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Hays Free Press * April 15, 2015 HEWS Page 3A BY MOSES LEOS III Two political newcom- ers have outpaced their opponents in war chest funding as candidates ready for the rtm up to the May 9 Kyle City Council elections. According to campaign finance reports filed on April 9, District 5 candi- date Damon Fogley and District 6 challenger Dex Ellison amassed the most political contributions out of six candidates. So far, both have spent a com- bined $701. Thus far, Fogley has taken the reins both in fundraising and spending over opponents Laurie Luttrell and ]aime San- chez. All three are vying for the District 5 seat held by Samantha Bellows, who announced in January she wouldn't seek a second term. Among Fogley's con- tributions was a $1,000 donation from devel- oper Rick Coleman. He received a combined $475 from four Lockwood Andrews and Newnam (LAN) employees. They include Regional Director Drew Hardin and Senior Associate Loft Bible. In addition, Fogley received $125 in various donations from his Go- FundMe crowdsourcing account. The account, created on March 5, raised $325 dollars as of April 11. GoFundMe allows peo- ple to fundraise online by accepting donations from known and anonymous sources. According to Ian Steusloff, assistant gen- eral counsel at the Texas Ethics Commission, there .... is no advisQry opinion that's addressed the use of GoFundMe for political fundraising. But candidates must continue to follow the rules in reporting con- tributions. Those rules include listing all contri- butions and naming all donors. "Whenever a person contributes, they (can- didates) need to obtain who that contributor is," Steusloff said. "You can't have an anonymous donor." Both Fogley and Ellison, who also has a campaign GoFundMe ac- count, have listed names and amounts of dona- tions accepted. During the reporting period, Fogley spent a little over $500. Of that amount, $127.29 went to setting up his website and advertising his campaign through social media. Primary expenses have gone toward printing business cards and flyers, which Fogley has spent upwards of $450. The expenses go along with his initial strategy, which he said is combat- ing the name recognition of his opponents. His tac- tics include door-to-door visits, flyers, setting up a campaign website and using a Facebook page. However, Fogley was seen placing political signs around Kyle on April 11. An expense for signs was not reported. According to Fogley, the order for the signs was placed in the first week of April, but the expenditure wasn't made until after the reporting period. He said the sign ex- pense will be on the next reporting period. Meanwhile, Lutrell did not take contributions, but did make $26 in expenditures. Sanchez will accept no political contributions and does not have to report. Luttrell, who is in the process of moving, said she does have people she'd like to ask for con- tributions, but that she hasn't actively asked at this time. council race CAMPA|GI | FIHAHCE REPORTS DISTRICT 5 I make car buying easy! No Hassles! Credit problems? Multiple Financing Options! Contact Daniel Gonzales, Hays County resident, at 210-380-2030 or danie/@/ulingchevrolet, com. Damon Fogley - reporting Feb. 24 to April 9 Total political contributions- $2,740 Total politlical expenditures - $70.73 Total political contributions as of last day of r eporting period - $2,217.20 Contributions over $400: Rick Coleman - $1,000 F0fiLEY Adam Gouge - $400 Laurie Luttrell - reporting Feb. 26 to Mar. 30 Total political contributions - $0 Total political expenditures - $26.81 Total political contributions maintained as of the last day of reporting period - $0 LUTTRELL SANCHEZ Jaime Sanchez *Did not file DISTRICT 6 Tammy Swaton (i) - reporting Feb. 28 to May 9 *Filed for Modified Reporting Total political Contribution - $832.28 Total political expenditures - 832.28 Total political contributions maintained as of last day of reporting period - 0 Contributions over $400: David Salazar- $747.71 (in-kind contribution) SWATON Dexter Ellison - reporting Jan. 28 to April 9 Total political contributions - $2,126.00 Total political expenditures - $179.96 Total political contributions maintained as of last day of reporting period - $1,246.04 Contributions over $400: Ashley Tullis - $450 (in-kind contribution) iiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!iiiiiii! iiiiiili~iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!iii!~ iiii!~iiiii!iii~i!ii~iiiiiiiiii!! iiiiiii;iiiiii~iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii ii!i!i! i iiiiiiii iiiiiiiiiiiiii iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!iiiiiii~ilili iiiiiiiiii~iiiii] iiiiii;iiiiiiiiiiiiiii!iiiiiiiiiii iiiiiiii!~iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiil iii!!iii!iii!i~iiiiiii!iiiiiii!!~i ii!iiiiiiiiiiiili!iiiiiiiiiiiiii~i For digging projects large or small, call 811 at least 48 hours before you begin. 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TENORIO While she welcomes contributions, she also didn't believe raising a major amount of money could affect voters. "I don't feel like it makes a whole lot of difference," Luttrell said. "I think I have people that will vote for me whether or not they contribute to my campaign." In the race for the District 6 seat, newcomer Dex Ellison raised more than $2,100 in contribu- tions. He is facing in- cumbent Tammy Swaton and challenger Daphne Tenorio in the race. Roughly $700 of Elli- son's intake was in the form of in-kind contribu- tions from John and Ash- ley Tullis of Kyle. A total of $450 went to a photo session; the remaining $250 went toward cam- palgn pins. Ellison also benefitted from the use of a GoFund- Me account, created on Jan. 29. Thus far, Ellison's account raised $840 dollars. In expenditures, Ellison reported spending $179; $111 went toward cam- paign business cards. The remainder went toward expenses for his GoFund- Me account. Swaton reported polit- ical contributions of over $832. The expenses mir- rored her contributions. The biggest donation to Swaton came in the form of a $747.71 in-kind contribution from David Salazar of Kyle. The do- nation and later expense went toward yard signs. Tenorio reported no political contributions or expenses during the peri- od, saying not accepting campaign contributions is in line with her princi- ples. She said her husband, Hays CISD school board member Willie Tenorio, has also employed this principle in his cam- paigns. "We have never accept- ed contributions. That's something we choose not to do," Tenorio said. "We choose to fund our cam- paigns ourselves." WHAT'S HAPPEN|NG? Share LOCAL EVENTS with us on the Hays Free Press EVENTS CALENDAR It's free to non-profit organizations. We reserve the right to edit or limit calendar entries.