New campaign finance reports made public today show that Losurdo had reported raising $82,357 through Oct. 24. The prior record was the $79,500 that conservative businessman Bob Luddy had raised, largely out of his own pocket, in his unsuccessful run for the school board in 1997.
Hill’s new report shows he’s raised $42,748 through Oct 24. While Hill has almost half of Losurdo’s total, outside groups not connected to his campaign have spent tens of thousands of dollars on mailers and television ads attacking Losurdo.
These new reports show how high high stakes it’s become in what’s already the most expensive school board contest in Wake County history. Reports on file show that more than $475,000 have been raised by the individual candidates and other political groups involved in the race. The number will rise above $500,000 and potentially much higher when all the final reports are filed early next year.
The new report shows that Losurdo’s biggest donors remain Luddy, conservative businessman Art Pope and his wife, Katherine Pope. They’ve all individually given her $8,000 for a combined total of $24,000.
Losurdo also received an additional $2,500 from the Northern Wake Republican Club, where she used to be president, to raise the group’s overall total giving to $4,000.
Some other potentially familiar names in Losurdo's new report include include attorney Kieran Shanahan, Dr. James Fulghum, state Rep. Paul Stam, state Rep. Marilyn Avila, state Sen. Neal Hunt. former state Rep. Connie Wilson, former state Rep. Russell Capps, former Wake County Commissioner Gary Pendleton and Wake County Republican Party Chairwoman Susan Bryant.
The biggest donor in Hill's new report is the $4,000 he received from new school board member Susan Evans' campaign committee.
Some other interesting donors for Hill include the Teamsters, Gerda Stein, former Superintendent Del Burns, school board member Carolyn Morrison, former state Schools Superintendent Mike Ward, Swain Wood and Matthew Brown. Hill also received donations from a number of retired Wake principals and Central Office administrators, including Walt Sherlin, Gerald Pickett, Maurice Boswell and Teresa Abron.
Here's the reaction from Losurdo's campaign:
"What the level of financial support of Heather's campaign indicates is that parents and voters in Wake County are keenly aware of the significance of this runoff election on November 8 and appreciate what is at stake. It is further indication of the support of Heather's position on the issues facing the students, parents and voters in Wake County. Heather's support for Neighborhood Schools,increased Parental Choice, and Student Achievement ARE the issues that voters are concerned with.
Heather enjoys the support of not only the generous donors to her campaign, but the hundreds of volunteers, and the thousands of caring and concerned parents who have already voted for her once, and will be voting forher again. It is their hope that Heather emerges as the victor on November 8th so that their voices can be heard, and represented for the first time in a long time. The donations are only one reflection of the outpouring of support for Heather, much of it in response to the constant barrage of negative attacks. Heather is right on the issues and is right for the Wake County School Board."
Here's Hill's response:
"It's humbling that they have that trust and confidence in our campaign," Hill said of the more than 300 individual contributions he's received.