The who's-who of Scottsdale developers, activists, former elected officials and simply retired political observers appear on the latest campaign finance reports released last week.
The reports show Mayor Mary Manross and her opponent Councilman Jim Lane leading in fundraising with $47,435 and $44,352 in donations, respectively, with Lane's personal loans giving him more to spend.
Manross received multiple contributions from executives of Mark-Taylor, an apartment developer, Westcor and its parent company, Macerich, which own Scottsdale Fashion Square, along with GoDaddy.com.
For Lane, there was the donation from Tom Husband, the Maricopa County Republican Committee chairman. He also received money from Axis-Radius nightclub owners, and Eric Borowsky, who lists his occupation as "skier."
Borowsky, who owns Arizona Snowbowl, is the father of council candidate Lisa Borowsky and Skin Cabaret owner Todd Borowsky. Lane also made a new filing Monday showing he has now loaned his campaign $32,250.
The council candidates, meanwhile, have raised between $4,221 and $30,030 from donors.
Lisa Borowsky found support from Chicago White Sox broadcaster Steve Stone.
Former Scottsdale Mayor Sam Campana gave money to council candidates Betty Drake, Suzanne Klapp and Ron McCullagh.
In addition to Manross, Mark-Taylor executives gave money to Klapp and McCullagh.
Klapp also received a donation from state Sen. Carolyn Allen.
Tom Giller and Nan Nesvig had the most success among the city's activists. Darlene Peterson, George Knowlton, Leon Spiro, Jim Derouin and John Washington all gave to one or both of the candidates.
The leaders of Coalition of Pinnacle Peak, Bob Vairo and Linda Whitehead, each gave to the four candidates the group endorsed - Manross, Drake, Giller and Nesvig.
As for political committees, the Salt River Project political involvement committee gave $400 each to Drake and McCullagh, while the Arizona Multihousing Association political committee donated to Klapp and McCullagh. Klapp also received a donation from the Cox Arizona committee.
That's how the "Republicans for a bright new day in Scottsdale" independent expenditure committee headlines its flier accusing the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce of trying to buy the city election and accusing them of acting like the "'60s Teamsters' union."
The committee's flier - which was being distributed outside a City Council meeting Tuesday - takes aim at the chamber's mailer and television commercials highlighting four candidates and says voters should reject Manross, McCullagh, Drake and Klapp.
The flier says the chamber is under investigation, alluding to a complaint filed by the seven mayor and council candidates not featured by the chamber.
The complaint is being reviewed by the Arizona Attorney General's Office, but no rulings have been made.
The chamber says its campaign is legal because it did not expressly advocate for the candidates.
The committee is also airing television commercials, specifically targeting Manross' handling of City Council speakers and one featuring new projects built by other cities.
"Republicans for a bright new day," which is a play on Manross' campaign slogan, "It's a Bright New Day in Scottsdale," has received $4,800 from committee treasurer Michael Fernandez of the downtown Pottery Paradise store, according to the latest campaign finance report.
EARLY BALLOT TICKER
These last-minute acts will have no impact on the 14,644 Scottsdale voters who already turned in their early ballots as of Friday, according to the weekly update posted on the Scottsdale City Clerk's Web site. As of Saturday, 46,346 early ballots had been sent to voters.