Most of the school board candidates have filed their final pre-election campaign reports.
It's too early to get a definitive read on the finance situation because reports aren't in yet from most of the opposition candidates or from the Wake Schools Community Alliance or Take Wake Schools Back.
But the filed reports, which must be postmarked by today, show the candidates most supportive of school board policies are getting their money.
In District 1, the report from Rita Rakestraw shows she has raised $22,839.54. A lot of her new donors are from the Washington D.C. area, including from liberal groups like the Center for Community Change, the Advancement Project and the Washington Office on Latin America.
One of Rakestraw's local donors is John Wilson, executive director of the National Education Association.
In District 2, the report for Horace Tart show he's raised $7,555, not including the $3,601.98 he carried over from his prior campaign. A big chunk of his warchest continues to come from PACs, including $2,000 from the N.C. Association of Educators.
Tart also got money from Capitol Broadcasting President Jim Goodmon. He owns several local media outlets, including WRAL. Goodmon also gave money to Karen Simon and Lois Nixon.
One interesting case of hedging your bets can be seen in how Rolly Bannister Jr., owner of Bannister Properties LLC, has now given money to Tart and Cathy Truitt. Bannister's daughter, Amy White, was Tart's predecessor on the school board and has backed Truit.
In the latest report from Simon, she has raised $6,274.71. She's gotten money from Goodmon, Wake County Commissioner Lindy Brown, former N.C. Attorney General Rufus Edmisten and former Wake County PTA Council President Virginia Parker,
Simon has also loaned herself $1,949.71.
In the latest report from Prickett, she has raised $2,255 so far. Her latest donors include state Rep. Marilyn Avila and the Northern Wake Republican Club.
In District 9, the report from Lois Nixon shows she's raised $17,642.16. Her donors include Goodmon, former Cary Town Councilwoman Marla Dorrel, former Cary Mayor Harold Ritter and a trio of retired Wake principals in David Coley, Diane Payne and Richard Murphy.
Nixon also got money from the PACs of Lindy Brown, the N.C. Association of Educators, Knightdale Mayor Russell Killen and former Cary Town Councilman Nels Roseland.
Rakestraw and Simon are missing their PAC contribution pages in their latest reports.