Gov. Norm Bangerter has raised $416,210 in his re-election effort so far this year and his Democratic opponent, Ted Wilson, has raised $400,844.
Monday, candidates for statewide office must file their first financial disclosure statements with the lieutenant governor's office. The reports are to detail fund raising and expenditures.Campaign managers from both Wilson's and Bangerter's staffs said their candidates are well on their way to raising and spending $1 million each in the governor's race.
Independent gubernatorial candidate Merrill Cook couldn't be reached Saturday for comment on his financial report. However, several weeks ago Cook told the Deseret News that he expects to file a report showing he raised about $15,000 from private individuals and businesses and had contributed about $20,000 to the campaign himself. Cook said he will contribute $200,000 personally to his campaign and hopes to raise $100,000 from outside his campaign.
Neither Wilson nor Bangerter will put any of their own money into their campaigns, they said.
Dave Buhler, Bangerter's campaign manager, said the governor has gone beyond the letter of the law in reporting his finances.
Each year the governor holds the "Governor's Ball," a gala dinner/dance, which raises between $75,000 and $100,000. "About 90 percent of that money is used in unofficial, non-reimbursable expenses associated with being governor, like air fare for First Lady Colleen Bangerter to travel with the governor, gifts for visiting dignitaries and other items we don't want the taxpayers to pay for," said Buhler.
In his report, Bangerter has listed all the money from the ball and accounted for those unofficial expenses. Counting contributions to the balls as campaign contributions, Bangerter has raised $656,000 since 1984 and spent $583,700, including legitimate campaign expenses and unofficial gubernatorial expenses, Buhler said.
Wilson's report shows of his $400,844 raised, he has spent as of July 1 $384,558, leaving only about $17,000 in cash on hand.
Bangerter has spent $343,865 of his $416,210, leaving $72,345 in cash in the bank.
The candidates provided different summaries of their contributions to the Deseret News, so their fund raising can't be directly compared.
Rob Jolley, Wilson's campaign manager, said Wilson has collected $367,780 in cash contributions and $33,063 in in-kind contributions. The average cash contribution was $286. Twenty percent of Wilson's contributions have come from out of state for a total of $76,765. Wilson has collected $324,079 through in-state contributions.
Jolley said labor groups have given Wilson $50,995, about 13 percent of his total; individuals have given $165,322, or 41 percent; businesses have given $125,007, or 31 percent; the Democratic Party has given $22,500, or 6 percent; and political action committees have given $37,019, or 9 percent.
"I have gotten money from labor, but my business support is even stronger. I think that is significant," said Wilson.
Buhler didn't have Bangerter's contributions broken up in that manner. He did, however, have a contribution list available. Under Utah law, unlike federal campaign regulations, it is legal for businesses to give to state and local political campaigns.
Bangerter's contributions listshows that the Republican Party gave $25,000; the Southern Pacific Railroad and the Union Pacific Railroad each gave $10,000; AMAX gave $4,000; and local businessmen John Price, Roger Boyer, L.S. Skaggs and Joe Cannon each gave $5,000. Bangerter's brief GOP opponent, Jon Huntsman, also gave $5,000. And Utah Jazz owner Larry Miller gave $5,000.
Wilson said he also is supported by the Jazz. Jazz coach Frank Layden will hold a fund-raiser for him later this summer, Wilson said.