The numbers in this WDT story tell a different tale, but 2015 filings with NYS show my campaign raising over $13,000, as did my opponent, Joe Butler Jr. We both spent a bit more, with my effort requiring about $2K from me. My opponent returned a thousand dollar contribution from a local developer with action pending before the Council. When you sort it all out we were both in the red for about the same amount, according to filings.
Then there was the opportunity cost of running as in a ton of extra payroll at the business, so it was an expensive year, but you have to go all out once you get in.
It was fun and we had some great printed material and commercials.
Some of the filings are hard to read as the BOE site delivers blanks for some reports. But the notion asserted that I raised less than last time is not true, and the reporting on both campaigns understated by thousands the contributions. In the end , none of it matters other than perception. Come to think of that perception does matter.
Watertown Daily Times | Tens of thousands contributed to local election candidates in 2015