Warren outraises, outspends Battermann
SALISBURY - N.C. Rep. Harry Warren has spent three times as much and raised five times as much as his 77th District challenger Bill Battermann, according to their latest campaign finance reports.
Reports filed with the N.C. State Board of Elections show that Warren, a Republican, raised $70,458 and spent $35,454 this election cycle.
Battermann, a Democrat, raised $12,987 and spent $12,221 over the same time period.
Warren has held the 77th district seat in the state House for one term. He was elected two years ago into the N.C. General Assembly's new Republican majority.
Warren's receipts include a $10,266 loan to the campaign, $2,100 of which has been repaid. Political committees contributed another $31,958, which makes up 45.4 percent of his campaign funding.
Just 6.5 percent of the money Battermann raised, or $850, was donated by political committees.
For both candidates, nearly all individual contributions came from within Rowan County. The 77th district covers the northern and eastern portions of the county and doesn't extend beyond its borders.
Battermann has raised $9,911 since July 1. That includes $1,000 from Mona Lisa Wallace, an attorney and Salisbury resident who gave the largest individual donation in the past quarter.
He's also getting some support from Lorene T. Coates, of Salisbury, who represented N.C. House District 77 for 10 years until Warren narrowly defeated her in 2010. She gave $100 to Battermann's campaign in the past quarter, for a total of $350 this election cycle.
Other donations to Battermann's campaign include:
? $250 from James P. Hoffman, a self-employed attorney and Salisbury resident.
? $200 from Alice L. Everitt, of Petersburg, Va., an arbitration lawyer who has donated $400 in total.
? $200 from William C. Stanback, of Salisbury, a retired business owner.
? $200 from Samuel F. Lebowitz, of Salisbury, an engineer at ESC.
? $100 from Geoffrey F. Hoy, of Salisbury, a retired Lutheran pastor who has donated $200 in total.
Battermann received $850 in contributions from the following political committees:
? $500 from UAW North Carolina V PAC.
? $250 from Paul Luebke for State House.
? $100 from Democratic Women of Rowan.
Battermann has spent $10,275 in the past quarter, including $1,046 for newspaper and online ads in the Salisbury Post, $360 for print ads in the Coffee News, $225 for print ads in the Cleveland Chronicle, $27 for online advertising with Facebook and $2,355 at Kaeser and Blair Inc. in Batavia, Ohio, for brochures, signs and bumper stickers.
He also spent money at Office Depot in Salisbury for fair materials, Staples in Salisbury for office supplies and Vistaprint in Lexington, Mass., for campaign cards.
Battermann's other expenses include:
? $1,693 in pay and reimbursements to Kenneth Stutts, of Salisbury.
? $1,066 in pay and reimbursements to Faron Brazis, of Salisbury.
? $720 in pay to Sandra Kessler.
? $320 for event space at Catawba College.
Rowan County Sheriff Kevin Auten gave $125 to Warren's campaign. Salisbury Mayor Paul Woodson and Rowan County Commissioners Carl Ford and Jim Sides each gave $75, as did Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education member and county commissioner candidate Mike Caskey.
Warren's other campaign contributions include:
? $1,000 from Bret Busby, of Salisbury, a dentist.
? $1,000 from Julia Howard, of Mocksville, a Realtor.
? $1,000 from Greg Alcorn, a resident of Salisbury.
? $1,000 from Shari Graham, a resident of Salisbury.
? $1,000 from Vance Merhoff, a resident of Salisbury.
? $250 from Greg Edds, of Salisbury, business owner and chairman of the Rowan County Republican Party.
? $100 from Susan Cox, of Salisbury, candidate for the Rowan-Salisbury school board.
Warren received $17,625 in contributions from the following political committees:
? $1,000 each from Committee to Elect Linda Johnson, N.C. Advocates for Justice, N.C. State Farm Agents and Associates and Piedmont Stone Center PAC.
? $750 each from Carolink PAC, FCB Combined PAC and N.C. Beer and Wine Wholesalers.
? $500 each from Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough N.C. state/local political committee, Bank of America State and Federal PAC, Edgar Starnes Campaign, McGuirewoods Federal PAC, N.C. Hospital Association, N.C. Restaurant and Lodging PAC and North Carolina Chamber PAC.
? $250 each from Delhaize America PAC, Dominion PAC, Employees PAC and N.C. Merchants PAC.
? $550 from Committee to Elect Rayne Brown.
? $100 from David Curtis Campaign.
Warren has spent $20,423 in the past quarter, including $7,349 for newspaper ads in the Salisbury Post, $600 for print ads in the Cleveland Chronicle, $300 for radio advertising with WSAT, $240 for radio advertising with WSTP, $194 with Great American Publishing Company for advertising in Senior Savvy and $1,035 at SCS Service Inc. in Salisbury for lapel and bumper stickers, yard signs and a template.
He also spent money at Chandler Concrete and Building Supply in Salisbury for wire signs and materials, Office Depot in Salisbury for office supplies, MJH Services of Rockwell for accounting fees and Leah B Consulting of Charlotte for design of postcards and direct mail cards.
Warren's other expenses include:
? $1,213 to Matt Barr, president of Carolina Color in Salisbury, for a country club facility service fee for a fund raiser.
? $1,196 to April Byrd Consulting, of Huntersville, for consulting fees and fund raising commission fees.
? $308.44 to Salisbury Printing for country club fund raiser invitations and response cards.
? $250 to Salisbury-Rowan Friends for NRA for fund raiser event tickets.
Contact reporter Karissa Minn at 704-797-4222.