Larry Sharpe’s campaign has filed their 11-day pre-general campaign finance report. In the first three weeks of October the campaign raised another $73,000 and spent $65,000, closing with $32,000 in cash on hand.
The largest sums were spent on consultants and lawn signs, with campaign manager Brian Waddell receiving nearly $7000. They did report spending small sums on radio advertising. WYSL, a libertarian station south of Rochester, received $900. Another $800 went to Roser Communications which runs four radio stations in or near Utica and Amsterdam. Facebook got nearly $4000 this period for ads, with a total of nearly $30,000 for 2018.
The largest individual contribution, $5000, came from Kari Bittner. She is a software executive in Rochester who describes herself as a volunteer campaign manager for Sharpe. She also gave another $800 in the same time period, and a total of over $10,000 so far. Total fundraising for the campaign is now well over $400,000 and may be over $450,000.
At this point it appears the campaign has made a strategic decision not to spend significant funds on TV or radio ads. Total campaign spending on “TVADS” shows nearly $40,000 over the course of the campaign, but our review shows that most of that money was spent on Facebook and Google, along with some consultants. None of that went to any TV stations that we can see. Roughly $8000 was spent on radio advertising, nearly all of it with WYSL.
By contrast Republican Marc Molinaro reports spending over $500,000 of the $1.3 million he spent on TVADS and incumbent Democrat Andrew Cuomo reports $13 million on TVADS out of $25 million spent. Neither reports any code for radio.
Election Day is coming very soon and we will see if the Sharpe strategy has been effective.
The latest filings are below. First spending:
And then contributions: