Political Action Committees (PACs) were the economic engine behind the 2015 mayoral race. Here's some analysis on where the money went and how it got there.
Other Mildly Interesting Observations
***I identified five "double dippers", companies that gave to the PACs of both mayoral candidates. The chart below shows when the contributions were made and the total amounts. Red Highlight: Together for a Greater Jacksonville (Curry). Blue Highlight: Taking Jacksonville to the Next Level (Brown).
***Four of the nations largest waste management companies supported Brown.
Republic Services: $30,000
Waste Management: $15,000
Advanced Disposal: $10,000
***Jacksonville Kennel Club and its subsidiary Best Bet threw their support behind Curry, $52,500.
***On August 21, 2014 Mayor Alvin Brown was one of 50+ mayors that signed a joint letter to the FCC supporting a merger between Comcast and Time-Warner Cable. One month later, on September 23, 2014 Comcast contributed $5,000 to Brown's PAC. They contributed another $5,000 on February 25, 2015.
Read the letter here, Brown's signature is on the bottom-right corner of the 4th page.
***Sometimes contributors who gave $$$ on more than one occasion adjust their personal information just slightly with each contribution. For instance, Wayne Weaver (former owner of the Jaguars among other ventures) plays a game of whack-a-mole with his middle initial. This isn't a huge deal but it can make it more difficult to sort through the campaign finance reports. Current owner of the Jaguars, Shahid Kahn's last name is spelled incorrectly twice. Maybe, we can chalk this up to data entry subjectivity...?
Wayne Weaver's Contributions to Together for a Greater Jacksonville (Curry).Shahid Khan's contributions to Taking Jacksonville to the Next Level (Brown).
The Largest Contributions
This list of the largest contributors to the 2015 Jacksonville mayoral election was calculated by looking at the campaign finance reports of Together for a Greater Jacksonville (Curry) and Taking Jacksonville to the Next Level (Brown). The eleven largest contributors to Curry and Brown's respective PACs are responsible for pumping $2.07 million dollars into the mayoral election, nearly 30 percent.
Together for a Greater Jacksonville's five largest contributors are responsible for 33 percent of the money raised, or $911k thousand of $2.78 million in monetary contributions.
Taking Jacksonville to the Next Level's five largest contributors make up 40 percent of the money raised, or $1.15 million of the $2.87 million raided in monetary contributions
Top contributors to the 2015 Jacksonville Mayoral Race here.
Written by Arash Kamiar