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Zahnd ahead of Glick
in campaign donations

by Ivan Foley
Landmark editor

If the size of a campaign's financial war chest will eventually determine the winner, pencil Eric Zahnd in as the early favorite in the race for Platte County Prosecutor in November.

To this point Zahnd has raised more and spent less than his opponent.

Zahnd will be the Republican challenger to Tammy Glick (D), who was appointed interim prosecutor by Gov. Bob Holden last fall after Todd Graves left to accept the position of U.S. Attorney for Western Missouri.

Through June, Zahnd had raised $62,000 in his election bid, while Glick had raised approximately $42,000. Their is a bigger disparity in cash on hand, however, as Glick has spent about $10,000 more than Zahnd through June.

Candidates were required to submit their quarterly financial reports by July 15. According to those reports, Zahnd's campaign had $50,056 on hand at the end of June compared to $22,367 in cash on hand for Glick.

Records show Glick has spent slightly more than $19,000 on her election bid thus far, while Zahnd lists total election expenditures to this point at $9,547.

Expenses for Glick include total payments of $6,000 thus far to R.L. Steinman and Associates of Independence for consulting services. Glick's report lists the description of services rendered by that firm as "research on issues and opposition background; direct mail production; volunteer organization and fundraising."

Zahnd said he finds it surprising that Glick feels the need for a campaign consultant in a county race.

"It's surprising that Ms. Glick has the money to hire a campaign consultant in a countywide race and I'm troubled by the fact that his job description is listed as opposition background, which is to dig up dirt.

"That seems to be an indication of where she wants to take this campaign," Zahnd said this week.

Glick defends her use of a paid consultant.

"I'm not a professional politician. This is the first race I've ever run. I'm a fulltime prosecutor. I don't have time to run a campaign against an experienced politician without some assistance," she said.

When asked if she is happy with the performance of the consulting firm, Glick replied: "No comment."
The Steinman firm was paid $3,000 on April 5 and another $3,000 on June 7.

Other expenses listed by Glick for the most recent quarter include: $759.22 to Shiloh Springs Golf Club for food and beverage during an April fundraiser; $2,500 paid to Voter Data Service LLC; $1,307.45 to Damar Printing of Kansas City; $1,350 paid to James Farley for office space rent; and $286.50 in postage costs.

Zahnd's major expenditures during the last quarter have included: $4,550 to Majority Strategies for printing; $817.21 to Rob Willard for salary; $93.51 to the law firm of Bryan Cave for phone/copy/fax expenses; $150 to Bixler Photography; $226.79 to Horizon Screen Printing; $401.88 in postage; and $141.25 to OfficeMax for various office supplies and copies.

Heading into the most recent quarter, Zahnd had $54,599 in total receipts. He raised nearly an additional $7,700 from April through June.

He had previous expenses of roughly $2,800 heading into the most recent quarter, and spent $6,740 from April through June.

Meanwhile, Glick had previously reported roughly $27,000 in receipts prior to the most recent quarter. She took in an additional $14,700 during April-June.

Glick had spent $6,859 prior to the most recent quarter, then spent an additional $12,208 from April through June.

Glick said she doesn't see the disparity in cash on hand as a big problem.

"But obviously I'd want more money to keep up with my opponent," she said.

"My support is coming from local people who want someone with experience that knows how to practice law running that office," she said. "His money is coming from outside the state and from the far eastern side of the state."

Zahnd said the "outside the state" funding Glick refers to is minimal. He said he has relatives from outside the state who have given, just as Glick has family members from outside the state who have given to her campaign.

Zahnd said other out of state money he has received can be explained by the fact he attended law school in North Carolina, and he has received donations from people connected with his days at law school.

"I'm very proud that my campaign is being funded from all over Platte County by people from all walks of life, and not just from criminal defense attorneys," he said.

The next quarterly campaign finance reports for candidates in the November general election are due in the board of elections office Oct. 15.