Montgomery spending race also close

By Laura Fitzgerald
Posted 7/2/19

Republican primary candidates Brian Maher and Rodney Winchell spent more than $25,000 and received more than $38,000 in contributions for the Town of Montgomery Supervisor primary races.

Maher won …

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Republican primary candidates Brian Maher and Rodney Winchell spent more than $25,000 and received more than $38,000 in contributions for the Town of Montgomery Supervisor primary races.

Maher won the Republican and Independence nomination and Winchell won the Conservative line.

Friends of Brian Maher spent $12,873 and received $18,925 in contributions, with a $147 starting balance, according to New York State Board of Elections financial disclosure reports. That leaves an ending balance of $6,199, as of the 11-day pre-primary report.

Friends of Rod Winchell spent $12,620 and received $19,260, with an $11,736 starting balance, according to New York State Board of Elections financial disclosure reports. That leaves an ending balance of $18,374, as of the 11-day pre-primary report.

The financial disclosure forms revealed differences in the candidates’ sources of funding.

The vast majority of Winchell’s contributions were from local contributors in the Town of Montgomery and surrounding communities, while Maher received more donations from non-local sources.

Winchell received only three donations from out of state. He received a $450 donation from Operating Engineers Local, based in Springfield, NJ; a $500 donation from Ironworkers Political Action Committee (PAC), based in Washington, DC, and a $200 donation from Alastair Winchell in Florida.

Maher also received the majority of his donations from local contributors, but he received some donations from New York City and out of state. Most notably, Maher received a donation from Jeffrey Gural in New York City for $4,000. He also received small contributions of $240 or less from individuals in Washington, DC; Waterbury, CT; Lake Ariel, PA; Staten Island, NY; and Omaha, NE.

Maher received more support from political organizations than Winchell, while Winchell received a sizable portion of his contributions from business and labor organizations.

Maher received support from Committee to Elect Brescia, Committee to Re-Elect Bill Larkin, Citizens for Green, Citizens for Joseph Minuta, Friends of Kyle Roddey and O’Donnell for Congress, totaling $3,625.

Winchell received support from Committee to Elect Brescia and Brescia for Mayor for a combined $300.

While Winchell did not receive many contributions from political organizations, he received contributions from 29 partnerships, corporations, unions and corporate PACS, totaling $12,465.

In comparison, Maher received only $2,205 from 10 corporations and partnerships.

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