Mayor David Fischer kicked in $20,000 of his own money in the final stretch of his re-election campaign, bringing his total fund-raising effort up to $101,287. Challenger Bill Klein put $21,000 of his own money into his campaign and raised about $81,540 all told, according to final campaign reports.
Klein's report did not reflect a separate and independent $5,700 direct mail piece from the local police union. But it shows that between March 1 and March 20, assorted law enforcement political action committees across the state gave at least $4,500 to Klein's campaign.
The reports were to be postmarked by 5 p.m. Friday, and both campaigns mailed them instead of delivering them to the City Clerk's Office. Klein's campaign gave a copy of its report to the Times on Friday, so the paper could review where his money came from and how it was spent. Fischer's treasurer, Bill Wallace, would not provide the Times with a detailed report Friday, giving only bottom line numbers.