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New Wake County school board member Christine Kushner raised $51,343 in election campaign

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Wake County school board member Christine Kushner raised more than $50,000 in her bid to win the District 6 seat.

In her final 2011 report filed Wednesday, Kushner reported raising $51,343.47 and spending $37,123.21. This leaves the Democrat with $14,220.26 that she can use to donate to other groups or to prepare for a future campaign run.

Her main opponent, Republican Donna Williams, raised $48.335.96.

Kushner didn't receive much in the way of new donations between her last pre-election report and this one. But considering how she did polling and wound up getting 59 percent of the vote, it really wasn't needed.

One interesting donation in the new report is the $250 that Kushner received from DRIVE, the political action committee for the Teamsters Union.

Overall in the campaign, Kushner's biggest donors were Ann Campbell and John Campbell, who both gave $4,000, and Capitol Broadcasting CEO Jim Goodmon, who gave $2,000. Those three contributed 19.4 percent of her campaign funds.

There are some interesting disbursements in the final report.

Kushner felt secure enough in early October to give $1,750 to school board member Keith Sutton's campaign committee, not that he really needed the help to win District 4.

After the election, Kushner gave $2,000 to the Wake County Democratic Party.

She also paid $14,949.40 to Democratic campaign strategist Perry Woods and $1,164.30 to Democratic polling firm Public Policy Polling.

Kushner also paid $401.91 to the school system to help reimburse costs for the Dec. 6 swearing-in ceremony.

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T. Keung Hui covers Wake schools.