Fernandez Leads The Money Race

Thomas MacMillan PhotoWith $177,000, most of it raised from out-of-town donors, Henry Fernandez posted the biggest fundraising total as mayoral campaigns submitted papers for the latest war-chest weigh-in.

Of all five Democratic candidates for mayor, Fernandez (pictured at the city clerk’s office submitting paperwork Wednesday afternoon) has raised the most money to date as of the end of the most recent campaign finance filing period, which closed on July 10. He pulled in a total of $164,776 from individual donors and $7,750 from committees. With another $4,550 in program books ads, and $5 on hand from the previous period, the Fernandez campaign’s aggregate total so far is $177,081.

Those numbers are laid out in the Fernandez campaign’s latest financial disclosure statement, which was submitted to the city clerk’s office on Wednesday afternoon. Campaigns are required to submit regular disclosures of how much money they have raised, and from where.

Fernandez’s haul puts him tens of thousands of dollars ahead of his competitors in the five-way race for mayor. East Rock Alderman Justin Elicker has raised a total of $127,939 to date, according to his statement. State Sen. Toni Harp raised a total of $111,341. Hillhouse Principal Kermit Carolina raised $33,435. Newhallville plumber Sundiata Keitazulu raised $1,360.

Fundraising totals are one way of gauging the relative strength of the campaigns, and discovering where they are drawing support. Three of the candidates—Elicker, Carolina, and Keitazulu—are participating in the Democracy Fund, the city’s clean elections program; that limits them to accepting donations of $370 or less and bars them from taking money from outside committees. The Fernandez and Harp campaigns can take in donations of up to $1,000 as well as committee donation.

“We were able to hit our goals,” Fernandez said as he dropped off his filings at the city clerk’s office on Wednesday afternoon. “We were also able to send a clear message that there’s strong support for a progressive candidate in the city of New Haven.”

Fernandez said the donations to his campaign came from a “wide cross-section” of people in the city, state, and across the country, especially from progressive leaders and social justice activists. Campaign treasurer Bruce Ditman said over a quarter of the 415 total contributions came from New Haveners.

“We’re energized by this,” Ditman said. “It’s demonstrable proof of our efforts and our overwhelming viability.”

Other campaigns offered their own spins on their fundraising numbers. The Harp campaign stressed that it had raised its money in only about three weeks, since Sen. Harp was busy with the legislative session until the beginning of June. The Elicker campaign highlighted the support the candidate received from New Haveners, saying that 77 percent of donors live in the city.

Elicker said that a high percentage of local donors speaks not only to the type of campaign he’s running, but also to the likelihood of his donors voting.

“We’re about people, not politics,” he said. “Participating in the Democracy Fund and having an overwhelming percentage of contributions for our campaign coming from New Haven residents shows we’re the campaign with the strongest grassroots support.”

The following is a breakdown of each campaign’s filings:


The Fernandez campaign received 413 individual donations and donations from 26 companies or committees. The average individual contribution was about $400.

The list of donors includes a number of current and former city employees: LCI’s Frank D’Amore and Rafael Ramos, recently retired city Engineer Dick Miller, and former mayoral aides Emily Byrne and Chrissy Bonanno.

The donor list indicates support from donors from Connecticut suburbs like Guilford, Branford, Hamden, Cheshire, Clinton, Hamden and Woodbridge. Fernandez also received a lot of support from in and around Washington, D.C., as well as New York City and Brooklyn.

The corporate and committee donations come from a number of contractors and building unions.

Fernandez contributions of $370 or more came from (with most of the pithy descriptions taken from the financial disclosure form):

James Cohen, an East Rocker who until recently ran the Valley Community Foundation, 370.
Julio Gonzalez, former mayoral chief of staff who now works in Austin in “Software Development and Consulting,” 370.
Bill Graustein, local philanthoprist and private investor, 370.
Mialisa Bonta,  Executive Director,  375.
John Mackey, CPA, 400.
Robin Pressman,  Consultant,  400.
Matthew Rubin, Real Estate, 400.
Shauna McLeggan-Bortley, Compliance Officer, 450.
Michael D. Amato, Attorney, 500.
Albert Annunziata, Attorney, 500.
William [Bill] Aseltyne, Attorney, 500.
Katharine Bachman, Attorney, 500.
Frank Barucci, President, 500.
Greg Behrman, Entrepreneur, 500.
Heidi Beirich, Director, 500.
Peter Boggio, Retired, 500.
Edwin Booth, Retired, 500.
Jay Brotman, Architect, 500.
Drema Brown, Administrator, 500.
Drema Brown, Administrator, 500.
Susan Bryson, Attorney, 500.
Thomas Connolly, Physician, 500.
Benedict [Ben] Cozzi, retired (former buildings trade union leader), 500.
Robert Creamer, Consultant, 500.
Robert Dannies, retired, 500.
Chris Depino,  Insurance Adjuster,  500.
Bradford Dimeo, Executive, 500.
Ambrose Donovan,  Principal,  500.
Peter Edelman, Professor (and national welfare-rights advocate), 500.
Peter Endorf, President, 500.
Robert Fers, Construction Manager, 500.
David Frenette, Owner, 500.
Sushma Gandhi, Consultant, 500.
Vincent [Vinny] Giordano, Vice President, 500.
Michael [Mike] Giordano, President, 500.
Miriam Gohara, Lawyer, 500.
Jose Gonzalez, Line Tech, 500.
Linda Goodman, Social Worker, 500.
Joe Grasso, Insurance, 500.
Courtney B. Guptill, Student, 500.
Sandy Husk, Superintendent, 500.
Keith Jennings, Professor, 500.
Helen Kauder, Arts Administration (ArtSpace), 500.
Lisa Kazersky, Sales, 500.
Michael Kuczkowski, General Manager (and former New Haven mayoral press spokesman), 500.
Donna Lawrence, Vice-President, 500.
John Lawton, CEO, 500.
David Leffell,  Dean,  500.
Dawn Mabery, consultant, 500.
Dawn Mabery,  consultant,  500.
DAN MARKOVITS, Educator, 500.
Anthony Martoni, Painter, 500.
Stephen McConnell, US Country Director, 500.
Joe Natarelli, CPA, 500.
Alexander Nogales, Administrator, 500.
Erin O’Donnell, Nurse, 500.
David Ornato, management, 500.
Sharon Oster, Yale School of Management professor, 500.
Ron Palumbo, Attorney, 500.
Raymond Palumbo, COO, 500.
Joseph Paolella, Vice President, 500.
Michael Pellini, Vice President, 500.
W. Martyn Philpot, Jr., Attorney, 500.
Charles A Pillsbury, Executive Director, 500.
Charles A Pillsbury, Executive Director, 500.
Miguel Pittman Sr, Manager (Sandra’s Soul Food restaurant in the Hill), 500.
Neil Prete, Executive, 500.
Scott Quehl, Farmer, Management Advisor, 500.
Jay Readey, Attorney/Executive Director, 500.
Karin Render Pham,  Director of Strategic Planning,  500.
Nancy Restivo, homemaker, 500.
Nino Ribeiro,  Self,  500.
William Roberts, Consultant, 500.
Linda Rottenberg, Co-Founder & CEO, 500.
Stephen Rutledge, Executive Vice President, 500.
Deneta Sells, Physician, 500.
Mary Stamp, President, 500.
Julie Straub-Barreto, Director of Finance, 500.
Erika Thomas-Yuille, attorney, 500.
Kerry Triffin, Furniture Sales (Fair Haven Furniture), 500.
Roger Vann, COO and Chief of Staff (National NAACP), 500.
Roger Vann, COO and Chief of Staff, 500.
Luis Vaz, Contractor, 500.
Michael Vespoli, Vespoli Racing, 500.
Michael Vespoli, Vespoli Racing, 500.
Ronald Walker, CPA, 500.
Eric Ward, Program Officer, 500.
Shana Waterman, tv exec, 500.
Regina Winters, Architect (and former New Haven LCI staffer), 500.
UA Plumbers & Steamfitters, 500.
Michelle Parente DiMartino, Consultant, 700.
Elizabeth Alexander,  Professor,  750.
Steven Heikin, Architect, 750.
Richard O’Dwyer,  Architect,  750.
Monica Matos, Sales, 800.
Alyce Lee, Homemaker, 850.
Rick Antle, Professor, 1,000.
Nancy Antle, Writer, 1,000.
Murali Atluru, Engineering, 1,000.
Sailesh Atluru, President, 1,000.
Becky Atluru, Contractor, 1,000.
Leela Atluru, VP, 1,000.
David Beckerman, Chairman (founder of Starter Sportswear), 1,000.
Deepak Bhargava, Executive Director, 1,000.
Anne Calabresi, Retired, 1,000.
Wendy Clarke, Attorney (and former LCI staffer), 1,000.
Ed Cleary, CPA, 1,000.
Edwin Cohen, artist, 1,000.
Wiilliam Curran, Retired, 1,000.
Michael Dawson, Compliance Consultant, 1,000.
Drew Days III, Yale Emeritus Professor of Law (and former Clinton administration solicitor general) , 1,000.
Ann Days, III, Law Professor, 1,000.
Christopher DeLong, Chief Investment Office, 1,000.
Kimberly Dimeo,  Homemaker,  1,000.
Janell Duncan, Student, 1,000.
Lawrence Duncan III,  Government Relations Executive,  1,000.
James Forman, Professor, 1,000.
Arianna Frankl, Attorney, 1,000.
Barbara Gaab, Retired, 1,000.
Gerald Gaab, Retired, 1,000.
Page Gardner, President and CEO, 1,000.
Thomas Giardini, President, 1,000.
Scott Gilly, Executive, 1,000.
Melanie Ginter, Home maker, 1,000.
William Goetzmann, Professor, 1,000.
Michael Griffin, Community Volunteer, 1,000.
William Haynes, Construction Manager, 1,000.
Donald Hense, CEO, 1,000.
Dwight Johnson, Painting Contractor, 1,000.
Anne Jones, Administrator, 1,000.
David Jones, Jr., Chairman, 1,000.
James Keefe, President, 1,000.
Charles Kingsley, Attorney, 1,000.
Matthew Klein, Executive Director, 1,000.
John Lapides, President (United Aluminum), 1,000.
Ming Lau,  Restaurant,  1,000.
Patrick A.T. Lee, Executive Vice President, 1,000.
Nick Lloyd,  Musician (owner, Firehouse 12),  1,000.
Eugene Ludwig, CEO, 1,000.
Angelica (Kica) Matos, Director of Immigrant Rights & Racial Justice, 1,000.
Victor McGrady, President, 1,000.
Tracey Meares, Yale Law Professor, 1,000.
Roslyn Meyer, Psychology, 1,000.
Jerry Meyer, artist, 1,000.
Larry Moon, President & CEO, 1,000.
Mario Morino, Philanthropist, 1,000.
Silas Myers, Investment Manager, 1,000.
Barry Nalebuff, Yale School of Management Professor (and co-founder, Honest Tea), 1,000.
Herb Newman, Principal, 1,000.
Chris Nicotra, Owner, 1,000.
Dennis Nicotra, Owner, 1,000.
David Nyberg, Investments, 1,000.
Steve Phillips, investor, 1,000.
Drummond Pike, principal, 1,000.
Brack Poitier, Construction Management, 1,000.
Bunardy Poitier, Asst Project Manager, 1,000.
Stephen Ross, Professor and investment professional, 1,000.
Carol Ross,  Retired,  1,000.
W Mark Saltzman, Professor, 1,000.
Susan Sandler,  investor,  1,000.
Leonard [Len] Schiraldi, Executive, 1,000.
Anthony [Tony] Scillia, CPA, 1,000.
JoAnn Scillia, Homemaker, 1,000.
Francis Sharry, manager, 1,000.
John Simon, Yale Law Professor, 1,000.
Ian Solomon, Yale political scientist, 1,000.
Joseph Spytek, President, 1,000.
Carroll Stevens, Corporate executive, 1,000.
Mary Stockton, artist, 1,000.
Philip (Barry) Svigals, Architect, 1,000.
Murray Trachten, Attorney, 1,000.
Diane Vardakas, property manager, 1,000.
Nancy P. Vespoli, Homemaker, 1,000.
Kenneth Woodward, Director of Preconstruction Services, 1,000.
CT Laborers Political League, 1,000.
NE Reg. Council of Carpenters CT, OPC, 1,500.
Central CT Carpenters & Pike Drivers Local Pac, 1,500.
Operating Engineers Continuing Policial Committee, 1,500.
IBEW Local Union 90, 1,500.


The Elicker campaign Tuesday announced it had raised over $140,000, including money from the Democracy Fund. But the campaign’s Wednesday filing indicates that they total raised is $127,939. Elicker said the difference comprises money the campaign expects to receive from the Democracy Fund. Fund administrator Ken Krayeske will have to go through all the paperwork and see which donations are eligible for matching funds from the program.

Out of a total of 1,069 donations to the Elicker campaign, the vast majority—nearly 700—come from area code 06511. That code covers East Rock and Newhallville, although most of the 06511 donations are from the East Rock side. The campaign also received 81 donations from 06515, which covers Westville. (Some of these are multiple donations from the same person.)

While the Elicker campaign boasts of its large number of local contributions, it also may win the prize for the farthest-away campaign contributor. Elicker received $369—$1 less than the legal maximum—from Tyler Warren, who lists his occupation as “diplomat” for the U.S. Department of State. His address: the U.S. embassy in Bahrain.

Elicker received 52 donations from people describing themselves as either lawyers or attorneys; 50 donations from professors, mostly at Yale; 81 contributions from retirees; and three donations from a single alderman: Downtown’s Doug Hausladen, who gave a total of $138.

He has support within the Devil’s Gear Bike Shop: He took in a total of $250 from Matt Feiner, the shop’s owner, and Greg Ledovsky, an employee.

On June 30, he received $25 from Christine Bartlett-Josie, former treasurer for State Rep. Gary Holder-Winfield’s mayoral bid. Holder-Winfield dropped out of the race on June 26 and endorsed Toni Harp.

The following 95 people maxed out their contributions to the Elicker campaign, donating a total of $370 each:

Albert Annunziata,  Attorney
James Baron, Professor
Howard Bierman, Attorney
Christine Bishop, Project Mgr
Helena Brett-Smith, Research Physician
Grace Bright, Library Asst
David Budries, Sunday Design
David Cameron, Yale professor
Randall Chapnick, Lawyer
Mimi Chapnick, Chiropracter
Henry Chauncey, retired Yale University secretary, Science Park president and Gaylord Hospital President
Michael Coe, Retired
Katha Cox, retired
Eliezer Cruz, Community Outreach Director, Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
Jan Cunningham, Artist
Paolo Desiato
Michael Doolittle, Photographer
Amity Doolittle, Professor
Ashley Elicker, Senior Mgr Finance
Joan Elicker
Gordon Elicker,  Retired
Joan Elicker Richards, Retired
Harold Ellis, Self
Joel Faxon, Attorney
Carolyn Faxon, Bookkeeper
Lisa Fernandez, Educational Administrator
Augustine Filomena, Carpenter
Marie Gallo-Garabedin, President
Keith Garabedian, VP
John Geanakoplos, Professor
Terry Gilbertson, Building Officer
Edward Gillis, Attorney
William Goetzmann, Professor
Gary Gorton, Professor
William Graustein, local philanthoprist and “private investor,”
Donald Harvey, Retired
Scott Healy, Consultant
Dirk Hobman, Photographer
Joseph Hoffman, Physiologist
Lisa Howie, Director of Investments
Bernadette Huang,  Coordinator
Christopher Illick, Doctor
Alison Illick, Stay at home Mom
Gerald Kahn, Attorney
Cindy Kissin, Consultant
George Knight, Architect
Meg Knight
Jonathan Knisely, Physician
Richard Kramer, Retired
David Ladd, Investment Advisor
John Lapides, Manufacturer (United Aluminum)
James Lapides, Art Dealer
Anthony Law, Parent
Cindy Leffell, Self
Donald Margulies, Playwright
Christopher Mordecai, real estate
Marie Morgan
Grayson Murphy, Retired
Robert Narracci, Senior Associate
Dhasakumar Navaratnam, Physician/Research Scientist
Ronald Netter,  Retired
Susan Netter, Retired
Chris Nicotra, Investor
Elida Nosenzu, Underwriter
Claire Priest, Professor
Ann Prum, TV Producer
Vita Raffone
Faye Rastegar, retired
Kristen Richards, Dermatologist
Harold Richards
Gilian Roush, Retired
Albert Ryan, Retired
Paul Sabin, Academic
June Sachs, Self Employed
Ted Schaffer, Real Estate
David Schimchick, Teacher
Michael Sernyak, Professor (and CEO, Connecticut Mental Health Center)
Marjorie Shansky, Attorney
David Shonka, Physician
Eric Smith, Attorney
Hunter Smith, Law
Judith Snow, Exec. Mgmt
John Soto, President, Spacecraft
Pedro Soto, Assistant General Manager, Spacecraft
Mary Stone, Psychiatrist
A Douglas Stone, Professor
Mike Stratton, Lawyer
Barry Stratton, Real Estate Agent
Colleen Stratton, President
Sabra Stratton, Student
Lynn Street, Physician
Martha Summerville, Consultant
Jeffrey Summerville, Social Worker
Shel Swanson, Midwife
Ryan Tufts


Like the Elicker campaign, the Harp campaign’s pre-filing announcement of its fundraising total does not equal the total on the summary page of the final filing. The Harp campaign announced last Friday that it had raised $117,000. Wednesday’s filing indicates that it has raised $111,341. Campaign manager Jason Bartlett said the discrepancy is due to the fact that the final filing only indicates donations received through June 30. When you include contributions through July 2, the total is around $118,000, he said. He said the campaign didn’t include anything past June 30 in the official filing on the advice of the State Elections Enforcement Commission.

The Harp campaign’s contributions are almost exclusively from within Connecticut, with only a handful from other states.

Harp received $4,000 from campaign committees, including West Hartford’s 3rd Street PAC, Bridgeport’s Employee’s Action Network and Southern Connecticut Citizens for Government Excellence, and New Haven’s Democratic Leadership Fund.

Harp’s contributions of $370 or over:

Susan Lincoln,  $370.00
Brian McGrath, former city traffic czar $370.00
Ezra Griffith,  $400.00
Enola Aird,  $500.00
Barry Alexander,  $500.00
Anthony Avallone, zoning attorney and former state senator,  $500.00
Richard Buturla,  $500.00
Elsie Chapman,  $500.00
Peter Chapman,  $500.00
Loraine Cortese-Costa,  $500.00
Katrin Czinger,  $500.00
Priscilla Dannies,  $500.00
Desmond Ebanks,  $500.00
Lisa Grasso Egan,  $500.00
Carl Fenn,  $500.00
David Gannon,  $500.00
Thomas Goldberg,  $500.00
Joanne Goldblum, founder, Diaper Bank $500.00
Jerald & Linda Gooden,  $500.00
James Grant,  $500.00
Judith B. Heins,  $500.00
Jamesina Henderson, former Hill Health Center CEO,  $500.00
Consuelo (Connie) Hill,  $500.00
Theresa Hopkins-Staten,  $500.00
Edward Thomas Joyner, Dr.,  $500.00
Thomas Katon,  $500.00
Sylvia Kelly,  $500.00
David Kozak,  $500.00
Rachel Kushel,  $500.00
Irene Lebov,  $500.00
Richard Lebov,  $500.00
Jerry Long,  $500.00
J Edward Meyer,  $500.00
Gail Myatt,  $500.00
Nicholas Neeley,  $500.00
Ellen Nurse,  $500.00
Ellen Nurse,  $500.00
David Panico,  $500.00
Edith Prague, former state legislator,  $500.00
Bruce Rubenstien, attorney,  $500.00
Adam Salina,  $500.00
Dwayne Sansope,  $500.00
Antoine Scott,  $500.00
Ann Sheffer,  $500.00
Herman Sheppard,  $500.00
Michael Taylor ,  $500.00
Third Street PAC,  $500.00
Roger Vann, CO, national NAACP, $500.00
Terry Waller,  $500.00
Rolan Joni Young, attorney,  $500.00
Richard A. Ferguson ,  $750.00
Bruce Levin,  $750.00
Ellen Looney,  $750.00
Martin Looney, state senator,  $750.00
William Berkeley,  $1,000.00
Andrew Boas,  $1,000.00
Charles Cheslock,  $1,000.00
Sanford Cloud,  $1,000.00
James Comer,  Yale professor and early childhood education pioneer, $1,000.00
Employee Action Account,  $1,000.00
Bettye Fletcher,  $1,000.00
James Gertler,  $1,000.00
Michael Griffin,  $1,000.00
Samuel Hamilton,  $1,000.00
Herbert Hardwick,  $1,000.00
Djana Harp,  $1,000.00
Jamil Harp,  $1,000.00
Clayton Henderson,  $1,000.00
William T. Iovanne, funeral director,  $1,000.00
Irene Jacobs,  $1,000.00
James Johnsen,  $1,000.00
Simon Konover,  developer, $1,000.00
Michael Kowalski,  $1,000.00
Alan Lazowski,  $1,000.00
Barry Lazowski,  $1,000.00
Maria Lazowski,  $1,000.00
John Mancini,  $1,000.00
John Motley,  $1,000.00
Rainer Muhlbauer,  $1,000.00
Trudy Muhlbauer,  $1,000.00
Frank Nasti,  housing developer, $1,000.00
Sandra Nasti,  $1,000.00
Brian Olson,  $1,000.00
Henry Parker,  former state treasurer, $1,000.00
William Peelle,  $1,000.00
Bennett Pudlin,  $1,000.00
Beverly Sackler,  $1,000.00
Jonathan Sackler,  $1,000.00
Raymond R. Sackler,  $1,000.00
Richard Segal,  $1,000.00
James Segaloff,  lawyer, $1,000.00
Marion Sharpe,  $1,000.00
Laura Sklaver,  $1,000.00
Southern CT Citizens for Gov Excellence,  $1,000.00
Alphonso Tindall,  $1,000.00
Charles Tisdale,  $1,000.00
Stephen Updegrove,  $1,000.00
Stanley Welch, retired Congressional staffer,  $1,000.00
Democratic Leadership Fund, $1,500.00


Carolina took in $8,905 from individuals, and $24,530 from the Democracy Fund. He received maximum $370 donations from five people: Reginald Lytle, Pamela Augustine-Jefferson, Robert Pellegrino, Michael Jefferson, and Bethany Watkins.

Most of Carolina’s donations are for small amounts, usually $10. And the overwhelming majority are from New Haven donors. Carolina appears to have the highest percentage of New Haven donors of any of the campaigns, with the possible exception of Keitazulu.


Keitazulu’s campaign raised a total of $1,360 from 40 donors. The majority of the donations were in the amount of $10. Only two donors gave the maximum contribution of $370: attorney Mike Stratton and philanthropist Bill Graustein. Most of Keitazulu’s donations came from Newhallville. Only three were from outside of New Haven. Keitazulu himself gave $25 on June 27.

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posted by: TheMadcap on July 10, 2013  5:17pm

So, to put it succinctly, Elicker is the one with the most actual individual people donating to him, and more importantly the only one of the big three who actually has most of their donations coming from New Haven, which I find to be kind of really important. I guess that’s another reason to vote for him.

posted by: Hieronymous on July 10, 2013  5:57pm

Can’t wait for people with more knowledge of New Haven (and extra-New Haven) “who’s whos” to delve deeper into these data. For now, just a morsel: Henry Fernandez has raised $3,500 from the Proprietors of the New Haven Green and/or their spouses. Conspiracy theorists, go to work…

posted by: HewNaven on July 10, 2013  6:03pm

Once again, this proves how amazing it is to see the amount that Elicker raised in comparison to Harp and Fernandez who took their money mostly from out of towners.

posted by: Righteous Cyclist on July 10, 2013  6:13pm

Nothing from Mathew Harp? Oh, I guess it would look bad if he contributed to his mother’s campaign while carrying a million dollar tax debt.

posted by: Indigo on July 10, 2013  6:20pm

The NHI’s money-focused headline buries the lead. Justin Elicker’s campaign has BY FAR the largest number of donors total and the largest percentage of donors from New Haven. It’s not a slim margin. He has more than DOUBLE the number of individual donors and % of New Haven-based donors when compared to Harp and Fernandez. This is a bombshell. We all say that we want to take money out of politics, and yet for some reason money rather than people gets the headline. But luckily for Elicker, it’s people who get to choose the next Mayor.

posted by: Bill Saunders on July 10, 2013  6:26pm

If Henry is leading the money race, that explains why he is the only candidate that has sent me a crappy political flyer so far this season.

I have some penny-wise advice for both Harp and O’Henry— save your postage, and delete me from your lists. 

Your message is no good here.

posted by: cedarhillresident! on July 10, 2013  7:09pm

Thanks for posting a few names but I really WANT A link please! WE WANT TO SEE the donors…AT least JD made those available online! Can these folks actually be less transparent then John! OMG… Can we please scan those in! Thank you.

Bill I got one…it was on my porch and one of the stray cats pee’d on it.

Henry I have to say I am sure you are not a bad guy but really?? Do you mock our city that much? I find it to be amazingly insulting that you feel this out of towner cash flow is something to brag about. :( Total let down.

How many of Harps New Haven donors are unite?

I want scans please the public deserves them! The public deserves to have some transparency due to the obvious pay to play that is happening. And the NEWS has the obligation to the public to keep it real.

posted by: anonymous on July 10, 2013  9:10pm

Tough choice. Candidates who raise 3/4 of their money from suburban contractors outside of New Haven and from PACs, or Candidates who represent the issues of actual New Haven residents and participate in our highly-progressive public financing system.

Only those insiders and suburban union-financed staff/Aldermen who think that Big Money in Politics is a “good thing” would consider a vote for either Harp or Fernandez.

Given that Harp thinks that “Anybody who’s going to have a gambling problem already has it”* presumably she also thinks that there’s no way to fix our tremendously broken Big Money system.

posted by: Billy on July 10, 2013  9:38pm

According to Mr. Fernandez: “there is strong support for a progressive candidate in the city of New Haven”. I couldn’t agree more…Justin’s numbers in this article bear that out entirely. Justin shows clear traction in this city, while One City and Senator Harp still consider it fly over country. One City is thrilled by the number $177,081 that his campaign raised, but completely fails to recognize that just over a quarter is not a promising number. Here’s my on-the-ground equation: $177,081 x .27.5 (give or take) = lots of out of town support plus very little traction with New Haven voters…not to mention spin to the power of 10 from the Fernandez MACHINE.

posted by: Noteworthy on July 10, 2013  10:24pm

Show Me The Money Notes:

1. Mini-me Fernandez could best be described as all hat and no cattle - lots of money and no supporters in New Haven who are willing to pony up the dough. He will need all that money and more to buy the election. He better continue to hit up the special interests and hoi poloi around the country if he wants to stay competitive.

2. Mini-me2 Harp is his mirror image - lots of out of towners and she’s milking her years of debt and taxes in Hartford. She will need the machine to print more money to bridge her out of touch “traumatizing” campaign.

3. Justin Elicker’s money raise so far is impressive and so is his donor list. He is likely to fall to third place in the money list, but his ideas and locals do him proud.

Buying elections is bad. Clean elections are good. The two mini - me(s) are doing it old school which should leave a bad taste in everyone’s mouth.

posted by: anonymous on July 10, 2013  11:13pm

What exactly is the “Democratic Leadership Fund,” and why are they empowered to donate so much more money than a typical citizen donor?

posted by: Hieronymous on July 10, 2013  11:42pm

Back-of-the-napkin calculation (with caveat that even on the front of the napkin, my math is not to be trusted): If Henry were bound by the Democracy Fund, meaning he couldn’t take PAC money and his most eager and deep-pocketed were limited to $370 donations, his total would be about $98,000 less, or 79k, not counting matching funds, which is less than Elicker raised—overwhelmingly from New Haven residents in much smaller increments—without counting matching funds. Harp’s total would be almost 40,000 less. Of course, if 370 were the limit you might find contractors like Sailesh Alturu finding even more relatives to donate the max. Either way, it’s really astonishing how few individual donors he has relative to his war chest. I’m beginning to think I’d rather have Harp (beholden to labor) than Fernandez (beholden to outside contractors). 

I’m sure it was an innocent mistake, but I can’t help but notice that NHI did not publish the number of individual Harp donors. I also found it somewhat remarkable that NHI seemed to call out Henry for having many donors in the suburbs and then reported in a seemingly positive way that Harp’s donors were almost exclusively from CT. Who cares? What we want to know is what city these people live in and vote in. But we’re pretty around spoiled here. I don’t see anybody else reporting on these disclosures yet, let alone in this degree of detail. So big thanks, NHI; I look forward to a more fulsome analysis (and links!) when time allows.

posted by: HhE on July 11, 2013  12:11am

Since many people confuse money with demacracy, let’s do a little exersise.  Money are not votes, but let each donation be one vote (one person, one vote is still the law of this land).

Justin has 781 votes.

OneCity has about 125 votes.

For Sen. Harp we do not have the data, but given the sizes of many of her donations, but having raised only $10k or so more (I am subtrating the Democray Fund grant) than Justin, it is a fair bet she has well less than 700 votes.

Justin Elicker wins.

posted by: Christopher Schaefer on July 11, 2013  7:51am

Fernadez’ “corporate and committee donations come from a number of contractors and building unions.”  So I see he already has his list of contractors whom he “owes” city construction projects. Not mentioned in this article is the fact that he received contributions from employees of “Center for American Progress” and the “Center for Community Change”. This article lists “Southern CT Citizens for Gov Excellence” as a Harp contributor. So am I the only one who sees the sad irony here? Over 75% of Elicker’s contributions are from New Haveners, nearly all of Carolina’s and Keitazulu’s donors are New Haveners—while less than 30% of Harp’s & Ferndandez’ contributors live in New Haven. Merriam-Webster defines a “carpetbagger” as an “outsider, especially a nonresident or new resident who seeks private gain from an area often by meddling in its business or politics”. So I’d say we could apply that descriptor here. The New Haven Register quoted Sundiata Keitazulu as stating “people are ready for a new type of government — one that is responsible to New Haven residents, not contractors, lobbyists or special interests.” I hope he’s right.

posted by: robn on July 11, 2013  8:01am

I see a lot of nice, well intentioned people who live in NH on ALL of these lists. But in the end, the most local support is the most convincing to me and the candidates that have that local support are Elicker and Carolina.

posted by: SaveOurCity on July 11, 2013  8:37am

speaking of money, who can help out with this question;  Looking on the New Haven Assesor’s database, Harp lives in a home valued at 1.33 Million (assessed val = $936,740 or 70% of market value).  This resulted in a city tax bill of $36,420 last year.  Harp’s senatorial salary is $28,000 per year and I’m sure there are some bonuses for committee memberships and chairmanships but this still doesn’t add up.  Is her family business (the same one that stiffed the city out of big dollars) paying her way.  Are there other benefactors of which we should be aware?  There seems to be a lot of money changing hands and if she is to be our mayor, there should be more transparency.

[Editor: Toni Harp has a second job, at Hill Health Center. And according to the following article in the Register, she lives in a house that was willed to her children: http://nhregister.com/articles/2013/05/26/news/new_haven/doc51a1851b78103763834002.txt?viewmode=fullstory ]

posted by: anonymous on July 11, 2013  9:08am

What’s absolutely fascinating is how many of the donors to Harp and Fernandez have personally received tens of thousands of dollars as a result of Harp and Fernandez being in office. For example, Harp has pushed huge contracts for state projects, and the individuals getting the $50,000 payments are now kicking back $1,000 to Harp. 

That and the fact that only around one in four of Harp and Fernandez’s donors even live in New Haven, just shows that the City is for sale.

It might take too much time for NHI staff, but can we crowdsource an analysis of this issue on Google Docs, Whiteboard, or something like it?

posted by: bwalker49 on July 11, 2013  9:39am

[Editor: Toni Harp has a second job, at Hill Health Center. And according to the following article in the Register, she lives in a house that was willed to her children: http://nhregister.com/articles/2013/05/26/news/new_haven/doc51a1851b78103763834002.txt?viewmode=fullstory ]
Please people get off of her house and stop hating and get the facts right.

posted by: TheWizard on July 11, 2013  9:45am

@bwalker49:  It’s not the house itself.  Its the fact that her husband bilked the city out of hundreds of thousands of dollars and now Toni is living large as a result. 

I think asking questions regarding how she would care for taxpayer money are more than fair - they are critical.

posted by: Curious on July 11, 2013  9:52am

This doesn’t include money from a coming fundraiser that CMHC leadership is holding for Toni Harp and that NHI has forbidden to be talked about on here.

posted by: cedarhillresident! on July 11, 2013  10:02am

bwalker I don’t that has been mentioned in sometime. But thanks for bring it back up again.

Here is the story were she calls the half million dollar Bethany house her “Party house”.

and here is a picture of it.

If she is selling it as she stated I hope a million of that goes to the back taxes.

Again thanks for bringing it up again.

posted by: Curious on July 11, 2013  10:42am

@ SaveOurCity, it’s a house that her husband’s business owns, that passed to her son on the condition that Senator Harp gets to live in it for free for the rest of her life.

@ bwalker49, the house is relevant because Harp claims she had no knowledge of her husband’s business dealings or million-dollar debt, yet she gladly reaps the benefits. 

It’s also relevant because Toni Harp voted for tax relief for some in the last budget, and her son is the greatest beneficiary of that relief.  Despite owing a million dollars in back-taxes on his businesses, he is allowed to keep both a $600,000 house and a $500,000 house instead of having those and other assets seized.

It’s good to have a state senator in the family.

posted by: OneCityManyDreams on July 11, 2013  11:27am

Excellent Discussion here. So the question is simply what is Toni Harp’s financial interests in the City and State? It appears the answer is none.  She has no vested ownership of anything here?  I find this very confusing. In my opinion it does not seem like she is a ‘stakeholder’. She doesn’t pay taxes. She doesn’t rent. She doesn’t own. What is her interest in representing people like me and thousands of others who ARE “stakeholders”?

posted by: anonymous on July 11, 2013  12:03pm

OneCity, it’s clear from the donation list that the interest is in raising taxes on our city’s low-income renters and homeowners, in order to funnel more money to politically-connected elites, the vast majority of whom (like the folks who run UNITE HERE) do not even live within New Haven. 

This is nothing new to New Haven. But it is a major reason why enormous road-widening projects like Whalley Avenue* and free downtown parking lots for CMHC workers take priority over buses, walkers, and tax-producing uses; why housing is crumbling in most areas; and why there are zero jobs for young people especially in Newhallville (especially after street-cleaning, youth-at-work, and parks employee rosters have been decimated under DeStefano).

The pavement lobby and the need for suburban union workers to buy more SUVs always takes priority over the people who live here.

posted by: Wikus van de Merwe on July 11, 2013  12:15pm

Well from the linked article “Wendell Harp’s estate is still before the Probate Court in New Haven and is not expected to be finalized until fall”.

Does the mayor hold any sway over the probate court?

posted by: Razzie on July 11, 2013  12:54pm

@ Anon—@ Schaefer
Lost in the shuffle about who has more New Haven dollars than the others is the fact that Toni Harp continues to amass “actual” support in the form of endorsements from living New Haven voters: 20 out of 30 sitting Aldermen; Latino community political and religious leaders; 39 former New Haven Alders; State Reps. Pat Dillon, Gary Holder-Winfield, Toni Walker, Juan Candelaria, (and counting); and overwhelming majority of the Democratic Town Committee; and countless ordinary citizens who live and work in this city every day.

BTW: it appears that the disappointing results of the Carolina campaign indicate that we will now have a 3 - person race to the roses. Here’s hoping Carolina follows the lead of Nemerson and Holder-Winfield to help move New Haven forward—together.

posted by: TheMadcap on July 11, 2013  2:06pm

Toni Harp has the support of essentially union leaders and backed alderman and fellow elected friends. Her campaign donation statistics show that support isn’t translating into people in New Haven supporting her, at last enough to even throw $10 her way.

posted by: SaveOurCity on July 11, 2013  2:59pm

@TheMadcap:  be careful not to sell Toni short - she obviously has almost $100,000 worth of out of town donors.  You can be sure that each of them are expecting a strong return on their ‘investment’ in our election.

posted by: HhE on July 11, 2013  5:48pm

Razzie, some leadership.  Mr. Nemerson appears to be cashing in already on his endorsement.  Whatever Mr. Holder-Winfield may think of Sen. Harp, it is pretty clear that they were holding a gun to the head of his political carrier. 

I do not thinking gaming the future is really moving New Haven forward—together.  More like which life raft has the best food.

posted by: accountability on July 11, 2013  5:48pm

Kudos to Paul for mentioning the obvious—that Elicker’s contributions are as skewed as the other candidates’.

The idea that someone funded almost entirely by East Rock, Westville and out of town has anything more than a marginally greater claim to grassroots legitimacy than any of the other candidates is absurd.

The relationships revealed in these data are interesting. But the Elickerites should really cut the self-righteous grassroots bunk. Try analyzing the interests of his $370 donors with the same frenzy you apply to the other candidates. They won’t be those of “our city’s low-income renters and homeowners,” because that isn’t who is making the contributions.

posted by: THREEFIFTHS on July 11, 2013  6:47pm

posted by: Razzie on July 11, 2013 12:54pm
@ Anon—@ Schaefer
Lost in the shuffle about who has more New Haven dollars than the others is the fact that Toni Harp continues to amass “actual” support in the form of endorsements from living New Haven voters: 20 out of 30 sitting Aldermen; Latino community political and religious leaders; 39 former New Haven Alders; State Reps. Pat Dillon, Gary Holder-Winfield, Toni Walker, Juan Candelaria, (and counting); and overwhelming majority of the Democratic Town Committee; and countless ordinary citizens who live and work in this city every day.

The politicians you talk about who are giving endorsements are nothing more then Tammany Hall political machine huslers. Fernandez aslo has his share of Tammany Hall political machine huslers.Overwhelming majority of the Democratic Town Committee.How is that when the Democratic Town Committee is the voiced of the voters. Countless ordinary citizens who live and work in this city every day.You have proof of this.

BTW: it appears that the disappointing results of the Carolina campaign indicate that we will now have a 3 - person race to the roses. Here’s hoping Carolina follows the lead of Nemerson and Holder-Winfield to help move New Haven forward—together.

It ain’t over till the fat lady sings.

posted by: HhE on July 11, 2013  7:07pm

accountability, as one of Justin Elicker’s $370 donners (I live in 06511, but not East Rock), what do I expect/hope for in return?  Just good government.

posted by: TheMadcap on July 11, 2013  7:16pm

Call me crazy, but I still trust a candidate backed by a bunch of upper middle class people who actually live in New Haven than two candidates who refused to participate in the democracy fund and are backed by a bunch of upper middle class people from the suburbs and PACs

posted by: streever on July 11, 2013  8:48pm

New Haven is a city drowning in corruption, unlawful and unethical behavior by our leaders, and real crimes against citizens by their “representatives”.

I would not claim Harp’s endorsement by the frequently corrupt people who currently run the city as a positive.

posted by: Curious on July 11, 2013  9:00pm

@ Accountability,

Give me a break.  Did Paul Bass subject any of the other candidates to his area code analysis?

Either he did not, or he did not like what he saw, and chose not to publish them.

Either way, that’s bad journalism.  Paul you may not like it when I say that, but you did the math on this, and you either did it for only one candidate or only published it for one.  What else do you call that besides bias?

Until Paul or someone else breaks down the other candidates’ donations by area code as well, this is a specious argument without merit. 

Nice try, though.  Both of you.

posted by: Wikus van de Merwe on July 11, 2013  9:04pm

I’m a New Haven home owner in a non-“rock” part of the city and I donated to Justin’s campaign.  Of course the ward he deals with regularly as alderman knows him and supports him because they see his work and drive.  If he can pull that much support out of a couple of wards just think how much support he would garner if he was working for the whole city.

I feel like with Justin at the reigns maybe this place has a chance.  With the rest I’m pretty sure I’m just biding my time until I have an opportunity to leave for the suburbs where I can get twice the peace, quiet, safety, land, and government services with half or less of the taxes.

posted by: Curious on July 11, 2013  9:07pm

For another take on Paul Bass’ bias and desire to paint Justin Elicker as “the rich white candidate from East Rock”, here’s a map of area code 06511, which as Paul Bass chooses to point out, “contains East Rock and Newhallville”.


It also contains Dixwell (gasp) and the gangland around Saint Ray’s.  So without a breakdown by block, what does that mean?

When will all the candidates get the same treatment on here, and the facts get reported equally, instead of just what makes a good story?

posted by: Hieronymous on July 11, 2013  9:49pm

I think it’s exceedingly likely that the 06511 donations came from the nicer parts of East Rock and the 06515 donations came from the nicer parts of Westville (and not West Rock). But I also think it’s a hell of a lot better to have 781 individual donations from these neighborhoods, which correllate, after all, to actual New Haven residents with New Haven problems and (presumably) New Haven voter registration, than an untold number of donors from outside New Haven (who, lets face it, are much more likely to be from Weston or Woodbridge than Bridgeport or Bristol). Even if you take away the East Rock and Westville donors, Elicker almost certainly still has more individual New Haven donors than Fernandez, given that “most” of his 413 individual donations came from outside the City.

Again, for whatever reason, we have no useful demographic informaton about Harp’s donors (though we can deduce from what little info you’ve provided that about 70% of Harp’s donations are in increments of $370 or more and we know from her own press release that less than 30% of her donors are city residents). It’s now been over 24 hours. Even if you’re not going to do a deep dive into these numbers, at least give us consistent data points across the candidates: # of individual donations; # of individual donors; % inside New Haven; #/% of $370 or more. At the moment, NHI has been outdone by the Register.

posted by: accountability on July 11, 2013  11:24pm

Congratulations to the Elickerites! You managed to wait an entire 3 hours and 19 minutes before making the obvious spurious argument!

I knew someone would try to argue that 06511 isn’t all East Rock. Curious, you get the prize for the most advanced ability to just ignore the words in NHI stories that don’t conform to your reality:

“That code covers East Rock and Newhallville, although most of the 06511 donations are from the East Rock side.”

Please reread the last 5 words of that sentence until they sink in.

And this idea that the NHI is somehow unfair to Elicker is even more disconnected from reality. The NHI covers Justin’s every burp. There’s no need to subject the other candidates’ contributions to a zip code analysis because the NHI has already reported that they’re taking so much more money outside of New Haven.

If you did subject their in-New Haven contributions to a zip code analysis and found them to look like Elicker, then so what? You’ve got a bunch of candidates funded by East Rock, Westville and out of town. In other words, by the people who can afford to make political contributions.

I don’t particularly care. That’s what the laws allow, and it takes a lot of money to run for mayor. But this incessant pretense that Elicker’s contribution base significantly distinguishes him from his competitors is just kind of silly.

posted by: markcbm on July 11, 2013  11:31pm

Illuminati for Fernandez!

posted by: Razzie on July 12, 2013  6:18am

@ 3/5ths -  @ Curious —@ Streever

3/5ths—Last time I checked, the votes of Tammany Hall political machine hustlers” counted the same as yours. Or do we now get equity bonus points for being what you regard to be good citizens?

Curious—Elicker’s East Rock Elites need to adopt a page from Dr. Phil’s best selling book: If you happen to be rich, well-off, and pushing one candidate exclusively, you just have to “own” your behavior. It is no secret that the demographics of East Rock mirror the demographics of New Canaan CT. Elicker’s strength there is no surprise. Not to mention that if you examine his donor list, you see that Mike Stratton’s family (and others) donated in excess of $1,000. Seems to be a violation of the spirit of the $370 Democracy Fund contribution limit.

Streever—An honest look at the breadth of Sen. Harp’s support and endorsements reveals that her support is not limited to a single group or type of voter. Yes, she has significant support within the DTC. But don’t neglect the fact that 20 out of 30 aldermen, the entire organized Latino political and religious apparatus, the bulk of the New Haven state delegation, numerous African American lay and religious groups, and countless other individuals (many of whom I am sure you respect) look favorably upon her and her accomplishments. Far, far more than any other candidate in the race. Don’t be swayed by the partisan comments from the East Rock Elite.

posted by: anonymous on July 12, 2013  7:07am

Accountability, the number and proportion of local donations speaks for itself. Anyone who calls them bunk is out of touch.

Furthermore, to Curious’s point, East Rock (and other sections of 06511) have plenty of relatively low income renters and homeowners, as does Westville/Amity (06515 also covers a huge area).  The homeownership rate in East Rock is pretty low.  Elicker draws plenty of support from these more moderate income renters and homeowners, who tend to be younger, as well as folks on the East Side.

Those who support Harp and Fernandez tend to be older city and State contractors, and pavement lobbyists, who live in the suburbs or in large mansions in the city. You’re kidding yourself if you think they don’t expect something in return for their $1,000 (or more if multiple family member) donations.

posted by: THREEFIFTHS on July 12, 2013  9:05am

posted by: Razzie on July 12, 2013 6:18am
@ 3/5ths -  @ Curious —@ Streever

3/5ths—Last time I checked, the votes of Tammany Hall political machine hustlers” counted the same as yours. Or do we now get equity bonus points for being what you regard to be good citizens?

And this is why I keep saying we need proportional representation and term limits.Also the money that Harp and Fernandez are pulling in are not from donors,They are from payday lenders and loan sharks who when one of them is elected, the loans and interest become due and you know what I mean.

posted by: SaveOurCity on July 12, 2013  9:16am

Not much more to add here but there is certainly a need to address a few recent distortions and untrue statements;

>accountability:  Yes, Justin’s contribution base DOES significantly distinguish him from his competitors.  As of July 1, the count of New Haven donors is

Elicker   688
Harp     145
Fernandez   121

Source:  http://goo.gl/iUnCL

Toni and Henry close the dollar gap with PACS and out of town money.  Everyone owes favors after an election but ask yourself to whom the mayor should owe favors.

> Razzie - you are missing important points.  The Stratton family has contributed $370 * 4 = $1480 to Elicker while the Lazowski and Sackler families gave $1000 * 3 = $3000 to Harp and the Atluru family gave $1000 * 4 = $4,000 to Henry.  All are playing by the rules but it has to be better for the city to have smaller contributions from residents than big chunks from Hartford, Satmford, etc.  (I’ll let you research the sources if you’d like)

> Razzie:  your attempt to equate New Canaan with East Rock is the very definition of specious.  Have you ever been to New Canaan?  Here are a few facts to straighten you out;

Median Age;  East Rock 33.  New Canaan 40
% home w kids;  East Rock 14%.  New Canaan 42%
non-white pop;  East Rock 35%.  New Canaan 5%
people/sq mi;  East Rock 6500.  New Canaan 875
med income/house;  East Rock $38,582.  New Canaan $141,788

so half of Justin’s current ward resembles New Canaan how?

...bending the facts to make a point is one thing.  Complete distortions are another.

posted by: cedarhillresident! on July 12, 2013  9:32am

accountability, I to live in 06511 and I do not live in East Rock! I am looking for a mayor that OWES NO ONE BUT THE people that live in this city!

posted by: cedarhillresident! on July 12, 2013  9:37am

Hey folks Cedar Hill is having a meet and greet for Elicker.

Ice Cream Social for Elicker
tomorrow Sat. On the corner of State Street and May street..across from the Hess station. It will be from 1 PM to 3 PM. If you have not had a chance to meet him and talk to him this is a laid back way to do it. Many of us support him in the area but do not really have the yards to do a gathering so we can together and got a permit to do it in the parking lot.

posted by: Curious on July 12, 2013  9:42am

Man, I love the Anti-Elicker crowd.  You guys had me literally laughing out loud on my way to work this morning, thank you for brightening up my day!

My favorite bit is probably the claim that the part of town the donor lives in is REALLY REALLY IMPORTANT as long as it adheres to the “Elicker is an elitist” fiction, but COMPLETELY INCONSEQUENTIAL if it tars them all with the same brush.  That kind of blatant hypocrisy is hilarious!

My second-favorite is how having money and being successful is a terrible thing when you’re talking about Justin Elicker, but somehow off-the-table when it’s Toni Harp.

My third favorite is all the spin about how the money and donors don’t matter.  It matters to everyone I talk to in New Haven, and it matters a lot.  It’s swaying voters, and it’s having a powerful impact.

You guys have a bright future as political commentators on FOX news, the best of luck to you!

posted by: Curious on July 12, 2013  9:47am

Lastly, can the NHI release the actual spreadsheets of the campaign contributions, so we can all do our own analyses?  If NHI is going to cherry-pick which candidates are subjected to certain scrutiny, I’d like to be able to run the numbers on the rest, too.

In the past, Kerekes linked a spreadhseet here with DeStefano’s campaign contributor spreadsheet.

Why not share out the raw data on the current candidates?

posted by: William Kurtz on July 12, 2013  10:16am

Fernandez said the donations to his campaign came from a “wide cross-section” of people in the city, state, and across the country, especially from progressive leaders and social justice activists. Campaign treasurer Bruce Ditman said over a quarter of the 415 total contributions came from New Haveners.

“We’re energized by this,” Ditman said. “It’s demonstrable proof of our efforts and our overwhelming viability.”

More than 25%, huh? With all due respect, that’s quite a spin being put on that fact. It seems more accurate and meaningful to say that nearly three-quarters of the contributions have been made by people ineligible to vote in the upcoming election.

Regarding the silliness about zip codes and demographics: it seems that a $370 contribution from a white, affluent, educated person living in East Rock should still trump a $1,000 contribution from a white, affluent, educated person living somewhere outside the city, no? In other words, even if it’s true that Mr. Elicker’s donors belong to a similar demographic, most of them are still local voters.

posted by: omgk on July 12, 2013  10:29am

So who leads the race for the people can we talk about that at least onece cuz thats wats gona count.

posted by: cedarhillresident! on July 12, 2013  10:37am

I would think that our Registrars office would of scanned them in and posted them here


???? would that not be part of the job?? Why have they not??

Call and let them know they should provide a pdf of each of the candidates donations that are not already available on line. (203) 946-8035

[Ed.: All the campaign finance filings are available to download from the city clerk website. Click here.]

posted by: FacChec on July 12, 2013  11:04am

It is nearly impossible if not improbable to determine from the this listing, the number of New Haven resident contribution from the number of non-resident contributions.

As you will note the listed contributions to all candidates starts at $370, it is conceivable that the percentages of contributions from city residents could be much higher.But what does that really tell us about who will actually vote?

At the same time, the candidates receiving Democracy funds must by the law;  not receive
individual contribution over $370,
the only exceptions listed is that of Devil gear bike shop, $250 from Matt Feiner, the shop’s owner, and Greg Ledovsky, an employee.
“the Elicker campaign boasts of its large number of local contributions, it also may win the prize for the farthest-away campaign contributor. Elicker received $369—$1 less than the legal maximum—from Tyler Warren, who lists his occupation as “diplomat” for the U.S. Department of State. His address: the U.S. embassy in Bahrain.


Quote from Hhe;

“For Sen. Harp we do not have the data, but given the sizes of many of her donations, but having raised only $10k or so more (I am subtrating the Democray Fund grant) than Justin, it is a fair bet she has well less than 700 votes.

Justin Elicker wins”.

That analysis is Nonsense!

The moral of this story is that: what does it matter where and from who the candidates contributions come from, it’s all legal under city and state and U.S. law.

The contributions provide no insight into who will actually vote.

posted by: cedarhillresident! on July 12, 2013  11:11am

Thank NHI Doink I did not even realize that the scans were on that page and HOW REVILING THEY ARE!

posted by: Curious on July 12, 2013  12:08pm

“Gary Holder-Winfield laid a personal wreath at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Long Wharf Friday afternoon.”

From the NHI article:  http://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/holder-winfield_marks_flag_day/

Personal, except he paid for it with campaign money.

Page 74 of his campaign filing, “Memeriol Day Reef for Candidate to lay at Veterans Memorial, $37.22”

posted by: SaveOurCity on July 12, 2013  12:11pm

Thanks - its great to have info at our fingertips (via the city clerk’s website). 

Can someone please donate a typewriter, an old PC, or something similar to the Harp campaign?  Handwritten forms are a bit ridiculous in 2013.  Is this the level of modernization we can expect in City Hall if Harp gets into office? 

Break out the mimeograph machines!

posted by: westville man on July 12, 2013  12:15pm

@ Razzie.  Trying again to get through the NHI moderator so here goes:
Every dollar does NOT equal 1 vote.  Many of Kerm’s contributors donated 5 or 10 dollars and some can’t afford any money at all.
But their votes will count, money or not.
That’s a TRULY grass-roots campaign.  He wont be dropping out before the Primary.  Trust me.

posted by: Curious on July 12, 2013  12:37pm

Henry Fernandez with a $36,350 payout to some consulting company in Chicago.  Listed on his forms as “Mobilize Inc” but the address and suite is for this company if you Google the address…


Page 35 of section P of his filings.

$4,000 to a DC consulting firm, page 19.

Another $1,500 to the DC firm on page 5.

Another $18,000 to “Mobilize Inc Democracy Partners” in Chicago but this time at a different address, $4,000 to “New Partners Consulting” in Washington DC, both on page 2.

$2,500 to J.P. Boyle of Portsmouth, New Hampshire for “Development Consultanting” on page 1 also of section P.

So Fernandez paid out roughly $62,000 to out-of-state companies for political consulting services. 

$2500 on “travel” to some company in CA.  Lots of entires for food, balloons, and such.  $800 for musicians.  $177 bottle of wine from Wine Thief later on, not too shabby.  One City Henry knows how to party!

posted by: Curious on July 12, 2013  12:43pm

Winner for most hilarious campaign finance entry so far….

Toni Harp, page 13 of 17 in sections P-T, for

“latino presence/endorsement, $450” at the Fair Haven Elderly Apartments.

Straight-up paying people to show up and endorse her.  So awesome.

posted by: Curious on July 12, 2013  12:53pm

Also Harp…

$195 dollars of campaign money to the “Reginald Mayo Retirement Dinner”.

$3,000 for a “rental/lease” to “Whalley Terrace Limited”.  Is that her campaign HQ?  In a supportive housing for the homeless building?

$14,000 paid out to Manhattan-based businesses for political consulting.

posted by: Curious on July 12, 2013  1:05pm

Elicker, $1,370 to Cave A Vin.  I wonder if that’s all wine?  Glub glub!  :)

$1,570 to Farina Consulting of Manchester CT.  Then another $1,988.  Another $3,318. 

About $3,000 to some guy named Robert Fields in Waterbury CT for consulting.

$7,000 for Direct Media Marketing, sounds like mailings and maybe other printing?

posted by: Jonathan Hopkins on July 12, 2013  1:26pm

I just went through Toni Harp’s donations and here is what I’ve learned:

She has a lot of support from the wealthy suburbs or Hartford like Bloomfield, Avon and West Hartford. She has support from the West End neighborhood of Hartford, which is where the Governor’s Mansion is and is comparable to the St. Ronan area in New Haven. She has a lot of support from New Haven’s wealthy suburbs like Branford, Guilford and Orange. She has support from wealthy areas in Westville and East Rock and then a handful of donations from working class streets like Bassett, Beers and Congress.

In conclusion, I can’t take Toni Harp seriously.

posted by: Bill Saunders on July 12, 2013  1:53pm

I would like to thank Toni Harp for the handy, spread-sheet style list of campaign donors.  There are 100 donors from Hartford County.

How many New Haven County residents donate to the Hartford Mayoral Race???

posted by: HhE on July 12, 2013  2:11pm

FacChec, I agree that my analsis was nonsesical.  My meaning was that their seams to be a widely held view that finicial suport is the best ruberic for the success of a campain, and I find that problematic and unreliable.  Add to this, a perception held by many people—including Sen. Harp herself—that she has already won this election.  I sought to counter this with a “vote” count based upon the number of contributors who actually reside in New Haven. 

I do concur with your conclusion “The moral of this story is that: what does it matter where and from who the candidates contributions come from, it’s all legal under city and state and U.S. law.” 

While I do think fund raising is a very problematic predictor of election results (and its use create even more problems for our system), I opine that voters ought to consider the where and who of campain contrabutions, along with many other issues.

posted by: anonymous on July 12, 2013  2:18pm

“Is this the level of modernization we can expect in City Hall if Harp gets into office?”

Considering her press release about the graduation rates, that was totally and completely false…

posted by: Bill Saunders on July 12, 2013  2:25pm

I just recieved a Toni Harp flyer in the mail.

It reads “Being Prepared for the Next Big STORM.”

Since we have a hotly contested Mayoral Election looming, I Initially thought this was campaign propaganda, but, as it turns out, it is emergency preparedness propaganda from our Senated Rep.

Nice way to try and subliminally manipulate the masses while using other ‘income streams’.

posted by: Bill Saunders on July 12, 2013  2:27pm

ps.  I was sweeping up around my house when Harp’s flyer arrived.
As it turns out, it makes a great dust pan.

posted by: SaveOurCity on July 12, 2013  2:53pm

@ Bill Saunders:  Great idea - I’m saving Harp flyer to use in lighting a cigar tonight.  My neighbors have already shredded theirs and used it to line their birdcage. 

If I think a little harder, I can probably come up with some more ways to use this Hartford funded propaganda.

posted by: anonymous on July 12, 2013  3:19pm

One thing is for sure - the Democracy Fund candidates are the “Occupy New Haven” candidates.

The other candidates will have an almost unfathomable debt to pay to suburban, Big Money interests - as they have been doing for decades now, with the city (particularly neighborhoods that Harp calls “traumatizing”) facing severe stagnation as a result.

posted by: robn on July 12, 2013  3:22pm


Does this mean I can go home? (I’m standing on the corner of Orange and Willow in a parka with my snow shovel….dayyyym its hot!)

posted by: HhE on July 12, 2013  3:42pm

My last post has an error.  The offending line ought to read, “I do NOT concur with your conclusion…”

Thanks for the laugh, Bill Saunders.  I did recive a letter asking for a camgpain contrabution.  It started with “Dear Harold,”  Really, we are somehow on a first name basis?  We have never been introduced, you could not pick me out of a line up, you are asking me for money, and addressing me by my given name.  Hello recycling bin.

posted by: Bill Saunders on July 12, 2013  4:23pm

Save Our City,

Plus, it’s recyclable—See Toni IS the Environmental Candidate after all!

posted by: Curious on July 12, 2013  4:31pm

Bill, I think by “the next big STORM” maybe she means the s%$t-storm that we’ll be in for in New Haven when she gets elected?  Or the storm of paid canvassers flooding our streets?  :)

I’ll look for mine tonight.  If it’s there, I will laugh a lot.

I’ve never gotten anything from Harp before, but now that she’s running for mayor, she’s concerned about my safety?  I’m sure the Harpies will say it’s all just coincidence.  HA!

posted by: cedarhillresident! on July 12, 2013  6:27pm

Bill I think I will collect a few from neighbors and rip it in to bits and make another sign with the bits (collage like) that says…I DO NOT VOTE FOR PAY TO PLAY CANDIDATES!

posted by: cedarhillresident! on July 12, 2013  6:31pm

I actually want to see if this is legal?

Paul can we find out what money was used for these flyers? Bill S does it say who paid for them on it?

posted by: cedarhillresident! on July 12, 2013  7:25pm

Curious it’s the flyer is to warn us of a

Harpnado! :)  that will destroy our city.

posted by: Bill Saunders on July 12, 2013  8:17pm


Make sure you single stream that crap! 
Don’t cost the taxpayer’s any more money!

Harpies!—Love it, Curious.  Sometimes the obvious takes time burst into consciousness!

posted by: streever on July 12, 2013  9:28pm

Dear Ms Harp
Line items that read “latino endorsement presence” kind of reveal the whole thing as big money BS.

Thanks for your honesty, though. Please don’t flog the poor intern who foolishly let that bit of honesty through.

This is the nonsense that we expect from a Unite Here candidate—a group largely led by a small group of white upper class individuals with people of color used as endorsement line items in their vast coffers.

No thank you, faux liberals.

posted by: Bill Saunders on July 13, 2013  11:46am


It is not ‘campaign material’, so I don’t think it needs the ‘paid for…’

posted by: Righteous Cyclist on July 13, 2013  9:59pm

Careful Streever,

Those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. Yer boy has been chasing votes too. He’s at every community event of late, even if there’s no photo op. How many times has he paid people to show up to support his cause?

25 years in NH politics can’t be trumped. This system is finally working. Wy change?

posted by: THREEFIFTHS on July 13, 2013  10:47pm

posted by: streever on July 12, 2013 9:28pm

This is the nonsense that we expect from a Unite Here candidate—a group largely led by a small group of white upper class individuals with people of color used as endorsement line items in their vast coffers.

And the democratic party in New Haven has been using people of color for years before unite here.

posted by: Razzie on July 14, 2013  12:17pm

@ Elicker’s East Rock Elites—

One passage sums it up best: “Elicker received 52 donations from people describing themselves as either lawyers or attorneys; 50 donations from professors, mostly at Yale; 81 contributions from retirees; and three donations from a single alderman: Downtown’s Doug Hausladen, who gave a total of $138.”

So that’s your grass-roots movement! A bunch of lawyers (including Mr. Trial Lawyer Stratton), a bunch of Yale professors, and 1 alderman! I’m impressed. But the most impressive contribution f all is from Scott Healy (Is that the voice of CT Republicans investing in the East Rock machine?)

It’s the point the Elicker supporters keep Harping on (pun yes): In the unlikely event that Elicker gets in, “Who is he gonna owe?) ”  Lawyers - Yale professors - and Republicans. No wonder he’s going for the general election when Republicans can count.

posted by: anonymous on July 14, 2013  7:19pm

Razzie, I’m not sure what you have against the 52 lawyers out of the 1,000+ Elicker donors, but it seems misplaced, given that Senator Harp has a far higher proportion of Big Money lawyers among her total number of donors than Elicker does.

In reality, Elicker is far to the left of the Democratic Party Machine on practically every issue. That’s why he (like Carolina) is participating in the Democracy Fund.  As you may know, New Haven is the only community in the entire state that is progressive enough to act on the widely-shared public belief that we need to get Big Money out of politics. 

This year, the State Democratic Party, Senators Harp and Looney, and Governor Malloy have passed legislation to undermine this ideal, so that they can better serve their Big Money masters in advance of the coming elections. They tried to do it in secret - no public event was held - but practically every Connecticut newspaper and progressive leader has denounced their decision.

In the end, the facts speak for themselves. No left-leaning or progressive voter in their right mind would choose Fernandez, or particularly Senator Keno. Both of them will be beholden to huge contractors, pavement lobbyists, and suburban interests.

posted by: accountability on July 14, 2013  9:06pm

Amusing. My day job and election volunteering have thankfully kept me from reading the NHI for a couple of days. It’s fascinating the way the Elickerites freak out at any nuanced discussion of their guy.

I made three points in my post. First that whether a candidate does or does not use the Democracy Fund is largely irrelevant to whether or not s/he should be mayor and that the Elickerites wildly exaggerate the degree to which the Fund makes him a “clean candidate.” His list is chock full of the usual bs that candidates who eschew PAC money but have access to lots of rich people use to raise big dollars. The Stratton family, including a max contribution from an 18-year old girl is the obvious one.

Note the phrase “wildly exaggerate”, which is to say that Elicker has raised more money in large contributions from individuals in New Haven by comparison to others and that does, as my earlier post says give him some marginal advantage in this regard—it’s good that more of his contributions come from New Haven residents.

But the bigger point I made in discussing Curious’s complaint about the failure to subject other candidates to the same zip code analysis as as Elicker’s has been completely missed. Sure, Paul should do the same to every candidate’s list. Bad Paul! Cut the data!

But there are only two possible outcomes.

First, that Harp’s and Fernandez’s New Haven based contributions, however many smaller in number than Elicker’s, come from the same zip code. Second, that they are more evenly spread around the city.

I suspect it will be the former, in which case Justin’s donor base has as much in common with Fernandez and Harp as it does in contrast—fully admitting that the contrast exists.

but the Justin is Galahad crew simply can’t handle that nuance.

posted by: Wikus van de Merwe on July 14, 2013  9:28pm

Chris Healy is the former state GOP chairman, not Scott Healy.

posted by: robn on July 14, 2013  10:09pm


I’d love to see that zip code analysis as well, as long as it includes all out of town donors and as long as its heat mapped for quantity of cash. I foretell a nuclear holocaust of red in the Harp and Fernandez campaign donation maps .....and yes….where cash comes from and in what amount does make a difference (otherwise elections would not have become such a a big business for those profiteers and resume-builders who seem to continually plague the political life of New Haven.

P.S., I’ve been told its “JUSTINIANS”, not Elickerites.

posted by: accountability on July 15, 2013  8:28am

I’m sorry anonymous, but please explain how someone whose only legislative accomplishment was to win the right to go to Hartford and shift the property tax burden from homeowners with high value properties to those with low value properties constitutes someone “far to the left” of anyone?

Notwithstanding that there are people on fixed incomes who were hurt by reval, Justin’s big win on a city wide issue was to get the right to lobby [he failed] to get the General Assembly to phase in the reval, which would have shifted the tax burden down the scale of property values during the course of the phase-in. If regressive tax policy places you the left of the political spectrum, then the left-right spectrum has truly become meaningless.

posted by: streever on July 15, 2013  9:23am

@Righteous Cyclist
If you have evidence of Justin paying anyone for an endorsement—ever—please share it with the classroom.

Attending events and visiting with people isn’t the same as handing money to people.

posted by: William Kurtz on July 15, 2013  9:42am

Righteous Cyclist wrote,

“Yer boy has been chasing votes too. He’s at every community event of late, even if there’s no photo op. How many times has he paid people to show up to support his cause?”

Your point is unclear. Are you suggesting that someone running for office shouldn’t be “chasing votes”?

Is it bad to appear at a community event, and speak with actual voters, even if there’s little or no opportunity for wider exposure in the media?

Your final, begged, question
is intellectually dishonest.

posted by: Righteous Cyclist on July 15, 2013  11:28am

Streever and William Kurtz think they can twist the truth! Only one. Candidate can bring progress to New Haven. We need strong leadership, integrity, a street plan for getting these kids somewhere to be, better spending in OUR community, safer streets, JOBS with protection! And someone who knows how to work with everyone.

Who will YOU vote for, if you care?

posted by: cedarhillresident! on July 15, 2013  12:01pm

Righteous Cyclist

Their can be on one! :)

I am going with the only one that actually has plans! Not one liners and what you want to hear lines.


posted by: Righteous Cyclist on July 15, 2013  12:49pm

When the board of alders won’t unite here behind one of their own, what does that say about who should be leading New Haven?

Talk to Toni. She’s had 25 years to learn how to win people over. She’ll bring you to her side, like she did with me, and like she may well do with the TRUE democrats left opposing her. More endorsements, falling into place like dominos.

posted by: streever on July 15, 2013  1:21pm

@Righteous Cyclist
I will vote for the candidate who got more donations from Toni Harp’s neighborhood than she did ;-)

posted by: Curious on July 15, 2013  1:45pm

Righteous Cyclist, I would love to see your candidate’s plan for cycling and urban transportation improvements. 

Considering your handle, I would assume you support a candidate who has spoken or written about this, and that you know their plan and can share it.


posted by: Righteous Cyclist on July 15, 2013  2:59pm

Toni has done wonderful things for the cycling community. As one of the leading advocates of biking in New Haven county, I celebrate her success. She wrote laws that fine drivers who hit (law abiding) cyclists. That’s real action!

What can anyone else say? Who can measure up? All they can do is tear Toni down. If you have a strong candidate, you shouldn’t need to say anything at all. It’s just spin coming from the other campaigns.

posted by: HhE on July 15, 2013  3:58pm

Righteous Cyclist, since when does going along to get along, represent real leadership?  The BoA had a supper majority, so if someone represents the interests of New Haven residents, it stands to reason they would be at odds with the BoA. 

Your telling people who support Justin Elicker that all they have to say is spin, is not just dismissive, but is an oblique way of saying “shut up.” 

I opine that Sen. Harp’s lack of a actionable platform, and the apparent inability of her supports on the NHI to articulate details of her plan is telling.

posted by: HhE on July 15, 2013  3:59pm

Righteous Cyclist, I will be voting for a candidate who thought long and hard about running for mayor, and not someone who got talked into it over the weekend.

posted by: anonymous on July 15, 2013  5:53pm

Righteous, the law that you mention has failed to pass for several consecutive years, including this year. Not exactly a victory.

posted by: cedarhillresident! on July 15, 2013  7:36pm


I just want to say one of the reasons I support Elicker is because he is NOT A FOLLOWER HE IS A LEADER. When I see some of the things some of these unite alders vote on my heart stops! Why you ask….because they are NOT REPRESENTING THE PEOPLE that they PROMISED to! Because they went behind a closed door…got offered a few crumbs for their communitys. But they could of fixed things and got the whole pie if they stood up and stood strong like Elicker does!

I Support a candidate that has walked into the BoA and SUPPORTED the people by not doing what he was told but people who represent out of towners!...And I am saddend by some of these alders that know in their hearts they have gone down the dark tunnel of deals and it is hard to climb out of it! Saddened indeed.

Or maybe my rose color glasses allow me to still see the New Haven we all dream of! And in that dream deals and corprate ownership of candidates is not part of it!

posted by: Curious on July 15, 2013  10:01pm

Actually that did pass.


posted by: Righteous Cyclist on July 16, 2013  3:11pm

Harp, an affluent and educated WOMAN doesn’t fit the East Rock iphone vegan eco-nut faux-liberal ideas of what progressive democracy looks and sounds like. She’s popular and effective, so she must be corrupt. She’d a carrier politician, so she isn’t qualified to do anything else. She has friends that adore her and support her with money, so she’ll need to repay them with favors. None of that is true.

Jesus tells us to judge not, lest we be judged too.

This election will be decided by the real democrats of New Haven, not those who change heart and revoke support so quickly, like this new independent party funded by the East Rock.