Newark mayor’s race: Jeffries, team raise more than $760K in campaign funds in last period, have less than $250K cash-on-hand

NEWARK – Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries and his council slate raised more than $760,000 during the last campaign fundraising period, according to official reports.

A copy of the fundraising report submitted by the Jeffries campaign to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) for the 29-day pre-election period ending on April 11 indicates that the Jeffries Team for Newark 2014 raised more than $763,700, and more than $1,350,800 to date. Jeffries and his council candidates are trying to defeat Newark mayoral candidate Ras Baraka and his council slate in the May 13 municipal election. 

The most recent ELEC report indicates that the Jeffries Team for Newark 2014 has more than $247,400 cash-on-hand. 

The copy of the ELEC report shows that 3 percent of the Jeffries Team for Newark 2014 donations this period came from contributions less than $300, with almost 5 percent of the total raised cumulative contributions coming in at less than $300. 

A closer look at Jeffries’ campaign expenses in the last filing period shows a considerable amount of money being spent on consulting and media firms from a wide geographic range. 

AKPD Media of Chicago was paid $60,000 for media work, the report shows. Brilliant Corners Research & Strategies of Washington, D.C. was paid more than $28,200 for consulting work by the Jeffries campaign, while Revolution Messaging, also of Washington, D.C., was paid more than $11,000 for the same service.

Mission Control, of Mansfield Center, Conn., was paid more than $90,200 for consulting work, the ELEC report shows. 

Newark mayor’s race: Jeffries, team raise more than $760K in campaign funds in last period, have less than $250K cash-on-hand