By K. Rambo,
Including in-kind contributions, there was $51,066.02 raised for the mayoral and City Council elections in Ames.
That is $628.02 more than the median income in Story County in 2015, according to the American Community Survey five-year estimate by the United States Census Bureau.
Here is where the money came from, and how it was spent.
Victoria Szopinski - Mayoral Candidate
$19,633.22 in expenditures
Szopinski’s campaign finance records show her campaign received 16 donations from out of state including Texas, California, Illinois, Nebraska, Washington and New York.
Szopinski received 45 unitemized donations, a donation under $250 where no information is available for the donor.
The Szopinski campaign spent $397.07 on food over the course of 22 meetings to discuss campaign matters. $6,815.65 was spent on design services. $451.65 was spent on campaign photography. $5,533.10 was spent on printing services for campaign materials like signs, pamphlets, buttons and t-shirts.
The majority of the remaining expenditures were spent on website costs, miscellaneous supplies like pens and rubber bands, mailing supplies, gifts for volunteers and fundraising supplies.
Most interesting expenditures: $843.02 on coasters, $1,364.99 on postage stamps.
John Haila - Mayoral Candidate
$19,053.05 raised ($868.05 in-kind)
$14,901.19 in expenditures
Haila’s campaign finance records show his campaign received one out-of-state donation. The donation came from Haila’s brother in Colorado.
Haila’s campaign accepted one unitemized donation.
Haila contributed $6,000 to his campaign and if removed, 29% of his campaign funding came from real estate agents and homebuilders.
The Haila campaign spent $778.63 on food for fundraising events. $201.70 was spent on Facebook advertising. $12,782.89 was spent on campaign advertising including signs, door hangers and Haila branded merchandise like notepads and pens.
Most interesting expenditure: $700 spent on Crowdskout, a Washington D.C. based software company that specializes in data analytics and customer relationship management for political campaigns and activist groups.
David Martin - Third Ward Candidate
$6,914.46 raised ($527.93 in-kind)
$2,454.54 in expenditures
Martin’s campaign received nine out-of-state donations, four of which came from family members. Donations came from California, Texas, Indiana, Massachusetts, South Dakota, Oregon and Virginia.
Martin’s campaign reported two unitemized contributions, one of which was from a “pass-the-hat” at a campaign event.
Martin loaned $500 to his campaign and has since been reimbursed.
The Martin campaign spent $791.39 on signs and printed campaign materials. $500 was spent on a brochure design. The remainder of the expenditures were spent on miscellaneous office supplies and postage costs.
Most interesting expenditure: The lack of expenditures. The Martin campaign spent $1,740.48 less than opponent Rob Bowers, even though he raised $2,426.22 more than him.
Rob Bowers - Third Ward Candidate
$4,488.24 raised ($228.24 in-kind)
$4,195.02 in expenditures
The Bowers’ campaign received one out-of-state donation, it was from Bowers’ sister-in-law. Bowers listed no unitemized contributions.
Bowers donated $500 to his campaign, including $300 of the initial $350 that he used for the first three months of his campaign. Bowers did not report a donation between May 6 and Aug. 11.
The Bowers campaign spent $3,409.36 on printing campaign materials including signs, postcards and brochures. $765.11 was spent on postage.
Most interesting expenditure: Again, a lack of expenditure, but this time it is a specific type of expenditure. Bowers was the only candidate not to use campaign money to buy food for meetings or campaign events.
Out-of-state driver's license or non-driver ID card
U.S. military ID
ID card issued by employer
Student ID issued by Iowa high school or college
Voters must also prove their residency. The following materials are accepted:
Utility bill (including a cell phone bill)
Government check or other government document
If someone can't prove their identity or residency with the above materials, someone else may attest for them which requires both people to sign an oath swearing the statements being made are true.
Falsely attesting or being attested for is registration fraud. It is a class “D” felony and is punishable by a fine of up to $7,500 and up to 5 years in prison.
Voters must be U.S. citizens, a resident of Iowa and 18 years old by the election day. Voters cannot be registered to vote in another state or incarcerated, on parole, on probation or have outstanding monetary obligations from your felony conviction.
Where to vote
On the voter card, numbers in parentheses show the precinct number on your voter registration card. For those without voter cards, visit the Iowa Secretary of State website to find poll location information.
Here are the Ames polling locations, all of which are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.:
AMES W1P1 - Wilson Toyota, 2212 S. Duff Ave. (effective 9/18/17; temporary site)
AMES W1P2 - University Baptist Church, 2400 Mortensen Parkway
AMES W1P3 - Human Services Center, 126 S. Kellogg Ave.
NOTE: A small number of Grant Township residents are assigned to this precinct.
AMES W1P4 - Ames Public Library, Auditorium, 515 Douglas Ave.
AMES W1P5 - Grand Avenue Baptist Church, 612 24th St. (effective 9/18/17; temporary site)
AMES W2P1 - Fire Service Training Bureau, 1015 Haber Road, ISU