Proposition 4 Campaign Reports Finances

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Late report lists $2,685 raised in last three months but fails to provide details about campaign expenses

Corrected Thursday, October 11, 2012 1:34pm

Austin Community for Change (AC4C) submitted its latest campaign finance report after the 5pm deadline to reach the City Clerk’s office yesterday.

A copy obtained this morning indicates the political action committee (PAC) favoring the 8-2-1 plan for electing council members collected $2,685 in the past three months. Combined with the previous reported total of $1,907 brings the AC4C PAC’s total fundraising to $4,592.

The amount of campaign contributions netted by the Proposition 4 supporters is swamped by the competing Proposition 3 plan for geographic representation. Austinites for Geographic Representation (AGR) has raised nearly $90,000.

As reported yesterday, AGR raised $40,662 in the latest reporting period and nearly $70,000 to date. AGR also reported receiving an additional pledge of $20,000. That will bring the PAC’s total fundraising to almost $90,000, with nearly four weeks remaining before election day.

The latest AC4C report lists 11 contributions, the largest being $1,000 from the Capital Area Asian American Democrats.

Amy Wong Mok
Amy Wong Mok

Amy Wong Mok, founder and CEO of the Asian American Cultural Center, and president of the Asian American Community Center, contributed $500. Mok ran for City Council Place 4 in 1999, drawing 8.57 percent of the vote and placing a distant third in a nine-person race.

Smaller donors

Four donors gave the AC4C PAC $250 each, including:

David Butts
David Butts

David Butts, a longtime political consultant in Austin who served on the council-appointed 2012 Charter Revision Committee.

James Nortey
James Nortey

James Nortey, an attorney associate at Andrews Kurth LLP who practices in the Public Law Section.

Paul Kim, president of ATX Environmental Solutions LLC , owner of Intuitive Element Inc., an Internet company, (corrected Thursday, October 11, 2012 1:34pm). 

Paul Kim
Paul Kim

Kim is also president of the Korean American Association of Greater Austin, an organization that raised $91,472 in contributions and grants in 2011, according to the Form 990 filed with the IRS May 14, 2012.

Channy Soeur
Channy Soeur

Channy Soeur, CEO of CAS Consulting and Services Inc., a company with offices in Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. Soeur’s daughter, Michelle Soeur, is the constituent liaison staff member for Mayor Lee Leffingwell.

Report lacks detailed expenses

AC4C failed to include in the report Schedule F, which provides details about $594 in political expenditures the PAC made during the reporting period.

Richard Jung
Richard Jung

Contacted by The Austin Bulldog, campaign treasurer Richard Jung, an attorney with Jung Ko PLLC, said the omission was a mistake and he would file a correction affidavit tomorrow.

The entire expenditure, Jung said, was for web services provided by XL Web Services Inc.

The full-page ad that appeared on page 19 of The Austin Chronicle on October 5 was ordered and paid for after the September 27 closing date for this reporting period, Jung said.

One more pre-election reporting cycle

The final PAC reports before the November 6 election are due October 29, eight days out, and no further reporting will be required until January 15. So it will be more than two months after the election before a full accounting of campaign expenditures will be made public.

To see the complete AC4C report, click here.

To see the AC4C amendment that on October 11 added Schedule F to detail expenditures, click here.

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Related Bulldog coverage: This is The Austin Bulldog’s 32nd article covering issues and activities pertaining to proposed changes to the Austin City Charter.

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Proposition 3 and 4 Proponents Rev Their Campaigns: Raising money, organizing troops, and pushing plans for geographic representation on Austin City Council, September 28, 2012

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Barrientos Lampoons Prop 4 With a Fable: Other proponents of alternative plans for geographic representation push their points, September 14, 2012

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The Election Wars Have Begun: Interest in how council members elected running high, as face-off debates abound, September 9, 2012

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Loud Rally Follows Final Council Vote for 8-2-1: AGR’s Cries Foul Over Work Session Vote for Hybrid; Mayor Leffingwell Said Votes Driven by Ballot Deadline, August 7, 2012

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8-2-1 Near Certain to Go on Ballot: City Council Votes on Second Reading to Put Competition Election Plan on Ballot, July 31, 2012

10-1 Plan Qualifies for November Ballot: Consultant Estimates That 22,435 Signatures Are Valid; Austinites for Geographic Representation Readies for Battle, July 26, 2012

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Council Puts 10-1 Election Plan on November Ballot: Votes 5-2 on Three Readings to Adopt Petition Language, Votes 4-2 on First Reading to Also Put 8-2-1 on Ballot, June 29, 2012

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New Restrictions Proposed for Lobbyist Fundraising: Lobbyists Can Only Give Candidates $25 But Can Collect Unlimited Contributions For Them, January 22, 2012

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