BLOOMINGTON — A final tally shows incumbent Mayor Tari Renner raised $40,579 in cash contributions and spent $37,360 — nearly double the amount raised and spent by his opponent, Kevin Lower — in the April 4 mayoral election.
The amounts were contained in the most recent online documents posted by the Illinois State Board of Elections.
Lower, who did not seek re-election as Ward 1 alderman so he could oppose Renner in the mayoral race, spent $20,253 of $21,306 in cash contributions, leaving a balance of $1,053, according to a second-quarter report filed July 8.
That report details expenditures and contributions from April 1 through June 30.
Renner and Lower emerged from a five-way race in a Feb. 28 primary to face off on April 4. Renner easily won a second term by a margin of 6,038 votes to 4,644.
Meanwhile, Lower's unsuccessful campaign for mayor is facing a $487 fine for failing to report donations within a required time frame set by state election laws.
The Lower campaign fine is “for a set of violations for this committee,” Tom Newman, director of campaign disclosure at the state elections board, said Tuesday.
That board requires candidates to file an A-1 form for each donation of $1,000 or more within five business days, or within two business days if it is within 30 days of an election.
Newman said Lower's campaign committee failed to report five such donations during the quarter that ended March 31.
Lower said he intended to have all the reports filed properly but a campaign official failed to file the paperwork on time.
"I don't think it was intentional, but unfortunately the error was made," he said.
“This is the first set of A-1 violations for this committee so the penalty automatically gets knocked down to 10 percent of that $4,874,” said Newman. “So the maximum they are looking at is a $487 penalty.”
Lower's committee was not among those receiving notices of penalty assessments that state elections officials sent out July 7.
“I don't know why they did not get included, but they should have been,” said Newman. “They certainly will be in our next set of assessments in the next couple of months. We do these in big batches.”
Newman said he did not see any violations in Renner's campaign disclosures.