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Back to the Money

In two previous posts, we began to look at some of the donors that helped Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown raise more than $192,000 in campaign funds since January. At least $42,000 of about $132,000 in individual donations came from City Hall employees.

$14,925 in individual donation came, apparently, not from people but from addresses. All these donations are logged as being received on the same day, which usually indicates a fundraiser. Strangely, however, these donations are logged as having been received August 15, 2008. (That was dumb misreading on my part: That’s an administrative date for the NYS Board of Elections. Those nameless contributions came in over the course of the six-month filing period. The addresses seem all to be business offices.)

$21,550 came from “other monetary sources.” These sources range from political action committees for a variety of interests ( a theater actors union, $500; HSBC Bank PAC, $500; an HMO called HIP, $1,500; New York State AFL-CIO, $1,000) to developers (Centerstone, which hopes to develop the site where the Glennie Drive project sit, $500; Jim Pitts Planning & Development, $500) to other politicians (DA Frank Clark, $550; County Legislator Tim Kennedy, $500; former Common Council candidate Jessica Magleitto’s campaign fund, $500; many more…)

$38,900 came from corporate sources. Here’s where one begins to draw lines between contributions and favors asked. La Nova Pizzeria, for example, gave $600 to Brown for Buffalo in the last six months. La Nova has been working hard to acquire 366 West Ferry for a new surface parking lot, despite neighborhood opposition. Rural Metro, which contracts with the city to provide ambulance service and is consistently criticized by activists for flouting the city’s living wage law, gave $1,000.

Brown for Buffalo spent very little this filing period: just $2,589.84, mostly for bills, no contributions to other campaigns or to charitable causes. The biggest outflow of money, in fact, came in the form of a returned contribution: $3,500 to Nussbaumer & Clarke, which the local engineering and surveying company had made in two installments.


  • Tony

    How could contributions be recored as received on a future date? Is that even legal?

  • I’m assuming it’s a clerical error of some sort. However, whether it is or not, based on the statement, the donations would seem to be anonymous. It is illegal to accept anonymous donations.
    Or perhaps they’re not anonymous but the names of the donors were withheld. I’m working on it.