Final push nearly emptied Neuhaus’ campaign account

Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus had less than $20,000 left in his campaign account for a short period after a torrent of spending in the final weeks of his successful re-election race last month against Democratic challenger Patrick Davis.

The financial report his campaign filed on Monday shows $163,492 in expenses since Oct. 23, including a bunch of big bills that came due after the Nov. 7 election. Very few contributions came in during the last two weeks of the election, putting his balance below $20,000 until various donors kicked in around $10,000 altogether on Nov. 27. That left Neuhaus with $23,985 on hand by the time his report was filed.

His campaign’s biggest expense during that reporting period was the $47,338 it paid Majority Strategies, a Republican consulting firm in Jacksonville, Fla., for Internet ads.

Davis, a political newcomer who had much less money to work with, spent $49,933 in the last weeks of the campaign. He reported raising $19,827 – including $5,000 he loaned his campaign – and winding up with a $4,824 balance.

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