Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Final Disclosures in DA's Race Show Funk With Sizable Financial Advantage

Posted By on Wed, Apr 30, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Final pre-election campaign finance numbers were filed with the state yesterday and Glenn Funk continues to outpace his opponents in fundraising in the race to succeed DA Torry Johnson.

In April, Funk raised a whopping $112,512, while Rob McGuire raised $48,379 and Diane Lance brought in only $11,974. In total, that brings Funk's fundraising, including a $100,000 personal loan, to more than $500,000.

The cash-on-hand numbers painted a similar picture.

As of yesterday's filing, the Funk campaign had $89,208. The bulk of Funk's spending has been more than $200,000 in television ads since January, but interestingly Funk also bought another $2,500 in targeted Facebook ads in April while other campaigns spent zero with the social network.

McGuire's campaign was down to $8,602 for the final 10 days of the campaign, while Lance's balance sheet showed $50,814 for the stretch run.

Pith asked the Funk campaign about the Facebook buy and the return on investment. Campaign manager Kevin Teets responded: "Since February 1 our Facebook ads have reached 862,088 unique individuals, with 5,754,109 impressions. The ads have been targeted to Facebook users in Davidson County. The buy has given us over 5 million views."

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