Oddo, Medina lead in fund raising

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About $55,000 in campaign funds was reported raised through Oct. 15 by the eight candidates for Bainbridge Island City council.

The candidates are required to report contributions and expenditures to the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission.

Filings through the election Nov. 5 and post-election disclosures are also required.

Third-parties, such as Political Action Committees, partisan parties and anyone else spending money on behalf of candidates (called independent expenditures) also are required to file with the PDC.

These usually come in the form of campaign mailers that state arriving just as ballots do—in this case, last Friday. Any mailers must disclose who its from and the Top 5 Contributors to comply with the law.

Anthony Oddo was the top fund-raiser, at more than $21,000, followed by incumbent Kol Medina. Oddo’s opponent, Kirstin Hytopoulos was third, followed by Medina’s opponent, Kevin Fetterly.

Michael Pollock reported raising less than $2,000.

The other three candidates filed their PDC papers declaring they would use what’s called “mini-reporting.” This limits fund raising to a maximum of $5,000. Detailed reporting is not required under mini reporting.

Although Pollock reported raising less than $2,000, he filed his candidacy under full reporting—giving him the option to raise and spend more than $5,000.

Details of the campaign fund raising is below.

At Large, District 1

Anthony Oddo

Oddo is the top fund-raiser, reporting $21,633 in contributions.

Individuals contributed $18,658, or 86% of the dollars. The Washington State Democrats, Kitsap County Central labor Council and the Washington Education Assn. PAC were the only special interest groups making direct contributions. The WEA PAC contributed $1,000. The other two contributed a total of $350.

Oddo reported 173 contributions, including several of his own and including a few repeats. There were 50 contributors from off-island, including family and a few repeat contributions. These amounted to $6,283 in contributions, of 29% of the total.

Kirstin Hytopoulos

Hytopoulos reported $10,910 in contributions.

Individuals contributed all but $750, or 93% of the dollars. The National Woman’s Political Caucus of Washington contributed this among in two donations.

Hytopoulos reported 93 contributions, including her own and a few repeat donors. Only 11, or 12%, of these, including repeats, were off-island.

North Ward, District 2

Kol Medina

Medina reported $12,704 in contributions.

Individuals contributed $11,034, or 87%.

Only four (8%) of 51 contributions were from off-island. These amounted to $2,050 (16%).

Kevin Fetterly

Fetterly reported $8,357 raised. Only one contribution of $187 is from off-island.

Central Ward, District 4

Grayson Wildsmith

Wildsmith’s campaign is under “mini” reporting. No contributions recorded.

Leslie Schneider

Schneider is also under mini reporting.

South Ward, District 6

Sarah Blossom

Blossom is under mini reporting.

Michael Pollock

Pollock reported raising $1,277 from six contributions, including two of his own. One contribution, for $250, came from a Honolulu resident.

By Scott Hamilton

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