While the focus of those interested in politics and things financial is about what is happening now, it is always useful to keep an eye on what lies ahead. Public officeholders who build up large campaign funds are usually doing so to ward off future opponents. It’s a time-honored tradition that usually works pretty well.
So in the “what we know if we dig a little” category, here is a summary of the campaign treasuries of local incumbent state (as of July 15th) and federal elected officials (as of June 30th) :
Officeholder Position Committee $
John Ceretto Assembly, 145th $2,454
Jane Corwin Assembly, 144th $21,028
David DiPietro Assembly, 147th $65,995
Andy Goodell Assembly, 150th $29,442
Michael Kearns Assembly, 142nd $8,794
Crystal Peoples-Stokes Assembly, 141st $83,503
Sean Ryan Assembly, 149th $126,692
Robin Schimminger Assembly, 140th $375,411
Ray Walter Assembly, 146th $9,825
Angela Wozniak Assembly, 143rd $4,780
Patrick Gallivan Senate, 59th $84,448
Timothy Kennedy Senate, 63rd $193,658
Robert Ortt Senate, 62nd $87,810
Marc Panepinto Senate,60th $147,287
Michael Ranzenhofer Senate, 61st $594,831
Catherine Young Senate, 57th $483,943
Chris Collins House, 27th $770,253
Brian Higgins House, 26th $634,965
Thomas Reed House, 23rd $552,902
And while we’re at it
I also took a look at the committee balances of people who had previously served in office but are no longer there. Here are few that came to mind, but I have probably left off some who also fit the category:
Former Officeholder Position Committee $
Mark Grisanti Senate $17,152
George Maziarz Senate $974,843
Bill Stachowski Senate $88,002
Denise O’Donnell Attorney General candidate $299,887
John LaFalce House of Representatives $244,113
Tom Reynolds House of Representatives $501,607
Tony Masiello Buffalo Mayor $285,035
Joel Giambra Erie County Executive $300,348
Former officeholders have somewhat of a pattern of what they do with their remaining campaign funds. Many donate to charities, some to candidates for office.
George Maziarz used $120,699 of his campaign funds between August 15, 2014 and June 19, 2015 for payments to three different law firms: Joseph Latona ($73,274); Connors & Vilardo ($34,419); and a New York City firm, Schlam, Stone & Dolan ($13,006).
All of the names listed above are former elected officials except for Denise O’Donnell. She began an effort that was directed at securing the Democratic nomination for state Attorney General in 2006, but dropped out of the running after failing to be selected as the party’s nominee. Mrs. O’Donnell has maintained the campaign account for the past nine years. At one point the account totaled nearly $600,000. The largest part of the expenditures from the O’Donnell account went to her political consultant son, Jack, and for the Supreme Court re-election campaign of her husband John. Senator Schumer has recommended Mrs. O’Donnell for appointment as a federal district judge, but the appointment is stalled. Mrs. O’Donnell has not yet been nominated by the President.
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Couldn’t have said it any better myself Tony!
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