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Money gap grows in 111th Assembly race

Candidates raised around $35k; early spending and fundraising differs

New York State 111th Assembly District candidates Angelo Santabarbara (D-Rotterdam), left, and Thomas Quackenbush (R-Fort Plain).

New York State 111th Assembly District candidates Angelo Santabarbara (D-Rotterdam), left, and Thomas Quackenbush (R-Fort Plain).

— Quackenbush reported 110 donations from individuals totaling almost $14,300, with another $3,900 in unitemized individual donations accounted for. His largest individual donation was $1,000 from Lous Capece, of Fort Plain

Quackenbush accepted money from 21 corporate donors, totaling $5,375, with the largest donation again at $1,000 from Jacksland Associates, of Canajoharie. He also received money from various unions.

Quackenbush is an active member of Teamsters Local No. 294 and said his past experience is making him standout to labor unions.

“I have a very strong voice in labor and as a labor leader they realize that and believe in me,” he said.

Santabarbara shifted $6,500 from his county legislator war chest over to his Assembly campaign. The Schenectady County Democratic Committee also transferred the $10,000 to his campaign and the Rotterdam Democratic Committee transferred $100.

The county legislator took in $7,500 worth of individual donations from 10 individuals. Santabarbara’s wife, Jennifer, contributed $4,650. His campaign reported an additional $1,800 in unitemized individual donations. The campaign took money from four corporate donors totaling $1,400, the largest being from Delo Enterprises in the amount of $1,000.

“I have strong support from the local community, from small donations to large, they are all important to me,” Santabarbara said. “The support is coming from all parts of the community. I don’t think it is strictly party line related.”

The candidates diverge sharply when it comes to how much money they’ve spent, though. Quackenbush had spent almost $10,500 as of the disclosure deadline while Santabarbara spent more than $30,000, reporting $1,600 left in his coffers.

Santabarbara said his campaign took an early push, which saw him incurring more expenses than his opponent. He believed there will be plenty of support moving forward.

“We have done a lot of early campaigning, so we had some expenditures early on,” he said. “I don’t see a problem going forward and I think the support is there … we think the campaign has a lot of energy going forward.”

Quackenbush questioned Santabarbara’s choice.

“I don’t know that I would have spent my contributors’ money like that this early in the race,” Quackenbush said. “I have been very conservative with my donors’ money.”

Quackenbush said his campaign does have “every intention” on spending contributions, but said it would be spent “wisely.”

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