PAC Spending Slows Down in SLC Mayor Contest

The two Political Action Committees backing Jackie Biskupski’s bid for Salt Lake City Mayor are throwing money around again in the general election, but not to the same extent as before.

 
Financial disclosure reports show that Utahns for Independent Government, the PAC formed by the owners of Reagan Outdoor Billboard, spent $29,036.34 during the most recent reporting period that covers the end of August to the end of October. $22857.15 of that went to billboards supporting challenger Jackie Biskupski. The PAC has spent a total of $142,661.19 in the race so far.
 
The PAC caused a stir during the primary election by erecting billboards favoring every candidate except Mayor Ralph Becker, who has clashed with billboard companies throughout his political career.
 
The PAC has raised $134,695 during the current election cycle. UIG took in just $10,200 during the most recent period, leaving the PAC $7,966.19 in the hole. The biggest donation during that time was $10,000 from YESCO, another billboard company.
 
Alliance for Better Leadership, which has close ties to the Biskupski campaign, reports spending $8,700 during the latest period. Their total tally for the election cycle comes to $22,157 (but that number is likely due to a math error on their part as the numbers should add up to $13,457). 
 
ABL spent $3,200 on polling with IO Data (which, coincidentally, is the same polling firm Biskupski uses). They previously coordinated a polling expenditure with Biskupski’s campaign. 
 
Some of that $8,700 expenditure during the most recent time frame went for $250 campaign contributions to Charlie Luke and Nate Salazar, both candidates for Salt Lake City Council.