Developers populate Preckwinkle donor list


Alex Parker

January 21, 2010 @ 3:30 AM

Terrence O’Brien may have raised more money in 2009 than Alderman Toni Preckwinkle, but she has a sizeable advantage in cash on hand, according the latest semi-annual campaign finance disclosure reports submitted to the state.

Preckwinkle raised $281,044 in 2009, and ended the year with $444,519 and change in the bank. The reports cover the time period of July 1, 2009 to December 31, 2009.

Her largest expenses are for staff, but the campaign spent $10,000 to conduct a poll that has yet to be released.

UPDATE: The Preckwinkle campaign also benefited from transfers totaling $86,000, putting her total intake for the second half of 2009 at $389,390.

See the full report HERE.

Some notable donors:

$5,000 from Brinshaw Development, a Northbrook-based company that has developed property in Bronzeville.

$5,000 from Martha O. Clinton, a board member of the Hyde Park Art Center.

$10,000 from a company called ELH Partners. The address is the same as Elzie L. Higginbottom, a prominent developer and political fundraiser. He's the head of East Lake Management and Development, Inc, and a top Daley fundraiser.

State Rep. Heather Steans donated $2,500.

State Rep. Kwame Raoul lent $25,000 to the campaign.

Andrea Zopp, an attorney for Exelon Corp. and member of the Cook County Health and Hospitals System board of directors, donated $1,500.

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