The Larry Sharpe campaign reported raising nearly $140,000 in its 32-day pre-general campaign finance filing. The report covers a period of a little over two months. Sharpe is the Libertarian candidate for Governor of New York.
The campaign spent roughly the same amount during the period and reported $24,000 on hand for the final month of the campaign.
A cursory analysis of the spending shows roughly $12,000 spent on Facebook advertising, $6300 on radio ads with WYSL, a small AM radio station south of Rochester, roughly $6000 spent on audio-video equipment, over $10,000 on campaign shirts, over $13,000 on lawn signs, and $36,000 spent on consultants. We can’t tell if the Facebook advertising was targeted to New York voters, or to potential libertarian contributors nationwide.
The campaign received numerous contributions of $1000 along with two larger contributions. Libertarian businessman Chris Rufer of Woodland California gave $10,000. Richard Cooper, a long-time NY Libertarian leader gave another $4,000. Contributions came from across the country from nearly every state from Alabama to Wyoming.
Considering recent polling, Sharpe’s tremendous effort at in-person campaigning, and a variety of other factors it seems very likely Sharpe will break the 50K threshold and get ballot status for the Libertarian Party in New York for the next four years. Of course the establishment is doing its best to hinder this by squeezing Sharpe onto the same ballot line as another candidate.
Sharpe’s expenditure report is here: