Tetreau leads money race in last campaign lap
Published 3:55 pm, Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Republican candidate Robert Bellitto Jr. outspent Democrat and interim First Selectman Michael Tetreau during the latest campaign financing period, but Tetreau outpaced his major-party opponent in raising money for his war chest.
Bellitto, vice chairman of the Board of Finance, had a balance of $11,547 on hand at the end of the reporting period. Statements had to be filed with the town clerk's office by Oct. 11. He started the campaign reporting period with a $26,970 balance, and raised an additional $11,235 between July and October. However, he spent $26,658, with the bulk of that going to Brooklawn Strategies, a firm run by former state Sen. Rob Russo -- including $9,629 for campaign management and reimbursement for two fundraisers.
Tetreau, a finance board member until taking over as first selectman in June after Kenneth Flatto left to take a state job, started off the reporting period with $28,832. He raised an additional $24,988 and spent $15,443, leaving him with a balance of $38,376 as of Oct. 11.
After his payments to Brooklawn Strategies, Bellitto's next largest expense was $2,591 to the U.S. Postal Service for postage for a Sept. 11 direct mailer; Premier Printing was paid $2,217 for printing that mailer.
Another $1,876 was paid to FLS Connect LLC for automated calls to GOP voters prior to the Republican caucus and $2,155 for lawn signs, thank-you cards and a fundraiser announcement was paid tot Universal Printing. The campaign also paid $1,750 to the Cardinal Shehan Center in Bridgeport for a billboard purchased in a charity auction.
The largest single donation to Bellitto's campaign during the reporting period was $1,500 from GOP 4, a Bridgeport committee. He also listed $632.21 from Charles Chinsano and $632.69 from Ruth Chinsano, both retired, and received two $477.50 donations from Trumbull resident Craig Massaro. Other donations ranged from $20 to $350.
Tetreau's campaign paid Bridge Communications $4,875 for a direct mailing retainer, polling and printed handouts and $3,000 to Maureen McLellan for web and media communications and communications consulting. Another $3,142 was paid to Baker Advertising Specialty for lawn signs.
Tetreau received $1,500 from the Realtors PAC, and $750 donations from Richard Cellar II, owner of Ruby II's in Bridgeport, as well as Florida resident Robin Seymour, Danny and Kathryn Fagan, Marielle Tetreau, and teacher Roberta Stone.
Other donations to Tetreau's campaign ranged from $5 to $500.
Independent Party candidate Hugh Dolan has said he is exempt from filing campaign finance statements because he intends to neither spend, nor raise, more than $1,000 in funds. He recently held a $35-a-head fundraiser at the Old Post Tavern and is accepting donations via his website. Should Dolan exceed the $1,000 level he will be required to file.