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Ball’s funds double other candidates’

His biggest campaign contributor? Himself.

By Bill Felber

John Ball raised nearly twice as much money during the most recent reporting period as any other candidate for the Manhattan City Commission. And he didn’t have to go any farther to raise most of it than his own wallet.

Ball collected $11,890 in campaign cash during the reporting period that ended Monday. That amount generally represents collections since Feb. 18. The second highest total belonged to Deb Nuss, who raised $6,550.

Ball underwrote almost all of his own campaign, donating $10,500, or 88 percent, of his total receipts.

Usha Reddi raised $5,020, while Rich Jankovich raised $3,945 and Bob Strawn raised $3,400. Karen McCulloh raised $2,425. The seventh candidate in the race Daniel Hogan, was exempt from the filing requirement because he submitted an affidavit declaring his intent to spend at most a minimal amount on the campaign.

Ball, Jankovich and Strawn were the top spenders during the month, at $11,106, $10,042 and $9,826 respectively. Nuss spent $7,560, Reddi spent $5,833 and McCulloh spent $2,041.

Blood played a significant role in other campaigns than merely Ball’s. Reddi reported receiving $500 from her father plus another $500 from her mother. Nuss reported receiving $500 in contributions from her son and another $500 from her daughter.

One political committee also filed a receipts and expenditures report. Our Manhattan, a group usually identified with conservative government, reported taking in $936 and spending $553. By far its largest income was a $796 refund check on prior-year federal taxes.  Here is a list of contributions in excess of $249. All amounts are $250 unless otherwise listed.

Ball: Ball, $10,500; Busch Farms.

Jankovich:  Schultz Construction; Charlie and Connie Busch; Shilling Construction.

McCulloh: None.

Nuss: Ben Fenwick, $500; Emily Fenwick, $500; Carpenters Local 918 PAC; Diamond Real Estate Management; Amherst Self-Storage; SRS Development Co.; GJL Real Estate.

Reddi: Rao Teleti, $500; Prabhor Teleti, $500; Manhattan Firefighters PAC, $500; Claib Harris; Stacey Harris; Shilling Construction.

Strawn: Parkwood Inn and Suites, $300; Busch Farms; The Library Discount Liquor; Ron Nordt; Dee Ross.

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