BELLEVILLE — Campaign finance reports show that Mayor Mark Eckert has raised more campaign dollars than his two opponents.
Eckert's committee, Citizens for Eckert, has received more than $32,800 in contributions since April, quarterly reports filed with the Illinois State Board of Elections show.
The committee spent just as much since April and now has a balance of $6,183.
The other mayoral candidates in the April 9 election are:
* Ward 5 Alderman Joe Hayden, who has raised about $5,705 since the Citizens for Joe Hayden committee formed in August. The committee now has $2,942.
* Ward 7 Alderman Phil Elmore, who has raised about $13,436 since the Committee to Elect Mayor & Treasurer For a Better Belleville formed in June. The committee now has $5,127.
Elmore's highest single contributor was Mary E. Kelley, his campaign manager. She donated a total of $1,250 and in-kind contributions such as office furnishings and food.
Elmore's largest in-kind donation, however, is from Boeving Barber Shop, which has donated office space for Elmore's campaign headquarters since June.
In reviewing Hayden's finance reports, Elmore said he was disheartened to see that Hayden did not "shop Belleville" for all campaign expenses.
"I find it disheartening that anybody that is for Belleville takes their money to Freeburg instead of supporting a Belleville business," Elmore said.
Elmore said he used Belleville vendors except when he paid for ads on Facebook.
Hayden said he went with companies based on price and whether they're union. Hayden said he didn't talk to any Belleville shops that were union and could beat Freeburg Printing's price.
"I'm pro-Belleville like anybody else, but you also gotta spend thrifty when you're taking on a machine that's going to outspend you 5 to 1," Hayden said.
The bulk of Hayden's funds were raised right after he announced his candidacy. In the most recent quarter, ending Dec. 31, he raised $250.
Of Hayden's donations, $4025 was not itemized. Contributions and expenditures more than $150 must be itemized.
Hayden's highest single contribution was $500 from Stan Bratzke, a Belleville landlord and member of the mayor-appointed, apolitical crime-free housing task force.
Hayden added: "We knew going in that we wouldn't be able to raise as much money, but we're comfortable we can raise enough money to do what we need to do."
Eckert also uses funds from the Better Belleville Good Government Party, a group that supports municipal candidates. The committee now has $5,551.
Eckert's highest single contribution was $2,000 from Pamela Smith, a longtime family friend in Pompano Beach, Fla.
Other donations came from Belleville employees, attorneys and companies that do business with the city.
For mailers and events, Eckert's committee spent more than $12,500 for printing, postage and photography, and $3,062 at Eckert's own business, Eckert Florist.
Eckert's committee gave $1,200 to the St. Clair County Democratic Central Committee, $500 to the Neighborhoods for Good Government Party and $300 to the Committee to Elect Bill Enyart.
Contact reporter Jacqueline Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org or 239-2655. Follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/BNDBelleville.