Democratic Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk’s campaign plunked down more than half a million dollars for her failed attempt to keep her seat in the state’s 46th Senate District, according to post-election records.
The filing was a week late, but was finally posted Monday. It shows her campaign raised $465,210.49 and spent $520,229.84 despite her loss against GOP senator-elect George Amedore on election day.
Amedore,R-Rotterdan, outspent Tkaczyk,D-Dunaesburg, but by only about $15,000. Amedore spent a whopping $535,136.20 according to his latest in his latest filing.
As I reported before, both Democrats and Republicans poured oodles of money into this race, hoping to get the edge and gain control of the state Senate. Amedore’s win helped the GOP take over the Senate.
All in all, Tkaczyk’s last campaign filing shows she was funded heavily, in a roundabout sorta way, by unions.
By far, Tkaczyk’s cash in the last days before the election came from two sources. On October 21st and 22nd the Ulster County Democratic Committee dropped two checks into her account, one for $100,000 and another for $170,000. And on October 22nd, 27th and 31st, the state Democratic Senate Campaign Committee cut her campaign three checks: The first for $90,000, then $32,000 and lastly for $10,000.
Altogether, just two sources gave Tkaczyk’s campaign $402,000. That’s about 86 percent of all the money she raised in that period and about 75 percent of what she spent in the latest filing period.
So where did the Ulster County Democratic Committee come upon all this cash to splash on Tkaczyk? The short answer is it’s hard to tell.
According to report filed 11 days before the election, 75-81 Lewis Avenue LLC of 266 Broadway in Brooklyn threw a whopping $100,000 at the Ulster County Democratic Committee, who subsequently funneled some of the money to Tkaczyk’s campaign. Crain’s New York wrote about this last month, but state records don’t really enlighten us to who the donor is.
A search of the Lexis database shows that the nominee for a similar-sounding entity, 75-81 Lewis Avenue Holding LLC, is Fink & Zelmanovitz PC, a Brooklyn legal group based at 3839 Flatlands Ave. STE 206. I’ve left a message to see if they would like to comment.
On the same day, the committee collected another $264,600 from three different New York City-based unions.
Curiously, the Ulster County Democratic Committee’s campaign filings from before the election don’t match up with Tkaczyk’s filings. Committee records show that they transferred $160,000 between two checks on October 17 and 20th. Tkaczyk’s records record and extra $10,000.
There’s also no sign that the Ulster County Democratic Committee has turned in their post-election disclosure reports, so I can’t tell how much money it has left. But I doubt it’s much. The fine for a late filing, if enforced, is $1,000.
Tkaczyk’s campaign also collected $11,482.69 from individual donors.
Tkaczyk spent much of her cash on television advertisements: $360,000 worth. $260,000 of that went to AKPD Message & Media LLC in Chicago, Illinois and the rest to The Parkside Group LLC in Manhattan. Tkaczyk’s campaign also threw another $22,556.30 at The Parkside Group for lawn signs and literature and another $60,000 to AKPD for “print.”
The campaign spent $43,263 on wages. Much of that went in $200 increments to 32 people.
And in the “other” category, Tkaczyk’s campaign received its biggest from the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee in Washington D.C., an outfit that “works to win state legislative seats and chambers for Democrats.”
Some other notable donations include:
- $1,000 from the New York Administrative Employees CWA Local 1180, a union that represents bosses at New York City public workers but also the ASPCA, Planned Parenthood and human rights organizations.
- $5,000 from a Teamsters-associated PAC in Washington D.C.
- $5,000 from the New York State Nurses Association PAC in Albany.
- $1,500 from the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades in Hanover, Maryland.
- $3,117.07 from 32BJ SEIU United ADF, a northeast union that represents cleaners, property maintenance workers, doormen, security officers, window cleaners, building engineers, and school and food service workers. It also includes railroad and factory workers
- $6,000 from Manhattan Sen. Liz Krueger, plus $3,800 from Krueger’s No Bad Apples PAC.
Tkaczyk has $9,836.39 left in her campaign account.