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Hodges raises $126,000, pays off bills

Posted by: Eric Roper Updated: January 31, 2014 - 4:48 PM

Campaign finance reports released Friday show that Mayor Betsy Hodges raised $126,000 between October 23 and the end of the year, the last filing period of the mayoral election.

Just over $69,000 of that came in after the election was over, when Hodges was still scrambling to pay debts. The reports show that the campaign paid off the $40,000 in unpaid bills it had acrrued as of the previous filing.

Hodges loaned her campaign $21,500, which yas yet to be repaid to her (if it ever is).

Her closest opponent, Mark Andrew, raised just $38,639 in the same filing period. He also loaned his campaign $38,500. The Andrew campaign still has $16,191 in unpaid bills.

The loan leader was Dan Cohen, who invested another $25,000 into his campaign in the last period. That brought his final loan total to $359,000.

Hodges' inauguration was funded through a seperate entity. While sponsors were thanked on banners at the event, a full list of donors has yet to be released.

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