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Forget love, give me the loot

Money makes the world go round but in this election game, money is the mother’s milk of politics and Hoboken is no exception.  That fine Wile E Coyote, Eric Kurta, former President for People for Open Government has struck again with a synopsis of all the candidates and their money operations this election cycle.

Which candidate has the biggest financial commitment from Hobokenites?   What candidate is the biggest spender?  It’s all there.  So without further adieu…

The queen of the castle and prize for most stimulus money given to the political professional class is far and away Councilwoman Beth Mason.  Coming in at just short of $400K, with her family being the biggest contributor to her campaign at $385K, she’s not only the “coolest mom” she must also be the best pal to have on your birthday.

The prize for most beloved candidate appears to be the Acting Mayor herself, Dawn Zimmer.  She’s collected the most money from Hoboken residents totaling close to $18K among small contributors of $300 or less of local folk committed to her vision of change.  Her family contribution this election cycle is $35,500 in a campaign of less than $100,000.  Talk about getting the most bang for your buck.  That’s one efficient operation.

Frank “Pupie” Raia true to his self-financed word wrote a check to his campaign of $200K and has not taken a nickel from anyone else.  That seems almost a measured and reasonable sum compared to the more than double (in the final tally) of one of his chief rivals.  Frank probably has spent more for Hoboken on his birthday when he’d invite everyone to come on out and have a good time.

Most committed candidate far and away is Nathan Brinkman.  Since the last ELEC, his spending has soared but most of it is coming from family and friends. Since Nathan also was the only candidate to provide income tax filings over several years, his campaign money of just over $36,000 with more than $24,000 self-financed proves far and away he’s the most committed.  To top him, you’d need to earn less than 100K and write your campaign a check for over 25K.  (No one else took Nathan up on his offer of showing tax returns so we’ll just venture a guess for this award.)

The candidate who wins the award for most judicial campaign war chest is of course Kim Glatt.  Her family contribution is $16,000 to a total election effort just under $41K to date.  We’ll have to wonder who showed up for the $300 a head fundraiser.  Since no one we knew attended, it must have been an intimate affair.

The award for most frugal candidate goes to Everton Wilson.  His campaign war chest of $1555 with a grand written by the candidate himself leads us to believe this was actually a Stevens or a bachelor dating commercial more than a campaign for mayor.  At the Stevens debate, he announced he was single and invited the ladies to see him afterwards.  He’s a Phd candidate but talk about innovation.

There is no information on the Patricia Waiters campaign as no filing is available.

And these are not final figures.  The GOTV (Get out the Vote) operations are often some of the costliest a candidate incurs in an election process depending of course on strategy and how much of a push they seek to make late.  We fondly recall the unverified story from internet poster St. Paddy Girl who spoke about a guy standing on his bike with a large chain lock around his neck over at Cammarano’s HQ yelling after the election in a crowd of apparent GOTV dues members “I don’t care if he’s the mayor, I want my money for the effin votes!”  (The Feds clearly were a little late on some installment payments.)  I hate when that happens.

Okay so they’ll be another update after the election.  And folks make sure to get those ELEC reports in on time.  If the Wile E Coyote catches you you’re through!

Talking Ed Note:  Our colleague, the jolly green giant at the Hoboken Journal has this data too and posted the chart of candidate campaign funds we based our story and also an electoral colored map showing the voting tallies in the last election.

A big thank you for the work of Eric Kurta who has researched, compiled and distributed this information so us intrepid bloggers can get it out to folks before the election.

Eric Kurta is also a member of the Hoboken Revolt steering committee.

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