The Oklahoma City mayor’s race has become a million dollar-plus contest.
Mayor Mick Cornett has out-raised opponent Ed Shadid almost 2-to-1, their campaign contributions reports show.
Cornett has raised $732,308 while Shadid has raised $376,223, mostly from loans to his own campaign.
Shadid made 10 loans to his campaign totaling $291,000, the report shows.
The election is Tuesday.
The reports reflect contributions, expenditures and any loans through Feb. 17.
Cornett has accepted $697,003 from individual donors, including $1,000 from former Sooner football coach Barry Switzer.
He has accepted another $26,500 from political action committees and has $8,805 in in-kind contributions.
“It shows people think the city is heading in the right direction,” Cornett said Tuesday of his donations.
He said his campaign met its fundraising goals and had an “extraordinary” donor base of more than 1,000 individuals.
Shadid has accepted $84,395 from individual donors. He has $450 in in-kind contributions and $378 from a refund.
Shadid said he was relying on small donors, in addition to the loans he made to his campaign. He estimated his campaign had collected donations from about 600 individuals.
“I’ve taken no money from any PAC or union — no outside group,” Shadid said.
Cornett is seeking to become Oklahoma City’s first four-term mayor. Shadid is a first-term councilman from Ward 2. The mayor earns $24,000 per year.
After campaign expenses, Cornett still had $337,416 on hand Feb. 17. After expenses, Shadid only had $23,049 remaining.
Two other challengers, Phil Hughes and Joe B. Sarge Nelson, have not filed any contribution reports yet at the Oklahoma Ethics Commission.
Also not on file at the Ethics Commission is any report by a group called OKC United, which has mailed campaign fliers to voters promoting Cornett’s re-election.
The group has a website, OKCUnited.org, and a Twitter account, @StrongerOKC, with 725 followers as of Friday.
Shadid called the campaigning by outside interests an instance of “same song, different verse.”
Shadid was opposed in his 2011 council race by a group called the Committee for Oklahoma City Momentum.
Cornett leads in TV ad race
Cornett is set to outspend Shadid 4-to-1 on the campaign in local TV in the run-up to Tuesday’s election.
According to records kept by Oklahoma City television stations, Cornett is running his 30-second spots about 700 times. Shadid had scheduled his 30-second spot to run 113 times.
Cornett had contracts for around $200,000 in ad time at city stations. Shadid was spending about $50,000. The figures do not include spending on cable TV.
Cornett began advertising three weeks before election day, debuting a new ad each week, while Shadid began advertising two weeks ahead of the election.
Shadid was concentrating on news programs, while Cornett was buying spots in prime time and early morning, and on game shows and soap operas in addition to news.
Crossroads Media LLC of Alexandria, Va., was serving as Cornett’s TV advertising consultant. Shadid’s ads were placed through local media consultants Britt Billins Sound Inc. and Sullins Media Group LLC.
If no candidate gets a majority on Tuesday, the top two finishers will advance to a runoff on April 1.
Elections officials say about 300,000 people will be eligible to vote.