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Mayor spends $40,000 in three weeks on re-election campaign

Mayor spends $40,000 in three weeks on re-election campaign

Mayor Scott Johnson’s re-election campaign has spent more than $40,000 in the last three weeks, a

Mayor Scott Johnson’s re-election campaign has spent more than $40,000 in the last three weeks, according to the final campaign finance filing before the Nov. 3 election.

Johnson is once again the biggest spender among city candidates. He dropped $20,000 on radio spots and another $16,000 on TV ads, according to campaign finance disclosures his campaign filed this week with the state Board of Elections.

The former lawyer also lent his campaign $5,000 on Oct. 15, on top of the $15,000 he already put into his re-election from his own coffers.

He also raised $7,105 from 30 donors in the last three weeks, since the last campaign finance filing earlier this month.

Johnson has nearly $19,000 left in his campaign bank account with a week to go before the election.

His opponent, Democrat Ron Kim, did not file campaign finance disclosures by the Friday deadline.

In the race for commissioner of public works, Republican Anthony “Skip” Scirocco has spent only $561 in the past three weeks, most of it on charitable contributions to the Saratoga Springs Senior Center, Friends of the Saratoga County Animal Shelter, Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation and the Saratoga Arts Council.

By contrast, Independence Party challenger Edward Miller spent $2,909 in the last three weeks.

Scirocco picked up $2,054 in contributions this month and still has $7,461 at his disposal.

Miller got $2,467 in contributions, including money from former candidates and officials Gordon Boyd and Thomas McTygue. He has $463 left to spend.

Incumbent finance commissioner Kenneth Ivins has more money than his Democratic challenger.

Ivins has $9,134 left to spend with a week to go before the election, and spent $928 in the last three weeks, during which he raised $664 from donors, including from former accounts commissioner Stephen Towne.

Democrat Peter Martin, who is vying with Ivins for the post, picked up $800 this cycle and spent $610, leaving $2,058 in his coffers.

The former lawyer for Ayco has lent his campaign $5,000 so far.

Democrat Kevin Connolly got a late start in his campaign for commissioner of public safety; he started raising funds in the last three weeks.

Supporters contributed $2,120 to his campaign, which in turn spent $1,608.

His contributions include $100 from his union’s political action committee, Public Employees Federation.

Republican Richard Wirth, who also ran for that seat two years ago, spent most of his balance in the last three weeks.

He shelled out $3,503, mostly on campaign mailings. He has $253 left in his coffers and raised $1,200, including a contribution from Frank Dudla, former deputy public safety commissioner.

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