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Brown leads Senate 15 field in campaign cash

The first fundraising deadline in the Senate District 15 race shows Liz Brown with an initial lead in campaign cash.

Brown raised the most at $42,700, with about $28,000 on hand.

The report is the 2013 annual report, but covers only a few months of active fundraising for the candidates.

“Liz's campaign finance report clearly demonstrates her support within the district from individuals and respected members of the business community," touted campaign manager Veronica Wilson. "Liz was able to raise the most money in a brief period and during the busiest holiday season of the year, no less. Her fundraising capacity is larger than that of her opponents, demonstrated by her ability to raise moderate amounts from voters within the district."

But about $15,500 of Brown’s fundraising came from personal donations from her and her husband.

Allen County Councilman Darren Vogt raised about $25,681 and has $16,000 on hand. None of his donations came from himself.

Allen County Sheriff Ken Fries raised $18,532, with almost all of that left to spend. He did not contribute to his own campaign.

Brown pointed out in her news release that almost a third of his contributions came from one individual. Interestingly, more than a third of her contributions came from her and her husband.

And businessman Jeff Snyder raised $12,650, with almost $11,000 on hand. Much of his fundraising – about $8,000 – was a personal donation from himself.