Candidates’ funds for the municipal elections 2020 under the magnifying glass

Only towns with a population of over 10,000 are involved. Thus, in this document we find only the accounts of the campaign accounts of the municipalities of Andernos-les-Bains, Biganos, Gujan-Mestras, La Teste-de-Buch, Mios and Arcachon. This is clearly interesting. Let’s delve into the account book of the municipal authorities of the Arcachon Basin …

1 Who spends more?

Who spent the most during the municipality’s 2020 campaign? The winner is Patrick Davitt, the new LR Mayor of La Teste-de-Buch. The bill is 43,470 euros. It did not reach the ceiling that was set in the case of the second round at 62.050 euros. His campaign accounts were validated after the overhaul, and finally settled at €42,777, leaving him on top of spending at the sink. The reform eliminates expenditures that are not in the nature of electoral expenditures, or outside the concerned area, etc.


Patrick Davitt, on the evening of his election in La Teste de Boch, is the candidate who spent the most money during the municipal campaign in 2020 in the Arcachon Basin.

David Patsores

Patrick Davitt received €17,650 in donations (4,600 max per person) and €0 from LR. For him, the fixed amount of reimbursement from the state was 24,827 euros since the donations, of course, were not reimbursed (but are deductible to the donor) …

The unbranded Jean-Yves Rosaza was alone in the race at Andernos-les-Bains, but he still had to campaign for 10,790 euros…

In second place was the outgoing right-wing outgoing former mayor, Jean-Jacques Ayrault. He paid him 38,865 euros (including 12,675 gifts). Nothing could be more natural because obviously in the big cities, plus if there is a second round, the expenses are the highest. Jean-Bernard Behler, who merged the two with Patrick Davitt’s roster, spent €21,978.

Finally, the unbranded Jean-Yves Rosaza was alone in running in Andernos-les-Bains, but he still had to campaign for 10,790 euros …

2 Who got the most donations?

On the sink, the candidate is the champion of all donation categories, and the only one who can be proud of not having to spend a single euro at all on his campaign. And that hero is Yves Follon, Mayor of Arcachon from LR. As with every election, municipal, cantonal, legislative, it does not matter, the total donations far exceed what he consumes. Also in 2020, this was the case: €31,305 of donations to campaign expenses amounted to €14,619! Thus, the net profit is €19.009, and therefore this amount was the subject of a transfer of ownership, that is, a payment to a funded union of a political party or to one or more recognized institutions of public utility.

Yves Fullon, as with every election, received more donations than he spent in the 2020 mayoral election.


Yves Fullon, as with every election, received more donations than he spent in the 2020 mayoral election.

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In Arcachon, all candidates received donations, with the exception of RN Laurent Lamara (8,436 euros in expenses including 97 euros from competition in kind). Christian Panonacle (LREM) received donations of 6,400 euros, Sebastien Henin 4620 and Vital Baude green 1500.

Bruno Lavon, at Biganos, also has more donations than he spent during the campaign, 16,740 euros for 14,167 expenses, while rival Ani Kazuo left 6,555 euros.

Bruno Lavon, in Peganos, also has more donations than he spent during the campaign, €16,740 versus €14,167 in expenses, while his various-hit rival Annie Cazaux paid €6555. But the accounts of the outgoing mayor’s re-elected campaign were rejected due to a technical error by the commission. A decision that has no bearing since donations covered his campaign.

Marie-Helen de Esgolux, who was re-elected in the first round as mayor of Gauguin Mistra, spent 23,094 euros during the campaign.


Marie-Helen de Esgolux, who was re-elected in the first round as mayor of Gauguin Mistra, spent 23,094 euros during the campaign.

Jackie Donziod

Since we are talking about donations, some of the outgoing mayors did not have any donations, such as Marie-Helen de Esgollex who spent 23,094 euros. Meanwhile, his rival Jacques Chauvet received donations of 14,800 euros (for a total expenditure of 22,536 euros) and the third candidate, Tony Lourenço, received no donations (his campaign costs 10,841 euros).

3 Who has their account rejected?

The National Committee for Election Campaign Accounts and Political Finance rejected the campaign accounts of some candidates. The reasons can be manifold, from expenses that are not of an electoral nature or made outside the electoral district, over-maximizing or the absence of a chartered accountant.

Daniel Francois, the failed candidate for Meus, saw his campaign accounts rejected.


Daniel Francois, the failed candidate for Meus, saw his campaign accounts rejected.

Patricia Drog

In La Teste-de-Buch, Stéphane Géraud saw his accounts rejected by the commission (5,047 euros spent including 3,215 euros in donations) but also Véronique Rocchi (4,441 euros)

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