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Chicago cash fills sheriff's war chest

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Darryl Enriquez
October 27, 2010
— With the mid-term elections less than a week away, Walworth County Sheriff David Graves reported his campaign raised $14,825 during the past two months.

Of that, $11,700 came from Illinois contributors, mostly in the Chicago area.


Graves is running for another term as sheriff. He and independent candidates Csaba Keller, a truck driver, and Paul Yakowenko, a county jailer, are on the Nov. 2 ballot. Keller and Yakowneko are exempt from filing finance reports because neither has raised more than $1,000.


"I have developed relations with people who have summer homes here in Wisconsin who feel they need good law enforcement," Graves said. "They have pretty large investments in the community."


With the addition of the new contributions, Graves' campaign accumulated account grew to $33,087.30. He spent $12,717.42 during the past two months.


Graves has $20,269.88 in his war chest, according to the report compiled by his treasurer, Duane D. Katzman.


Katzman also is president of the Walworth County Fair Foundation.


High-profile donors on the report include Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne M. Burke, who gave $900; Chicago Alderman Edward M. Burke, who gave $900; Live Nation's President of Midwest Music Mark Campana, who gave $900; and Turtle Wax Chief Executive Officer Denis Healy, who gave $350.


Graves spent almost $7,678 on newspaper advertising and $2,030 on radio spots.


Graves' campaign also has contributed money to other campaigns, including $500 to Tyler August's bid for the state 32nd Assembly District, $250 to Rebecca Kleefisch's bid for lieutenant governor, $250 to Scott Walker's campaign for governor and $250 for Paul Ryan's race for re-election to U.S. Congress.



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