Ann Margolin Leads the Pack As City's Finance Report Deadline Looms

As we mentioned a while back, District 13 city council candidate Ann Margolin appeared to be the heir apparent to Mitchell Rasansky with a long list of notable supporters and a strong résumé. And as the 5 p.m. deadline approaches for candidates and committees to file their finance reports, Margolin's stock just took another spike as she's blowing everyone else away with $130,360 raised from July to December (more than twice as much as Mayor Tom), including 86 maximum contributions of $1,000 from Roger Staubach, Ray Hunt, John Scovell, Harold Simmons, Harriet Miers, John Carona and Erle Nye.

"I'm thrilled with the support. I really am," Margolin tells Unfair Park. "I'm thrilled that I had 277 donors, and, at this point, I'm just really happy with it. I far surpassed what I expected to do at the end of the year."

Margolin adds that her fund-raising goal changed when Brint Ryan became a contender. Ryan, who has yet to file his report, has already bought a full-page ad in The Dallas Morning News and is using Allyn & Company as his consultant, but she says that's not what bothers her about Ryan.

"I think it's the fact that it's someone coming in that's able to put a lot of money into it," she says. "But I think I can get to where I need to get to, so that doesn't concern me. I'll do what I have to do."

After the jump, Margolin's thoughts on a certain someone moving into her distict. Also, the extended dance remix: links to the available finance reports for other candidates and the two committees fighting the convention center hotel war.

Update: Ryan's report has been filed, and his fund-raising efforts consisted almost entirely of a $50,000 loan, the bulk of which was paid to Allyn & Company. He also was Gov. Rick Perry's top fund-raiser, dishing out a hefty $113,000 to his re-election campaign.

Additionally, Tiffinni Young's report was filed, showing only $100 in contributions, as was the report for fellow District 5 candidate Don Robinson, who raised just $670.

Margolin spent $38,821.01 of her dough so far, with the majority going to consulting ($18,500 to Pat Cotton and $3,000 to Ross Coulter), leaving her with more than $96,000 left over. So how much more is she gonna need to fend off Ryan? "I really don't want to say because I don't want to show my hand," she says.

As for President George W. Bush moving into her district, she says, "It's not really an issue one way or the other."

She claims the community is embracing his move back to Dallas, but stresses that she views it as a non-issue. "It's nothing that I really hear people talk about. I don't hear excitement. I don't hear disappointment. I don't hear anger. I don't hear anything. It's just nothing," she says.

The other campaign finance reports are listed below, with candidates Tiffinni Young and LeVar Thomas as the only notable holdouts at this point other than Ryan. Citizens Against the Taxpayer-Owned Hotel raised a whopping $976,050.28 (mostly funded by Crow Holdings as expected), and Build the Hotel raised $75,398.34 (highlighted by a $25,000 donation by developer Matthews Southwest).

Available reports: Tom Leppert, Dr. Elba Garcia, Pauline Medrano, Dave Neumann, Dwaine Caraway, Vonciel Hill, Steve Salazar, Carolyn Davis, Tennell Atkins, Sheffie Kadane, Jerry Allen, Linda Koop, Ron Natinsky, Mitchell Rasansky, Angela Hunt, Friends of Tom Leppert, Delia Jasso, Raj Narayanan, Casey Thomas, Gary Springer.

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