Southampton Campaign Diary: Kabot Leads Money Race Going Down To Wire

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Candidates for town offices filed their final pre-election campaign donations reports with the State Board of Elections on Friday.

The Republican Party will go into the final week of the campaign with a substantial advantage in spending power for its candidates. The GOP has nearly $27,000 remaining in its war chest, after raising $8,835 in the final reporting period before the elections, along with $13,775 it was given by its marquee candidates. The party spent $11,100 in the final period on advertisements and mailings.

The Democrats have a total of $14,208 remaining in their campaign coffers, money they’ve mostly been spending thus far on touting their Town Board candidates, Frank Zappone and Brad Bender. The Dems brought in just $412 in new contributions in the last 20 days and spent more than $18,300.

Supervisor candidate Linda Kabot had a strong final push, raising more than $7,100. She also spent more than $15,000, primarily on advertising. She has just $2,900 in her campaign fund for the final week of the race.

Her opponent, Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst added $1,900 to her fundraising total, which is nearing $100,000 for the entire campaign. She spent $9,200 on lawn signs and campaign mailings to voters. She still has more than $36,000 left in her campaign war chest.

Town Board candidate Jeff Mansfield raised a whopping $13,667 in the final reporting period. He also continued his robust giving to his own campaign, loaning his campaign fund $20,500. In the final period, he reported nearly $20,000 in spending, most of it in late August, and he still has more than $30,000 remaining in his campaign fund for the homestretch.

His running mate, Stan Glinka, reported another $4,275 in contributions in the final period and spent nearly $15,000, much of it on contributions to the Town Republican Party and his running mates.

The Democratic candidates for Town Board, Frank Zappone and Brad Bender, reported about $4,100 in contributions between them. Mr. Bender has about $6,600 remaining in his campaign fund, and Mr. Zappone has about $4,500 to spend in the final full week of the campaign.

Republican Town Trustee candidates Ray Overton and Scott Horowitz also filed contribution reports. Mr. Horowitz reported just $625 added to his campaign fund and, after another $5,900 in spending, is left with $3,900 in his war chest. Mr. Overton reported $3,500 in contributions this period and spent slightly more, about $3,800 on advertising. He still has another $4,300 in his campaign fund.

All candidates’ parties and their fundraising corporations will have to file another report in December reporting their final fundraising and expenditure totals.

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