford Hearron raised a total of around $13,700. Hearron’s opponent, incumbent Patrick Ryan, raised about $122,400, with legal maximum donations of $5,000 coming from Clayton Bennett, owner of the Oklahoma City Thunder, chairman of Dorchester Capital LLC and past chair of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber; Larry Nichols, Devon Energy executive chairman; American Fidelity Assurance CEO William Cameron; Chesapeake Energy CEO Aubrey McClendon; and Chesapeake’s PAC.

Ryan, who retired as vice chairman of OGE in 1997, received a $2,000 donation from OGE’s PAC and a $2,500 from both OGE CEO Peter Delaney and current OKC Chamber Chairman Carl Edwards. Other PACs donating to Ryan during the latest reporting period include the Oklahoma Municipal Contractors Association ($1,800), Cox Communications ($500) and Bank of Oklahoma ($250).

WARD 6
Ward 6 challenger Adrian Van Manen raised around $17,800. His opponent, incumbent Meg Salyer, raised more than $136,700, and her contributions included $2,500 from Edwards, and maximum donations of $5,000 from Chesapeake Energy’s PAC, Bennett, McClendon, Nichols, Greg Love of Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, and Richard Tanenbaum, CEO of Gardner-Tanenbaum Group, a real estate development conglomerate.

PACs giving to Salyer’s campaign during the latest reporting period included OGE’s PAC ($2,000), OMCA PAC ($1,855), Realtors PAC ($500) and Southwest Laborers PAC ($1,000).

WARD 5
Ward 5 incumbent Brian Walters raised about $32,500 on his campaign. Councilman-elect David Greenwell raised around $119,000. Greenwell financed some of his own campaign, but maximum donations came from Chesapeake’s PAC, McClendon, Bennett, Nichols, Cameron, Bill Thomas, Steve and Elyce Campbell, Jim Joslin and Mike Marshall.

WARD 2
In the Ward 2 primary and runoff, Charlie Swinton raised more than $104,000, with 57 percent raised between Feb. 14 and March 20. Those donating the maximum $5,000 amount to his campaign include Nichols, McClendon and Chesapeake’s PAC. He also received donations from the Southwest Laborers PAC ($1,000) and OMCA PAC ($2,000). The most recent filing shows Swinton’s campaign has spent more than $63,000.

According to his February campaign expense report, Ward 2 runoff candidate Ed Shadid contributed more than $65,000 of his own money. His March filing shows that between Feb. 18 and March 25, he took in about $4,525 in donations, all in amounts of $1,000 or less, for a total of $78,725. The most recent filing shows Shadid’s campaign has spent about $66,500.

The runoff election is Tuesday, April 5.

Related:

'Mo' money: A group running candidate attack ads is receiving indirect funding from the OKC Chamber.

 
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