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AwfulPAC

Yesterday, I wrote about the Kristy Mazurek / 2Sides / Steve Pigeon involvement in a shiny new PAC that sent out thousands of unattributed campaign literature smearing incumbent Democratic county legislators Betty Jean Grant and Tim Hogues, and supporting challengers Joyce Wilson Nixon and Barbara Miller-Williams. Instead of focusing on the politics as usual, I noted that the state should really change the rules to require that campaign advertisements disclose who paid for them

Yesterday afternoon, the PAC’s financial disclosure was revealed on the Board of Elections’ website, and Geoff Kelly wrote up most of the details in Artvoice’s print edition. Big news was a $45,000 influx of cash from Senator Tim Kennedy’s campaign fund, which represents a huge middle finger to, among others, Betty Jean Grant, who not only primaried Kennedy last year, but came within spitting distance of defeating him through a write-in campaign. There was also a $20,000 “loan” from Steve Pigeon.

But what we also noticed last night was the list of 24-hour notices of massive contributions. Here it is: 

Frank Max gave almost $2,000. Steve Pigeon donated a straight $30,000 – no loan, just cash. AJ Wholesale is a business that is not located in New York State, but on sovereign Seneca territory. It is owned by Aaron Pierce, who was targeted in 2010 for possibly illegal tax-free cigarette shipments in violation of federal law. Pierce unsuccessfully ran for Seneca President in 2012. He’s given money to Kennedy, among others: 

AJ Wholesale didn’t appear in any searches for prior donations. Curious, that. 


  • Colin Eager

    This is the entirely predictable result of the two party system.

  • Know Saint

    Obviously, Betty Jean will win on Tuesday, and win BIG.

    Just doesn’t seem like anyone is moved by the mean-spirited mailers sent by Kennedy and Pigeon attacking this fine woman. Kennedy and Pigeon ALWAYS attack women. What’s that all about???

    And Joyce Wilson-Nixon? I don’t think this self-proclaimed witch could conjure up a spell strong enough to change the perception that Betty Jean Grant is a “True Blue Democrat.” Although, I would LOVE to see her witch’s brew boiling all about, with the heads of Pigeon, Kennedy and patronage King Jeff Nixon rolling in the brew. Metaphorically of course, their “political heads” are fair game I would think, LOL.

    And the clearly DUMBO Tim Kennedy?

    Sen. Pigeon Kennedy just gave Betty Jean yet another GREAT issue for next year’s rematch.

    So, once again, Steve Pigeon is actually HELPING his opponents when he really is trying to defeat them.

    Kennedy, Pigeon, and the Nixons are CLOWNS!!!!

  • fhjfdhjkd

    Tim Kennedy has just put an enormous target on his back for next year. His links to Pigeon, Mazurek, Max and Miller-Williams will bring him down. Voters will not stand for this kind of dirty politics.

    • james horn

      ….it didn’t bring him down in his first election when his connection to Barbara Miller-Williams and the Collins-orchestrated majority was fresher in voters’ minds. Eyes wide open for voter suppression if Betty Jean runs again.

  • Wrongful Acquittal

    Ironic Google search …

  • marks

    GREAT JOB ALAN.The devil is in the details.

  • RandyBall
    • Wrongful Acquittal

      Save yourself a click …

  • Maurizio F.

    Dick Dobson has not filed his disclosure from last week and has been the biggest beneficiary of this money, so far to the tune of $80k

    • Know Saint

      Why should Dobson disclose? With this CRIME, Dick Dobson is just another two-bit dirty criminal.

      • Maurizio F.

        We already have one guy in office who wont enforce the laws……who want’s another?

  • Maurizio F.

    Little Dick is just an old puppet. Steve Pigeon and Tim Kennedy(Democrat’s for Sheriff Tim Howard) are pulling the strings. Wake up Erie County

  • Maurizio F.

    So Dick Dobson, just filed and showed contributions of $240 for this last period. So who bought all the ads that he didn’t declare? Integrity? Real Democrat? How about Liar….. what a crock.