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Saturday, November 03, 2007

Hosko files campaign finance info a week late

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Blogger Bob said...

Hosko files campaign finance info a week late
Pioneer Press
Article Last Updated: 11/02/2007 03:53:20 PM CDT

Ward 2 city council candidate Bill Hosko has finally complied with election finance laws, just days before general election voters will weigh his challenge to incumbent Dave Thune.

Hosko filed his campaign disclosures shortly after noon today, elections officials said. The filing came a week after the statutory deadline for campaign finance paperwork and after repeated inquiries from the Pioneer Press about his intention to comply with state and local election law.

His campaign filed its previous disclosures six days after the primary election polls closed in September. Neither of the two principal Ward 2 challengers had detailed where their money was coming from before voters had to choose among the five candidates in the Sept. 11 preliminary vote.

Hosko could not immediately be reached for comment on his filing. The paperwork shows that he is financing much of his recent campaign himself: he lists his Hosko Gallery as giving his election effort a $10,000 campaign loan, the second such loan this year. The other notable contributions to his run for City Hall come from the owners of local bars including DiGidios, O'Gara's and Mancini's. The owners of all three were vocal opponents of the smoking ban that incumbent Dave Thune proposed in 2004 and that has since been established statewide.

He claimed to have raised a total of $12,010 between the primary and Oct. 23, added to $10,000 he claimed to have raised before the primary. About 72 percent of that fundraising, though, came from his own pocket.

Most of Hosko's expenditures went to the lawn signs; another $1,900 paid for campaign literature and $2,000 went to his campaign manager, Michael Gay.

Although substantially less than the $29,800 raised by his opponent, Hosko has, at least on paper, one of the most serious challenges to any of the six incumbents on this fall's ballot. Thune finished with less than half of the votes in the primary, the only sitting city council member to do so.

6:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is so sad on this is the guy owns a "galary" that is rarely if ever opened and it made enough money to "loan" the campaign $16,000. The rest of his his money is all from bar owners ticked about the smoking ban.

The guy is a joke who knows little or nothing about St Paul. The wrong Bill came in second.


Chuck Repke

10:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You always pick on people called Bill that would stand up against Thune's tune.
When you went to Humboldt High School did a kid named Bill kick your butt?

12:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:43, It is Soooo..... obvious you are Bill Dahn. Bill sign your name you can't hide from anyone here.

1:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There was a post here earlier claiming Eric Mitchell donated $2500 to Montgomery. That was not the case. Eric actually received two payments of $2500 each for a total of $5000..

Let us in on the secret Eric. How can we make this kind of money off a campaign?

1:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does Eric Mitchell hang out at the Twin City Airport?
Is that called, the twin city biffy department?
By the way, is that headed by Susan Kimberly?

1:54 PM  

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