Mike Rawlings Clobbers Ron Natinsky and David Kunkle in Mayoral Fund-Raising Effort
Former TracyLocke CEO Mike Rawlings easily outpaced the field of mayoral candidates by raising a whopping $1.03 million -- nearly three times the combined haul of Ron Natinksy and David Kunkle -- during the reporting period that ended April 4. Council member Natinsky reported $239,000 in donations, and ex-Dallas Police Chief Kunkle raised just $127,000. (Edward Okpa's campaign finance report was not filed online as of 8 a.m. this morning.)
[Update at 1:20 p.m.: Okpa raised $76,000 and has $24,000 left.]
Aided by a $250,000 personal loan, Natinsky has the most cash on hand with $342,000, while Rawlings has already spent more than $800,000, leaving him with $221,000 in the bank. Kunkle has a balance of $74,000, which includes a $5,000 personal loan and $5,000 loan from his wife and campaign volunteer, Sarah Dodd.
Rather than loaning his campaign dough, Rawlings, his wife and two grown children together donated $20,000 to his candidacy. He received a combined $10,000 from former Dallas Cowboys legend Roger Staubach and his wife, Cowboys COO Stephen Jones and his wife, beer distributors Barry and Lana Andrews and Albert Huddleston (who donated $100,000 to Swift Boat Veterans for Truth) and his wife Mary (granddaughter of deceased oil tycoon H.L. Hunt).
Rawlings also grabbed a total of $25,000 from Marshall Payne, his colleague at CIC Partners, and Payne's family, along with $20,000 from Randall Fojtasek (a former associate of Tom Hicks) and his family. Former PepsiCo chair and CEO Roger Enrico and his family combined to donate $15,000.
Others donating the maximum $5,000 include T. Boone Pickens, trial lawyer Lisa Blue Baron, Democratic fund-raiser Cappy McGarr, former Dallas Citizens Council chair Tom Dunning, political strategist-turned-filmmaker Rob Allyn and Al Hill Jr. (Margaret Hunt Hill's grandson). H. Ross Perot ($3,000), Tom Hicks ($2,500) and former Citizens Council chair Ron Steinhart ($1,000) are also among the dozens of influential and wealthy business leaders found on Rawlings's campaign finance report filed yesterday.
Natinsky received a sizable amount of contributions from area metal recyclers, including a total of $20,000 from the Okon family and $18,000 from the Goldberg family. Convention center hotel developer Jack Matthews ($4,000), Ebby Halliday ($2,500) and former council member Chris Luna ($1,500) are among the other notables donating to his campaign.
Kunkle's campaign received a boost from his appearance on Sportsradio 1310 The Ticket, during which he solicited donations of $13.10. He received a significant amount of contributions in that amount, along with several of $13.01 from those who missed the reference to the station's call sign. Kunkle's top contributors include $5,000 from former Highland Park Mayor John Hammack (who collapsed at Kunkle's retirement presser), $5,000 from Steve Wolens's campaign (Wolens is his campaign treasurer), $5,000 from Lisa Blue Baron, $2,000 from ex-Mayor Pro Tem Max Wells and $1,000 from former council member Mitchell Rasansky.
More than half of Rawlings's expenses were paid to consultant Mari Woodlief of Allyn Media, which received $472,000 -- $202,000 for television airtime. Rawlings also paid $145,000 to consultant Kathy Nealy, $20,000 to consultant Willis Johnson, $80,000 to Alpha Business Images (a company owned by Johnson's wife), $10,000 to Paula Blackmon (Tom Leppert's former deputy chief of staff), $10,754 to Democratic consultant Jeff Dalton and even $2,500 to Kurt Watkins (the cousin of Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins and son of City Secretary Deborah Watkins).
Natinsky paid former Leppert consultants Carol Reed ($60,000), Brenda Reyes ($12,000) and Becky Mayad ($10,000), while Kunkle paid $10,000 to Republican consultant C.P. Henry, $3,000 to former DART board member and consultant Joyce Foreman and $2,361 to Avi Adelman for website services.
The next filing date is May 6 when eight-day reports are due.
Get the ICYMI: Today's Top Stories Newsletter Our daily newsletter delivers quick clicks to keep you in the know
Catch up on the day's news and stay informed with our daily digest of the most popular news, music, food and arts stories in Dallas, delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday.