Full disclosure: Who funded the campaigns?

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By KATHARINE GRAYSON

2005 Vote
As of Tuesday morning, documents available from the Illinois State Board of Elections offered some insight into who supported whom in this year's Oak Park village elections, as well as the campaign for the park district referendum.

Surprisingly, the Village Manager Association-slated Oak Park First (OPF) candidates and the New Leadership Party (NLP) managed to pull in about the same level of funding.

Including individual contributions, loans and in-kind support, the VMA slate raised about $21,517, in the period from Jan. 24 to March 6, according to documents received by the state on March 25. Meanwhile, the NLP slate garnered a total of $25,023, with over half the funding?#34;$13,158?#34;coming from loans.

The NLP figures also reflect a report that includes the total funding pulled in 30 days before the election, while such a report on OPF was not yet available.

Of the NLP loans, Oak Parker Brian Farrar, who actively opposed the Whiteco highrise project, provided  $7,250, while Oak Parker Craig Williams made loans of $4,908. With a total of $12,158, Farrar and Williams' loans made up almost half of the group's total financial support. New Control LLC, a company sharing Williams' reported address, also contributed $997 in in-kind support, made up mostly of computer services and printing.

The OPF campaign, however, received only one $1,000 loan, from the Village Manager Association. Just less than half?#34;$9,263 out of $19,787?#34;of the cash contributions from individuals were specifically listed in a report. Out of those available, however, the largest contribution?#34;at only $575?#34;came from OPF candidate Ray Barbosa.

Of the $8,575 the NLP received in individual cash contributions, specific information was only available on donors who gave a total of $3,650. Of those contributions, David Spagat, an Oak Park resident active in pressing the village to open an animal shelter, gave the most, at $580.

Independent village president candidate David Pope reported receiving $7,598 in funding, but no individual contributors were listed.

On the park referendum campaign, the "Renew our Parks" committee received $15,150, according to documents filed on March 24, all comprised of individual contributions. Of that, donors giving a total of $13,700 were specifically listed.

Some of the largest supporters included youth sports groups, with Oak Park Youth Baseball/Softball and Oak Park AYSO each giving $1,000. Other large contributors included the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory, at $2,000, as well as First Bank of Oak Park, Community Bank of Oak Park and River Forest, Oak Park Attorney George Vinyard each giving $1,000. Friends of Don Harmon (the state senator) contributed $1,500.
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Oak Park First
? Sitting Village Trustee Ray Johnson gave a total of $250.
? Outgoing Village President Joanne Trapani contributed a total of $450.
? Ade Onayemi, outgoing District 97 board president, gave $200.
? Architect and local developer John Schiess contributed $200.
? Bill Planek, whose company owns a multitude of multi-family buildings in Oak Park, gave $250.
? Former trustee David Sokol, who is also husband of clerk candidate Sandra Sokol, gave $250.
? Former trustee Frank Muriello contributed $250.
? Margaret Kostopulos gave $375.
New Leadership Party
? Whiteco foes were, not surprisingly, strong supporters of the NLP campaign. Alan and Steven Berggren gave a total of $600; Holley Court Terrace resident Rose Meyer gave a total of $160; Former trustee and Whiteco opponent John Troelstrup gave a total of $240.
? Citizens for [Julie] Samuels contributed $200. Julie Samuels made a $629 in-kind contribution in postage costs.
? The Village Citizen Alliance, which fielded a slate of candidates in the last election, gave a $1,000 loan.
? Morningside Children's Academy gave $1,000.
Renew our Parks
? Nutoys Leisure Products Inc., a La Grange-based recreation and sporting goods store, donated $500
? Russ Selman and Nancy Rich, the park district attorneys handling the Barrie Park cleanup project, contributed a total of $550.
? Former Park District Director John Hedges gave $250.
? Current parks director Gary Balling gave $250. Parks building and grounds director Mike Grandy gave $200.
? Park commissioner Mark Gartland gave $250; Commissioner David Kindler gave $250. Kelly Construction?#34;owned by outgoing park board president Tim Kelly?#34;gave $250.

?#34;Compiled by Katharine Grayson

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