D’Ame­lio raps Duff’s fi­nance re­port­ing

The News-Times - - NEWS - By Robert Koch

Demo­cratic in­cum­bent Bob Duff and Repub­li­can chal­lenger Marc D’Ame­lio are neck and neck in fundrais­ing in the run-up to the Nov. 6 election for Nor­walk’s

25th District seat in the Con­necti­cut State Se­nate.

Friends of Bob Duff, the cam­paign com­mit­tee formed on be­half of the Demo­cratic in­cum­bent, raised $117,036, spent

$102,515 and had $14,521 left as of Sept. 30, ac­cord­ing to its lat­est cam­paign fi­nance dis­clo­sure state­ment filed with the Con­necti­cut State Elec­tions En­force­ment Com­mis­sion on Wed­nes­day.

D’Ame­lio for Se­nate, the cam­paign com­mit­tee formed on be­half of the Repub­li­can can­di­date, raised $113,199, spent $65,943 and had $47,255 re­main­ing as of Sept. 30, ac­cord­ing to its lat­est cam­paign fi­nance dis­clo­sure state­ment filed with the state Elec­tions En­force­ment Com­mis­sion on Wed­nes­day.

Bryan Meek, cam­paign trea­surer for D’Ame­lio, noted each cam­paign re­ceived $95,000 in pub­lic fi­nanc­ing through the Cit­i­zens Election Pro­gram, but blasted Duff over his ex­pen­di­tures. He sin­gled out pay­ments made to The SoNo Group, a con­sult­ing firm run by Duff’s long­time cam­paign man­ager, Mary Pugh.

“While Bob's team to­day still has this con­vo­luted re­port­ing mech­a­nism of fun­nel­ing the money to the Sono Group who then pays it out on things we can guess about, we sup­pose it's bet­ter than what they used to do with zero item­iza­tion,” Meek said in a state­ment.

Duff’s cam­paign ex­pen­di­tures have in­cluded $2,493 to The SoNo Group on Aug. 8 for “lawn signs, food,” $3,688 to The SoNo Group on Aug.

20 for “ice cream so­cial ex­penses,” $1,574 to The SoNo Group on Sept. 11 for “var­i­ous items,” $36,500 paid to The SoNo Group on Sept. 11 for “ex­penses for ad­ver­tis­ing, man­age­ment,” $1,799 paid to The SoNo Group on Sept. 17 for “of­fice sup­plies, postage, ad­ver­tis­ing,” and $9,117 paid to The SoNo Group on Sept.

26 for “videos, meeting space,” ac­cord­ing to Friends of Duff.

“It’s in the re­port. The re­port is a pub­lic doc­u­ment,” Duff said Thurs­day. “Every­thing is item­ized out and very easy for any­body to see where we are uti­liz­ing our re­sources.”

D’Ame­lio’s ex­pen­di­tures have in­cluded $6,000 paid to TR SONO Part­ners, LLC on Aug. 9 for “HQ Rent for Au­gust and Septem­ber,”

$2,000 paid to con­sul­tant Thomas Burns on Aug. 9 for “Dig­i­tal Me­dia Co­or­di­na­tor for July and Au­gust per agree­ment,” $2,000 paid to con­sul­tant Is­abelle Hargrove on Aug. 9 for “Cam­paign Man­ager for July and Au­gust per agree­ment,”

$1,728 paid to con­sul­tant Sarah O’Con­nor on Aug. 9 for “96 hours through 8/9/18 per agree­ment,” $1,787 paid to Vic­tory Store on Aug. 15 for “500 lawn signs pay­ment 1 of 2,” and $1,462 paid to Vic­tory Signs on Aug. 16 for “500 lawn signs pay­ment 2 of 2,” ac­cord­ing to D’Ame­lio for Se­nate.

Duff, a Nor­walk res­i­dent and Re­al­tor, serves as Se­nate ma­jor­ity leader. He is run­ning for an eighth term rep­re­sent­ing the 25th District, which cov­ers Nor­walk and part of Darien.

D’Ame­lio, a Nor­walk res­i­dent and busi­ness­man, ran un­suc­cess­fully for the Nor­walk Board of Ed­u­ca­tion in 2017.

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