On Friday, the biggest news in the race for St. Louis mayor was that one of Lewis Reed's top donors is the "Grim Reaper of Radio" Bob Romanik, a convicted felon with ties to a major racketeering scandal.
Reed, the current president of the Board of Aldermen and challenger to Mayor Francis Slay, has over the weekend more than doubled his donations from his total first quarter filing. A notable chunk of the new money, however, does come from Romanik.
"When people start to believe in campaigns, wallets start to open up," Reed Campaign Manager Glenn Burleigh tells Daily RFT. "We've been doing a good job in this regard...[and now have] more money to keep fighting."
As we reported last week, as of Friday, Reed had a total of $39,731 in receipts on hand, compared to Slay's $103,551.73 total (though due to the timing of the when the camps' filings, they didn't cover the exact same period). And the reports showed that Slay's total expenditures were $987,654.61, compared to Reed's $77,719.26.
But since we published that story, Reed's team has filed two so-called "48 Hour Contribution Notices," which are mandated within two days of a campaign receiving a contribution of more than $5,000 from a single contributor.
The two reports account for a total of $45,000 in donations for Reed, which is a huge jump relative to what the campaign had on hand prior.
"We raised more money this last weekend than in the past last quarter," Burleigh says, adding, "Things are starting to look...up."
One of the new filings shows that Romanik, the controversial radio host, has donated $10,000 more -- in addition to the $10,000 he had already donated. (Romanik told us last week that it is time for change in St. Louis leadership and Reed's campaign said it was important to have the support of a politically involved figure east of the river).
And Burleigh tells us that these donations largely come from a fundraising trip in New Orleans over the weekend.
From the filings, it would appear that the new funds come from several different companies based in New Orleans, including a law firm, an architecture company and a facilities maintenance business.
Continue for copies of the most recent filings from Reed's campaign.
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