The paperwork came through after closing time, but Zeph Baker finally caught up Monday on filing his campaign disclosures in the Columbus mayor’s race.
His late filing with the local elections office leaves his campaign to pay $100 in late fees for the disclosures due for September, but no late fees for the latest report due this month, said elections director Nancy Boren.
Critics were asking how Baker could support open government or manage the city as mayor if he could not disclose his own campaign contributions and expenditures on time.
Though in a more high-profile race, Baker was not the only candidate late in filing his disclosure reports. The elections office also had not received filings from at-large council candidates Bert Coker and Winston Pitters, or from Muscogee school board District 2 incumbent John Wells, who has to file reports even though he faced no opposition this year, Boren said.
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Baker’s financial reports showed nothing shocking, just that he collected $11,111 in October and spent $9,648 — mostly on advertising, campaign materials and rent for his headquarters — leaving a balance of $1,463.
His report for the period from July through September showed he got $36,701 in contributions and spent $36,215, leaving a balance of $486. Again, most of his expenses were for advertising, rent, materials and other standard campaign costs.
Baker faces front-runner Teresa Tomlinson in a Nov. 30 runoff, having received 26 percent of the Nov. 2 vote to Tomlinson’s 43 percent.
Tomlinson in her latest disclosure filed Nov. 1 reported $182,719.93 in contributions and $179,881.84 in expenditures, leaving a balance of 2,838.09. Most of her expenses were also the standard costs of advertising, campaign signs and equipment for her headquarters.
Tomlinson’s Oct. 6 disclosure reported $174,668.93 in contributions and $146,441.99 in expenses.