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Financial disparity

The Allen County Democrats were late turning in their finance report last week, but the filed documents show a familiar story: Democrats raised less money than the Republicans.

The party’s report, which was filed a day after the March 1 deadline, showed Democrats raised $61,782 last year and spent $63,029. In comparison, the local Republicans raised $154,221 last year and spent $161,419.

Many of the Democrats donations came from party supporters making automatic contributions from their bank accounts – a service Republicans previously noted can cause blips when the contributor dies but the contributions continue.

Republicans’ largest contributor was Bruce Dye, who gave the party $17,100 last year, including $8,600 to supplement the cost of the Bean Dinner fund raiser.

The Dems biggest expense was $12,018 to a group from Virginia for door hangers. It also spent $9,000 on rent. The GOP spent more than $27,000 on rent and other expenses related to its headquarters.

The Democrats ended the year with $5,120 in the bank compared to $23,546 for Republicans.