NORWALK, Conn. – Mayor Richard Moccia’s support of Linda McMahon’s recent senatorial candidacy seems to have paid off – at least financially.
Linda and Vince McMahon have donated $1,000 each – the maximum allowed by law – to Moccia’s re-election campaign, helping the mayor get off to a strong start, financially speaking – although he hasn’t raised half the money that one of his Democratic challengers has taken in.
The Moccia campaign had raised $7,725 as of March 31, according to papers filed with the town clerk’s office Monday. Much of that came from people the mayor has done political favors for, or who are politically connected. That includes freshman Councilman David McCarthy (R-District E), who donated $1,000.
Compare that total to the 2011 re-election campaign: Moccia had raised $2,100 as of March 31, according to a story at the time in The Hour.
But Councilman Matt Miklave, who would like to get the Democratic party nomination to run against Moccia, had raised $16,839.49 as of March 31, according to papers filed with the town clerk’s office last week. More than half his donors are from out of town. Former Town Clerk Andy Garfunkel, who is also competing to be the official Democratic candidate this fall, had taken in $7,433, the majority, nearly 80 percent, from within Norwalk, according to papers filed with the town clerk’s office last week.
Both men began fundraising in mid-November; Moccia’s first donation, $100 from Councilman Doug Hempstead, came in Feb. 5, the night Moccia announced his intention to run for re-election.
Art Scialabba, Republican Town Committee chairman and Moccia’s campaign manager, said he is pleased with $7,725.
“It’s a very good sign especially since we haven’t sent any fundraising letters out yet,” he said in an email.
Asked about the higher total Miklave has raised, he said, “You have to realize that the mayor doesn’t have the free time as other candidates do to do nothing but fundraise.”
Miklave is a partner in a New York City law firm and a Common Councilman. Garfunkel works full time as a studio mechanic at the Connecticut Film Center in Stamford.
Most of Moccia’s support thus far comes from in town, with 17 Norwalkers donating and five donations coming from other Connecticut residents.
The donations are:
Vince McMahon of Greenwich $1,000
Linda McMahon of Greenwich $1,000
David McCarthy of Norwalk $1,000
Attorney Peter Nolin of Norwalk $1,000
Peter Torrano of Norwalk $500
Sheldon Miller of Norwalk $500
Daniel McCabe of Stamford $250
Jill Travello of Fairfield $250
Michael Interieri of Norwalk$200
Jack Smith of Norwalk $200
Doug Hempstead of Norwalk $100
Mathew Surpine of Norwalk $100
Sarah Mann of Norwalk $100
Ernest DeRoches of Norwalk $100
Daniel O’Connor of Norwalk $100
Jack Orchulli of Darien $100
Lindsay Wrinn of Norwalk $50
Megan Wrinn of Norwalk $50
Anil Kamath of Norwalk $50
Arthur Petrone Jr. of Norwalk $50
Laurie Williamson of Darien $50
Alan Moccia of Norwalk $25
David Park of Norwalk $25
Art Scialabba of Norwalk $25
(For a list of Garfunkel and Miklave donors, click here.)
The campaign has paid $982.61 in expenses. That includes credit card processing fees of $160.67, website fees of $287.50 to a California company, $460.66 to Walmartchecks.com, $86.73 for a cell phone and $308.25 to Professional Graphics, a Norwalk firm.
Correction made, 2:25 p.m. April 10
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