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Campaign committees related to District 518 referendum release financial reports

WORTHINGTON — A local committee with a historic commitment to defeating Worthington Independent School District 518 referendums spent more than twice as much — and received more than seven times as much in financial contributions — than the campaign that supported the district’s Aug. 14 ballot questions.

According to recently released campaign financial reports submitted by the Worthington Citizens for Progress Committee and Support our Schools in Worthington, WCPC dispersed $7,485.15 from its last submitted report following the district’s February special election to Aug. 21, one week after the district’s defeated intermediate school and Trojan Field upgrade proposals. During that same time, the committee received $6,765.23 in financial donations.  

Support our Schools disbursed $3,055.03 and drew $920 in contributions from July 1 to Aug. 20 in an attempt to earn passage of the same ballot questions. A carryover balance of $2,377.82 from the last campaign helped fund the committee’s phone and mail campaign.

The WCPC’s largest expense item was again hiring Copperhead Consulting — an agency owned by Paul Dorr of Ocheyedan, Iowa, that advertises assistance “building local political credibility through defeating local funding proposals.” From April through August, WCPC paid $5,542 to Dorr’s agency.  

Topping the list of financial contributions that exceeded $100 from WCPC supporters include: WCPC co-treasurers Tom Prins, $2,115, and Wilbur Prins, $1,500; Alan Larson, $1,000; Chris Prins, $700; Don Brink, $500; and Burdell Kuhl, $200. The remaining funds were received from various donations of $100 or less.

Tom Prins, Wilbur Prins, Brink and Larson have historically been top financial supporters, as previously filed campaign financial reports indicate.

Tom Prins and Brink are seeking vacant Independent School District 518 Board of Education seats. The school board’s three-seat vacancies will be voted on in November.

Support our School did not report any individual contribution exceeding $100.

Both the WCPC and Support our Schools received more contributions during a six-month period leading up to the district’s failed February $68.5 million proposal than the less expensive intermediate school proposal two weeks ago. However, Support our Schools spent slightly more during the last failed referendum than what it disbursed ($2,831.57) in an attempt to pass February’s proposal.

These campaign financial reports and previous campaigns may be reviewed on the district’s website.

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