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Campaign Finance: Late Money Rolling In, Especially for Chris Jacobs

Filed under: Local Politics

Yesterday, the Albany Times-Union reported that the Port Authority PBA, way down in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, recorded a $20,000 donation to Mark Poloncarz’s campaign for Erie County executive on November 1. (TU‘s Jimmy Vielkind writes, “…there is only one possible reason I can think of that they would give the Buffalo Democrat money: Gov. Andrew Cuomo told them to.”) I thought it might be profitable to look at the other late-coming donations made to local candidates since the last regular filing deadline.

Also on Tuesday, Poloncarz campaign recorded a $2,500 donation from the union representing faculty at Erie Community College.

His opponent, Chris Collins, received $2,500 from John DiDonato of East Amherst, who runs an engineering and architecture firm that does a great deal of work for municipal governments, including Erie County, and $7,500 from the Committee for Economic Growth, a political arm of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, both recorded November 1.

The Republican candidate for Erie County clerk, Chris Jacobs, gave his own campaign $30,000 on Halloween. He also received $3,000 from retired New York State Supreme Court Justice Joseph Mattina; $1,500 from PAT Construction, a Williamsville construction and real estate firm; $1,500 from Helen Tederous of Williamsville, who serves on the board of Buffalo Prep; $5,000 from Jeremy Jacobs, Jr.; $5,000 from Katie Robinson; $5,000 from John and Margaret Reichenbach of West Newton, Massachusetts; $5,000 from the Committee for Economic Growth; $5,000 from Louis Jacobs; $5,000 from from Margaret Lynn Reichenbach; and $5,000 from from Charles Jacobs. All those $5,000 donations were recorded on October 26, two days after the cutoff for the last filing deadline. With the exception of the donation from Committee for Economic Growth, they all came from relatives.

So that’s $76,000 for the Jacobs campaign in the last week.

His Democratic opponent, Maria Whyte, gave herself $5,000, while taking in $2,000 from attorney and Democratic activist Marc Panepinto; $3,750 from the Erie County Democratic Committee; $2,500 from the Construction and Building Trades Council; and $3,000 from the Civil Service Employees Association PAC.  In total, a modest $16,250.

The Erie County Republican Party Committee took in $1,850 from Lamparelli Construction; $1,500 from Robert Fox of Williamsville; another $1,850 from the campaign committee of Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita, a Democrat; another $1850 from National Fuel Gas’s PAC; and $1,500 from Susan Rinaldo of Getzville.

The Erie County Democratic Party Committee took in $2,000 from Erie County Legislator Tom Loughran’s campaign fund; $1,818.42 from Judge Sharon LoVallo’s campaign fund (the precise nature of that number suggests she paid a specific bill for the party); $2,500 from the Erie County Sheriff’s PBA; $2,000 from the World Trade Business Associates in Tonawanda; and $5,000 from E I Team, Inc, in Buffalo.

We’ll try to provide regular updates on last-minute donation to candidates in the region’s big races.


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