Welcome to City Paper's database of campaign contributions -- Pittsburgh's only fully searchable online guide to contributions made in city election races.
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Currently, the database contains contributions made to candidates running for County Executive, City Council, City Controller, and Mayor of Pittsburgh. Information is current through the dates indicated below. Check back for updates to the database in the days ahead.
County Executive, Allegheny County:
Campaign contributions for the incumbent, County Executive Dan Onorato, are current as of Dec. 31, 2006. The lone Democratic challenger, Rick Swartz, did not enter the race until 2007. More recent contribution data for both candidates will be appearing shortly.
Mayor, City of Pittsburgh:
Campaign contributions for the incumbent, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, are current as of Dec. 31, 2006. More recent contribution data will be appearing shortly. Ravenstahl's sole challenger in the Democratic primary, City Councilor Bill Peduto, has dropped out of the race.
Controller, City of Pittsburgh:
Campaign contributions are current as of Dec. 31, 2006 for the following candidates: incumbent Tony Pokora, challenger Michael Dawida, Allegheny County Prothonotary Michael Lamb, and City Councilor Doug Shields. Challenger DaMon Macklin did not report campaign activity in 2006.
More recent contribution information for all these candidates will be added shortly.
City Council, District 1
Campaign contribution data for the incumbent, Darlene Harris, is current as of Dec. 31, 2006, and will be updated shortly. Data for Harris' challengers, Robin Rosemary Miller and Valarie D. Coleman, will be posted as it becomes available.
City Council, District 3
Contribution data for both the incumbent, Jeffrey Koch, and challenger Bruce Kraus, is current as of May 4.
City Council, District 5
Campaign contribution data for the incumbent, Doug Shields, is current as of Dec. 31, 2006. More recent data will be added shortly. Shields is facing no opposition in his council district this year.
City Council, District 7
Contributions for the incumbent, Len Bodack, and challenger Patrick Dowd are current as of May 4, 2007.
City Council, District 9
Contribution data is current as of Dec. 31, 2006 for incumbent Twanda Carlisle. Carlisle has reported no additional activity since then, and of the seven challengers facing her in the May primary, only two, Leah Kirkland and Rev. Ricky Burgess, have filed campaign finance reports. This information will be added to the database shortly.
By state law, financial reports divide contributions into various categories, each with its own standard of disclosure. Contributions of $50 or less do not need to be itemized; candidates can report them as a lump sum. Contributions of more than $50 must be reported individually. Contributions made by special-interest groups known as Political Action Committees (PACs) must be logged by date and amount, with a mailing address provided. Individuals who contribute more than $50 must report the amount, date, and address; those who contribute in excess of $250 must also provide the name and address of their employer.
Standards of disclosure vary from candidate to candidate; some entries in the database may be incomplete due to a candidate's failure to properly disclose necessary information. Entries may also be incomplete or erroneous due to flawed or illegible entries on the forms themselves. If you have questions or concerns about the database, or wish to report an error, please contact Editor Chris Potter.