Ipswich candidates splash cash on election campaigns
There are just over four weeks until Ipswich residents hit the polls to vote in a new council and keen candidates have already spent more than $145,000 on their campaigns, according to the Electoral Commission Queensland's electronic disclosure system as of yesterday afternoon.
The biggest spender is mayoral candidate David Martin who has spent a total of $33,763, including more than $7,850 on a billboard in Bundamba.
Mr Martin has disclosed $27,000 in donations, which have been broken up into three $9000 increments, with each donor listed as David and Jacqui Martin.
Division three candidate Marnie Doyle has also splashed some cash on her campaign, with her expenditure reaching more than $20,000.
She, too, has invested in a billboard in Bundamba, which cost $5000.
No donations for Ms Doyle have been listed on the electronic disclosure system.
Also, in division three is Toni Gibbs who has spent $16,230.01. Her biggest expense was $5562.40 which was used for her "online campaign and design".
Mayoral candidate Teresa Harding's expenditure is close to $14,000 so far.
Printing campaign T-shirts has been her biggest expense at $2366.00.
Mrs Harding has received $25,500 in donations.
Her largest donation has come from CFCL Pty Ltd which has donated $8000 to her campaign.
The amount of donations has been almost as high as the amount spent on campaigns, with candidates receiving a combined $144,072.
The mayoral candidates have received more than half of that.
Division four candidate Kate Kunzelmann has received $20,950 in donations. Most of which has come from John Fraser.
Ursula Monsiegneur has received close to $14,000 in donations, but has only spent half of that on her campaign.