Morrissey tops in mayoral money derby

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Rockford Mayor-elect Larry Morrissey beat incumbent Doug Scott in numbers of transactions and money generated in 2004 and 2005

When Rockford Mayor-elect Larry Morrissey toppled incumbent Doug Scott in the April 5 election, few knew Morrissey also generated more money in contributions than Scott, despite Scott being backed by top state Democrats. Morrissey also received a greater number of loans, outright contributions and in-kind contributions than Scott.

State election records examined for 2004 through April 8 indicate Morrissey’s campaign received $514,459 in 421 transactions to Scott’s $316,838 in 256 transactions. Nearly all of Morrissey’s campaign money came from the Rockford area, while about 60 percent of Scott’s campaign cash came from outside Rockford.

However, of the 10 largest contributors to the Morrissey campaign, five were loans that totaled $85,000, which came from R. Robert Funderberg and Supplycore Inc.— a downtown Rockford business operated by Peter Provenzano and Mathew Provenzano.

Of Scott’s 10 largest contributors, Scott and his wife were the largest contributor to his campaign. Scott and his wife loaned $25,000 to his campaign March 8. Developer and political heavyweight Sunil Puri donated $29,503 to Scott in four transactions between Dec. 8, 2004, and March 30, 2005—two of which were donated in February and March that totaled $20,0002 (see table right).

Morrissey’s top 10 contributors combined to donate or loan $147,917 between Nov. 30, 2004, and April 1, 2005. Scott’s top 10 donors or loans combined for $140,002 between Feb. 26, 2005, and March 30, 2005.

Scott received many large-money donations late in the campaign from political heavy hitters such as the Democratic Party of Illinois, Friends of Michael J. Madigan; Prairie Political Action Committee; National City Corporation Political Action Committee of Cleveland, Ohio; Illinois Political Action Committee for Education and Move Illinois Forward.

From the April 13-19, 2005, issue

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