The money raised and spent by DA candidates; other campaign account updates — Updated

Candidates for office in the September 13th primary were required to file their 32-Day Pre-Primary financial reports by last Friday, August 12.  The major primary in Erie County is for District Attorney.

After starting off in January with a flurry of loans ($140,000), personal and family contributions ($39,750), and a goodly number of individual contributions, Acting DA Michael Flaherty immediately showed the seriousness of his effort. As noted on this blog last January and more recently in the Buffalo News, a substantial amount of Flaherty’s individual contributions came from his office staff.  The News pegged the number at $73,000, which is about 43 percent of the non-loan, non-personal/family cash raised. Continue reading

Pigeon’s financial shenanigans — more to the story

The Buffalo News’ Susan Schulman did a nice job with Sunday’s feature story and two-page spread on the various campaign activities of Steve Pigeon. In many ways, though, it is just a compilation of the same information that this blog and Alan Bedenko (particularly Alan’s work, which started several years before mine) have produced over and over. There certainly is a treasure trove of materials to work with. Continue reading