Mayor Mark Stodola finally filed his final campaign finance report for his unopposed re-election as Little Rock mayor Dec. 23.
I say finally because Stodola had no opponent. He did most of his fund-raising around the end of July. His total campaign expenditures? $154.93. It wasn’t like he had a lot of heavy bookkeeping to do after Nov. 4.
Stodola finished the season with a surplus of $101,735.85. I asked him once some time ago about this plans for the money and I’ve sent him a note repeating that inquiry today. The first go-round he didn’t have a ready answer.
Stodola may keep up to his annual salary of $160,000 in carryover money and use it for future political races. He also could contribute it to charity. In 2011, he distributed $3,700 of some $38,000 in previous carryover money to nonprofit causes.
I do wonder why he felt the need to accept $500 from both the Arkansas Realtors PAC and the Garver engineering firm on Oct. 23, since he had no opponent and no need for any more money at that time. You could call that betting on a winner, I guess.
The finance contributors are a who’s who of people who do business with the city, naturally.
UPDATE AND CORRECTION: I heard late this afternoon from Stodola. He said the official final report isn’t due until tomorrow. He said it will include some more expenses. He added:
Also offered to return contributions ; made one charitable contribution which was intended if I did not draw opposition. Anticipate making more and will provide more communications with constituents.