With just a few days to go until the April 6 municipal election, Moline Mayor Stephanie Acri's campaign has been bringing in big donations and spending just as much to win reelection.
According to Illinois State Board of Elections campaign finance data and Illinoissunshine.org, Acri has received $176,500 in contributions since Dec. 31, 2020, and currently has $958 in available funds. First-quarter expenditures have not been reported yet.
Mayoral opponent Sangeetha Rayapati has received $28,200 in contributions since Dec. 31, 2020, and has $5,939 in available funds.
The office of mayor in Moline is a part-time job that pays $20,000 a year and provides a monthly vehicle allowance.
Acri's largest single donation was a $50,000 loan from her own business, Evans Premium Manufacturing. The second-largest donation, $15,000, was given March 11 from the Committee For Better City Government, the same group that sent out two rounds of mailers this week criticizing Rayapati.
Since January, more than $78,000 in donations from entities related to the glass business have been given to Acri's campaign. Larry Anderson, owner of East Moline Glass, has been Acri's biggest financial supporter. His most recent individual donation of $6,000 was recorded March 8, and thousands more have been given in the name of his business, East Moline Glass, showing $12,000 in contributions.
Records show CTL Property Management, LLC, registered at the same address as East Moline Glass, 1033 7th St., East Moline, gave $12,000 to Acri's campaign, and CTL33 LLC gave another $12,000. Other donations are $12,000 from Glass Service Center and $12,000 from Illini Glass Solution.
Another $12,000 came from Moline Glass Co., 519 14th St., Moline. Property records show the Moline Glass building is owned by Anderson. Anderson said he did not own the business but that he leased the building to the Moline Glass business owners.
Anderson's son, Todd Anderson, has also given $6,000.
"She's my girlfriend, so I got pressure from her to support her," Larry Anderson said. "It's as simple as that. Stephanie and I have been friends for a long time, and she's my girlfriend for now and it's really nothing more than that.
"I just keep funding her and see what happens."
Rayapati's largest donation was $10,000 from the Friends of Kate Jennings Gerber committee. Gerber is deputy chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Moline.