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Nearly one-third of cash in UP council races flows from five donors, analysis shows

Post by Christian Hill / The News Tribune on Oct. 26, 2011 at 11:02 am with No Comments »
October 26, 2011 11:02 am

Development and business interests are the biggest contributors to this year’s University Place City Council races, according to an analysis of state campaign finance data.

Nearly 30 cents of every $1 of reported cash contributions to the six candidates came from five contributors: the Master Builders Association of Pierce County or its political action committee; the owner of the Green Firs Village Shopping Center or its manager; and University Place developer Brian McGuire.

Contributors gave a total of $21,420.41 in reported cash so far, according to reports from the state Public Disclosure Commission.

The MBA contributed a total of $2,400. PMF Investments, the shopping center’s owner, and Nat Franklin, PMF’s manager, contributed a total of $2,400. McGuire gave a total of $1,500.

PMF Investments was successful this year in getting the council to allow new drive-thru businesses in its core business area. The council maintained the ban for the Town Center project but lifted it for properties in the immediate vicinity, including the shopping center.

On McGuire’s behalf, the city is proposing to rezone two properties he owns near the intersection of Bridgeport Way and 67th Avenue to neighborhood commercial. McGuire went to court to retain his ability to mine the property, which he has said he intends to do, and the city has been working with him on the rezone proposal to avoid that outcome. Mayor Debbie Klosowski, who lives across the street from one of the properties, recently directed that the rezone be brought for a council vote by the end of the year. She leaves office at the end of December.

Candidate Chris Nye has raised the most cash, while candidate Steve Smith has raised the least.

The election is Nov. 8.

Here’s a list of each candidate’s top cash contributors and their total cash contributions; anonymous and in-kind contributions are not included in the tallies:

TOP 5 CONTRIBUTORS
KENT KEEL
MASTER BUILDERS ASSOCIATION OF PIERCE COUNTY $800 TACOMA
PMF INVESTMENTS/GREEN FIRS $800 SEATTLE
MCGUIRE BRIAN $500 UNIVERSITY PLACE
WILBUR DON $200 UNIVERSITY PLACE
WASHINGTON ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS PAC $200 TACOMA
TOTAL CASH RECEIVED $3,545.00
STEVE SMITH
REIM MC CAFFREE RUTHANN $200 UNIVERSITY PLACE
ISHEM LINDA $150 UNIVERSITY PLACE
KRAUTKRAMER STEPHEN $150 UNIVERSITY PLACE
GUY PATRICIA $100 UNIVERSITY PLACE
CALKINS LORRAINE 100 UNIVERSITY PLACE
TOTAL CASH RECEIVED $1,265.00
CHRIS NYE
PIERCE COUNTY AFFORDABLE HOUSING COUNCIL $800 TACOMA
EDWARDS JEFF $500 UNIVERSITY PLACE
BELLAMY KAREN $250 UNIVERSITY PLACE
BISHOP DENNIS $250 UNIVERSITY PLACE
KOUMANTAROS MARIA $250 UNIVERSITY PLACE
LYON JEFFREY $250 TACOMA
MAHER EDWARD $250 TACOMA
MAYER JOE $250 TACOMA
TILLOTSON ROB $250 UNIVERSITY PLACE
TOTAL CASH RECEIVED $5,899.00
KEN CAMPBELL
PMF INVESTMENTS $800 BELLEVUE
MCGUIRE BRIAN MR $500 UNIVERSITY PLACE
LEITH KENDALL $350 UNIVERSITY PLACE
LEITH JOSEPH $350 UNIVERSITY PLACE
SPARE SPACE $250 UNIVERSITY PLACE
TOTAL CASH RECEIVED $3,340.00
CAROLINE BELLECI
QUISENBERRY CLIFFORD $400 UNIVERSITY PLACE
HARRIS BUD $250 UNIVERSITY PLACE
KLOSOWSKI DEBBIE $250 UNIVERSITY PLACE
MCCAFFREE RUTHANN R $250 UNIVERSITY PLACE
WEST PIERCE FIRE FIGHTERS $150 LAKEWOOD
TOTAL CASH RECEIVED $2,946.41
HOWARD LEE
PIERCE COUNTY AFFORDABLE HOUSING COUNCIL $800 TACOMA
NAT FRANKLIN $800 BELLEVUE
MCGUIRE BRIAN $500 UNIVERSITY PLACE
MATHER ED $300 UNIVERSITY PLACE
WILBUR DONALD MR $200 UNIVERSITY PLACE
ALTIER CHARLES $200 UNIVERSITY PLACE
TOTAL CASH RECEIVED $4,425.00

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