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N4T Investigators: Tracking campaign cash

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With the November 7th Tucson general election fast approaching campaigns are in a race for votes and cash.

News 4 Tucson Investigator Nick VinZant dug through campaign finance reports to find out who has the most money. And where they are getting it from.

City Council candidate Paul Durham is running for the seat in Ward 3. Records show he has raised $116, 771. Durham is the only candidate who has received matching public funds. According to election records Durham received more than $55,000 in public matching funds.

City Council candidate Gary Watson is running against Durham for a Ward 3 seat. Watson has raised $26,336. Firefighter political action committees from around the state donated $7,000 to Watson's campaign.

Current City Councilmember Richard Fimbres has raised $24,920. He is currently running unopposed.

City Council candidate Mariano Rodriquez has raised the most out of any candidate vying for a Ward 6 seat. Rodriquez has $42,968. Most of that money has come from more than 100 small donations ranging from $10-50.

City Council candidate Mike Cease has raised $1,420 in his attempt at Ward 6. Like Rodriguez, Cease has raised his money through a series of small donations.

Current Ward 6 City Councilmember Steve Kozachik has raised the least amount of money during his re-election campaign. Records show that Kozachik has raised only $200. Money he donated to his campaign.

Kozachik says that his lack of campaign cash is part of an attempt to get money out of politics. Instead of donating to his campaign the current city council is asking potential donors to contribute to non-profits instead

While there are more candidates for City Council, Political Action Committees have raised and spent far more money. 

Future of Your Zoo supports Proposition 202 and 203. Those propositions would pass into law a 1/10th cent sales tax increase that would then be used to fund maintenance projects and repairs at Reid Park Zoo. Future of your Zoo has raised $180,200.

Strong Start Tucson is another major Political Action Committee. Strong Start supports the so called Strong Start Initiative that would use a 1/2 cent sales tax increase to fund pre-school education for Tucson residents. Strong Start has raised more than $341,039. With $68,308 coming from Children and Family Resources and $50,000 from the Ohio Children's Fund.

The No on Prop 204 campaign has raised money very fast. The Political Action Committee first filed paperwork in September, since then they have raised $267,679. Much of that has come in the form of large donations, with several people giving $10,000 or more and several businesses giving $25,000 or more.

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