The final funding tallies are in for the Lodi City Council election with incumbents JoAnne Mounce and Bob Johnson each raising more than $20,000 in 2008 while the other three candidates raised no money at all.
Johnson and Mounce were both successful in their re-election campaigns.
Johnson had $26,349 at his disposal during the campaign, with some of that money carried over from 2007. Mounce started the year with a balance of zero and raised $21,064.
Donations under than $100 do not need to be reported. In 2008, Mounce collected $3,489 in donations in addition to those that were reported, and Johnson pulled in $4,823.
Both Mounce and Johnson had donations from businesses, individuals and political action committees in the city.
Johnson said he thinks it is important for businesses to be involved in the political process.
"They've got a deep interest in what goes on in the city … Businesses make the money that makes this town tick," he said.
Many businesses and PACs decide how to donate money based on candidates' track records, Mounce said.
"No promises are made to do a specific thing," she said. "It's people supporting my political philosophy."
At the end of December, Mounce had $2,160 left, while Johnson still had $8,810 in the bank.
Because candidates have to get their name and message out to potential voters, money is the key to reaching people, Mounce said.
"The thing that most people don't understand is when you run for office, you have to run an advertising campaign," Mounce said. "It is the way to communicate with voters about who you are and what you stand for."
During the campaign, Johnson used donations for a Web site, mailings, newspaper advertising, billboards, yard signs, a campaign kick-off and an election night party. He also made some donations to nonprofits, including the Lodi Boys and Girls Club and the Lodi Police Association.
Mounce used her money for a Web site, to pay for campaign workers' travel, newspaper ads, Penny Saver ads, cable air time, billboards and a nonprofit fund-raiser for Lodi Adopt-A-Child
In the past, campaigns have been a lot more competitive with more candidates having higher name recognition, which leads to more campaign donations, Johnson said.
"Depending on the campaign and who the competition is, money can be extremely important," he said.
Khan said he decided to not fundraise for the election because he knew he could not raise more than the incumbents.
"It is just like a horse race. If you raise money, others will raise more than you," he said.
Another council run has not been ruled out, Khan said. But for now, he plans to focus on the boards and committees he is serving on.
Name recognition is important when running for council, DeBaugh said.
DeBaugh said he is regretful that he did not canvass more, but he said the election was an educational one.
"It's about making people aware. I don't believe it's all about money in Lodi," he said.
He will consider running again in two years, and would focus on canvassing, not on raising money.
Bates did not return phone calls Wednesday afternoon.
Donations during the 2008 campaign year
Friends of JoAnne Mounce:
PAQ, group that owns Food4Less and Rancho San Miguel - $3,500
Lodi Firefighters PAC - $3,000
American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees 146 - $1,500
Barbare Krengel - $1,000
Pacific Gas and Electric - $750
Betty and Dave Gates, retired - $500
California Real Estate PAC based in Los Angeles - $500
Waste Management - $500
Electrical 595 PAC - $500
Operating Engineers Local 3 - $500
Dougherty CPAs, Mounce's Stockton-based employer - $500
Farmers and Merchant Bank - $400
Paul's Safe Lock - $400
Chris Olsen, businessman - $300
Northern California District International Longshore and Warehouse Union - $300
Operating Engineers District 30 PAC - $250
Carl Fink, retired - $250
M and R Company - $200
San Joaquin Republican Central Committee - $200
Della Monica Snyder - $200
Gums Properties - $200
International Longshoremen - $200
Pennino and Associates - $150
Tim Mattheis, architect - $150
Gregory Costa, farmer - $125
California Waste Recovery Services - $100
James McCarty, retired - $100
Kirst Family Trust - $100
Vanadeane Brooks, retired - $100
Dolores Dayton, retired - $100
Gilbert Pitchford, retired - $100
Gilbert and Myrna Pitchford, retired - $100
Gina Moran, planner - $100
Jack Alquist, businessman - $100
Bradley Alderson, retired - $100
David and Earline Lund, retired - $100
David Kirsten, bean broker - $100
Jack and Barbara Flockhart, retired - $100
Emily Taromina, retired - $100
Richard P. Low, retired - $100
Committee to Elect Bob Johnson:
California Association of Realtors PAC based in Los Angeles - $2,500
Dave Kirsten, bean broker - $999
J.P. Butorac, retired - $500
Bob Jones, contractor - $500
F&M Bank - $500
CCT Telecom, communications - $500
Carl Fink, retired - $500
Larry Albers, retired - $500
Waste Management- $500
Lodi Gas Storage - $500
Blue Shield - $500
Lodi Chamber of Commerce PAC - $500
Troy Beckman, property manager - $300
Cecil Dillon, civil engineer at Dillon and Murphy - $300
Want Construction - $300
Pacific Gas and Electric - $250
Bob Asklof, retired - $250
Dan Phelps, CPA - $250
Vino Farms, farming - $250
NW Trading Co., commodities - $250
Frank Alegre, Frank Alegre Trucking - $200
Dan Lewis, owner of Taco Bell - $200
Bill Dauer, retired - $200
Dillon and Murphy, civil engineers - $200
Mike Solomon, computers - $150
Nick Cassesi, retired - $100
Marilyn Field, retired - $100
Bob Takeuchi, retired - $100
Tom Reichmuth, retired - $100
David Akin, vintner at Akin Estates - $100
Ed Craig, retired - $100
Tony Coyne, contractor - $100
Kurt Kautz, farmer - $100
Randy Rosá, attorney - $100
Lustre-Cal, manufacturer - $100
Kevin VanSteenberg, steel executive at Lodi Iron Works - $100
Chuck Correa, retired - $100
Gerry Schaffer, retired - $100
Mike Metcalf, owner of Avenue Grill - $100
Keith Ledbetter, retired - $100
A.M. Stephens Company, contractor - $100
Lowell Flemmer, realtor for K&W Realtors - $100
Joe Harrington, president and CEO, Lodi Memorial Hospital - $100
Jack Flori, retired - $100
Craig Norton, retired - $100
Jack Ronsco, retired - $100
Joe Berghold, vintner at Berghold Winery - $100
John Borelli, jeweler at Borelli Jewelers - $100
Jeff Kirst, builder - $100
Ken Gini, auto repair at Midas Mufflers - $100
Earline Lund, retired - $100
Dan Anderson, investor - $100
Phil Lenser, financial adviser for Edward Jones - $100
Accent Homes, mobile homes - $100
Roger Baffoni, retired - $100
Matt Blote, CPA - $100
California Waste Recovery Systems - $100
Pete Gibson, construction at FCB Homes - $100
Linda Kapic, retired - $100
Erick Albert, physician for Lodi Urological - $100
Randy Garcia - $100
Richard Jones, executive director of Boys and Girls Club - $100
Bozant Katzakian, retired - $100
Frank Gayaldo, grower - $100
Greg Soligan, window manufacturer - $100
Tom McKenzie, physician - $100