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Thomas MacMillan Photo (Updated with major donor lists.) Mayoral candidate Toni Harp raised a whopping $176,082 in the last two months—and spent it just as fast.

Harp, a state senator, has pulled ahead in the money race, according to the latest campaign finance disclosures in the New Haven mayor’s race.

Tuesday marked the deadline for the latest campaign finance filings. The four mayoral candidates—Kermit Carolina, Justin Elicker, Henry Fernandez, and Harp—are required to disclose who gave to their campaign in the last two months, and how much they gave.

The financial filings offer a chance to assess the relative strength of the campaigns, and whence they’re drawing support. They show the size of the war chests and how they’re being filled.

The last filing deadline was July 10. Click here for an analysis of that data dump.

Harp outpaced Elicker and Carolina by wide margins. She and Fernandez are far closer in the money race.

Elicker raised $30,000 in July and August. Kermit raised only $5,260.

Fernandez, who had raised the most money by July 10, said his campaign has raised a total of $265,361 so far, including donations from before July. The Harp campaign is up to $287,413 in year-to-date donations.


The Harp campaign has been spending money faster than it’s been raising it. During July and August the campaign raised $176,082 and spent $216,253. At the end of the reporting period, her campaign had $33,946 on hand.

Of the money she raised in July and August, $151,832 came from individuals and $22,150 came from committees and businesses. Harp received money from CFD - PAC, AT&T employees organization, the Central CT Carpenters Union, Carpenters Local 43, Sheet Metal Workers Local, Democratic Voices for Change, Prosperity for Connecticut, A Better Connecticut, CT Uniformed Professional Firefighters, CT Council of Police Unions, New Haven Central Labor Council, Yale’s Local 34 and 35, Conn. State Employees Association, Realtor’s PAC, AFSCME Council 40, AFT Connecticut, UNITE HERE, Connecticut Education Association. The largest committee donation came from Washington DC’s Thirty-Ninth Street Strategies, which gave $2,500.

Harp campaign manager Jason Bartlett said the campaign has received 262 donations from New Haveners to date.

Harp said raising more money in the second reporting period than the first indicates that the campaign is gathering steam.

Harp received 700 donations from individuals in July and August

287 from New Haveners, the rest were from out of town. The average individual donation size was $217

The following people donated $370 or more to the campaign:

William C Graustein, 370
L. Christine Laydon, 375
Jeffrey Laydon, 375
Kristy Laydon, 375
Anthony Monaco, 400
Alphonse Paolillo, 400
Michael B Smart, 400
Frank M. Antonacci, 500
Dianibel Aviles, 500
Kenneth/Jane Bartels, 500
David A Beckerman, 500
David Benivegna, 500
Salvatore Brancati, 500
Carmine Capasso, 500
Giuseppe Capasso, 500
Joseph Carbone, 500
Michael A Carrano, 500
Mark Celentano, 500
Jane Coppa, 500
Gerald D Desroches, 500
Mario Di Loreto, 500
Christopher Dickman, 500
William Esposito Jr., 500
Joseph Friedler, 500
Shelley Geballe, 500
Jonathan Gelbwaks, 500
John Gilmore, 500
Glen Greenburg, 500
Benjamin Gross, 500
Robin E Gross, 500
Jordan M Hadelman, 500
Barbara Hennessy, 500
Donald F Houston, 500
Michael P Iannuzzi, 500
George V Keithan, 500
Elizabeth Keyes, 500
Steven Konover, 500
Karen Baldwin Kravetz, 500
Michael Labella, 500
Timothy J Lee, 500
Andrea Lobo, 500
Babette Lubben, 500
Gary Lubben, 500
Steven Mednick, 500
John M Milone, Jr., 500
Alfred J Onorato, 500
Frank Pizzola , 500
Carl Porto, 500
Jennifer Rawlings, 500
Kevin N. Reynolds, 500
Tracey San Angelo, 500
Andrea Scott, 500
Robert Shea, 500
Judith Sheiffele, 500
John Soto, 500
Joseph Spagnoletti, 500
Joseph Sparveri Jr., 500
John Stafstrom, Jr., 500
Theresa VanDerMeade, 500
Albert A Annunziata, 600
R Bartley Halloran, 750
Mark Sklarz, 750
John M Letizia, 800
Jeffrey S Anderson, 1000
Coy Angelo, 1000
Mary Jane Angelo, 1000
Dr. Murali Atluru, 1000
Mark Auger , 1000
Dorie Augur, 1000
John Aversa, 1000
Dominic Balletto, 1000
John Beiner, 1000
Francesco Caico, 1000
Valerio Capobianco, 1000
Tahir Choudhry, 1000
Meir Cohen, 1000
Peter Criscuolo, 1000
Peter DeLuca, 1000
Louis A DeMaio, 1000
Joseph N Desautel, 1000
John E Downes III, 1000
Orest Dubno, 1000
Glenn Elia, 1000
Edward Evans, 1000
Fazlay, Rabbi Fazlay, 1000
Lori A. Forgione, 1000
Tracey Froehlich, 1000
Donald Froehlick, 1000
Ted Gallagher, 1000
Samuel R Haydock, 1000
Barry E Herman, 1000
Nancy Hill, 1000
Lynn Horton, 1000
Dawn Comer Jefferson, 1000
Norman Kaplan, 1000
Shelly Kassen, 1000
John Kelley, 1000
John R Kimberly, 1000
Derek A Kohl, 1000
Elmer Laydon, 1000
Michael P Lech, 1000
John Lomonte, 1000
Edward Marcus, 1000
Jennifer Marks, 1000
Thomas Moran, 1000
Edward J Moriarty, 1000
Matthew Nemerson, 1000
James K O’Brien, 1000
Elizabeth Ober, 1000
Robert Ober, 1000
Barbara L.  Pearce, 1000
John Petry, 1000
Madeline Rivera, 1000
Thomas Romagnoli, 1000
John Rose, 1000
Jason Rudnick, 1000
Patricia Russo, 1000
Dr. & Mrs. Ruwe, 1000
Isabelle J Scalzi, 1000
William C Scalzi, 1000
Richard D. Segal, 1000
Enzo Sella, 1000
Anthony Signor, 1000
Kathleen Signor, 1000
Veronica Smith, 1000
Carolyn N Stanworth, 1000
Gary J. Timura, 1000
Joseph Tiroletto, 1000
Mary Tiroletto, 1000
Bruce Tulgan, 1000
Paul T Wojtowicz, 1000


Carolina, principal of Hillhouse High, is one of two candidates participating in the Democracy Fund, the city’s public campaign financing program. He and Elicker, the other participant, are restricted from taking PAC money and from taking contributions of more than $370. The fund allows them to access grants and matching funds for their campaigns.

The Carolina campaign raised only $5,260 in July and August, putting the candidate in fourth place in the money race. Carolina occupied that position after the July financial disclosures, too. He raised $33,435 by July 10. The money raised in July and August brings the total to about $39,000, not including additional money from the Democracy Fund.

The money Carolina raised in July and August came from 149 donors, 144 of whom live in New Haven. The vast majority came in small donations: 136 of the 144 were in amounts of $25 or less. Only four people contributed $370, the maximum permissible amount for Democracy Fund candidates.

Carolina’s average donation size was $35.

The following people donated the maximum of $370:

David Goldblum
Bruce Carrier
John Nguyen
Norman Bener


The Elicker campaign raised nearly $30,000 in the most recent filing period, according to a release. That brings his total raised to $170,000, including money from the city’s public campaign financing program, the campaign said.

As in the July finance filing, the Elicker campaign touted its high number of New Haven donors Tuesday. The campaign announced that more than 850 New Haveners have given to the campaign, nearly 80 percent of all its donors.

Elicker received 366 donations from individuals in July and August.

302 of those were from New Haveners in Connecticut. One was from a New Havener in New Haven, VT.

He raised a total of $29,254. The average donation size was $80.

The following people donated the maximum of $370:

David Baker, Facilities Manager, Guilford Savings Bank
Paul Bloom, Professor, Yale
Maryanne Cuomo
Robert Doran, Marketing, Self employed
Nicholas Evans, Cogstate, Software Developer
Billie Ladd, School Administrator, Retired
Andrew Metrick, Professor, Yale University
Susan Metrick, homemaker,
Helen Miller, State of CT, MD
Joseph Pastore
David Pinchin, Businessman,
Joseph Raffone, Realtor, Raffone Realty
John Simon, Professor Emeritus of Law, Yale University
Claire Simon, self-employed,
Christopher Udry, Professor, Yale Universtiy
Brooks Walsh
Harvey Weiss, prof, Yale U
James Yu, Yale, Physician


Fernandez received 269 donations from individuals, taking in a total of $86,305 in July and August.

The average donation size was $321.

66 of the donations came from New Haveners.

The following people donated $370 or more:

Vita Raffone, Realty, Self, 370
Paul Sabin, Academic, Yale, 370
Niaz Kasravi, Director of Criminal Justice, NAACP, 375
Sara Johnson, professor, UCSD, 400
Brett Smiley, Owner, CFO Consulting Group, 400
Matthias Strilbysckij, CPA, Marcum LLP, 400
Lane Blumenfeld, Attorney-At-Law, Outside GC LLC, 500
Andy Boas, Attorney, Carl Marks + Co, 500
Carol Boas, RN, N/A, 500
Richard Buery, Nonprofit Management, Children’s Aid Society, 500
Vincent Capasso, Doctor, Connecticut Valley Oral Surgery, 500
Arthur Collins, Political Strategist, The Collins | Johnson group, 500
William Conner, President & CEO, Columbus Association for the Performing Arts, 500
Rachel Germany, Teacher, N/a, 500
William Ginsberg, Philanthropy Executive, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, 500
Winifred Green, Consultant, SCEE, 500
Paul Greenberg, Accountant, Ritch Greenberg & Hassan, 500
Lise Hamilton, Attorney, Self, 500
Henry Hansmann, Professor of Law, Yale Law School, 500
William Heins, Principal, Wm Gray Partners LLC, 500
Wade Henderson, Pres and CEO, Leadership Conference of Civil and Human Rights, 500
Miriam Herman, Business Consultant, Blaqwell, 500
Meredith Hightower, Attorney, ABC, Inc., 500
Sean Joe, Professor, University of Michigan, 500
Joe Jolly, Attorney, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr, 500
Van Jones, Media Commentator, Self, 500
Richard Kaplan, Athletic Trainer, Yale University, 500
Mary Lassen, Managing Director, Center for Community Change, 500
Eliza Leighton, attorney, CASA de Maryland, 500
Giuliana Maravalle, Manufacturer, Self, 500
David Moulton, Owner/President, Goerge Ellis Company, 500
Arthur Nacht, Consultant, Self, 500
Curtis O’Connor, MGR Member, Horizon Benefit Group, 500
Matthew Pinsker, Professor, Dickinson College, 500
Robert Post, Dean, Yale Law School, 500
Jonathan Prete, VP Construction, A. Prete Construction, 500
Stephanie Rideout, Reception, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, 500
Janice Schakowsky, Member of Congress, United States Congress, 500
Virginia Shiller, Clinical Psychologist, Self, 500
Arlene Szczarba, Realtor, Prudential CT, 500
Joshua Wright, Executive Director, Ideas42, 500
Jay Readey, Lawyer, Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, 600
Louis Rubano, Attorney, Lynch, Traub, Keefe & Errante, P.C., 600
Joyce Critelli, n/a, n/a, 750
Michael Critelli, President and CEO, Dossia Service Corp, 750
Richard Ferguson, Retired, Retired, 750
Miriam Gohara, Lawyer, Federal Public Defender, 750
David Newton, Real Estate, Elm Advisors, LLC, 750
Tynesha Swint, Restaurateur, Self, 750
Robin Pressman, Consultant, Self-employed, 775
Scott Quehl, Farmer, Management Advisor, Kaliope, LLC, 800
Dana Adams, Executive Management, Pace Communications, 1000
Beatrice Alexander, Student, Student, 1000
James Alexander, Retired, Retired, 1000
Martha Alexander, Retired, Retired, 1000
Matthew Bavolack, Principal, Marcum LLP, 1000
Michael Bennet, Senator, United States Senate, 1000
Debbie Bisno, Theatre, Self, 1000
Edwin Booth, Retired, Retired, 1000
Alyssa Casden, Mangement Coach, Teach for America, 1000
Laura Clarke, Information Requested, Information Requested, 1000
Mary Corson, Homemaker, None, 1000
Bob Creamer, Consultant, Strategic Consulting Group, 1000
Robert Danial, Self-Employed, Self-Employed, 1000
Lia Epperson, Law professor, American University, 1000
Pat Flynn, Real Estate Exec, self-employed, 1000
Ben Gettinger, Lawyer, Lynch, Traub, Keefe & Errante, P.C., 1000
Elizabeth Gilson, Lawyer, Self, 1000
Vincent Giordano, Construction, Giordano Construction Co., Inc., 1000
Sean Glass, Entrepreneur, Self, 1000
Barbara Goodmaster, N/a, N/a, 1000
Molly Hart, Retired, Retired, 1000
Annie Haynes, Retired, Retired, 1000
Levi Hecht, Real Estate, Pike International, 1000
Sam Hecht, Real Estate, Pike International, 1000
Dani James, Attorney, Kramer Levin, 1000
David Jones Sr, Retired, Retired, 1000
Roger Joyce, Executive Vice President, The Bilco Company, 1000
John Kimberly, Professor, University of Pennsylvania, 1000
Henry Lord, Investor, Self-Emplyed, 1000
Ruth Lord, Retired, Retired, 1000
Colin Meehan, Information Requested, Information Requested, 1000
Michael Meyer, CEO, Transmitive, LLC, 1000
Tina Morriar, Pastor, Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, 1000
Sigmund Morriar, Pastor, Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, 1000
Sharon Oster, Professor, Yale, 1000
Jeanne Pierpaoli, Retired, Retired, 1000
Neil Prete, Exec, A. Prete Construction, 1000
Neil Proto, attorney/of counsel/ occasional adjunct or affiliated professor, Schnader Harrison Segal and Lewis/Georgetown University, 1000
Deneta Sells, Physician, Intown Pediatrics, 1000
Ekaterina Stanilova, Information Requested, Yale New Haven Hospital, 1000
Mary Ann Stewart, Retired, retired, 1000
Marc Suraci, CFO, Suraci Corp, 1000
Eric Ward, Programme Executive, Atlantic Philanthropies, 1000
Shana Waterman, TV exec, FBC, 1000
Regina Winters, Architect, Zared Architecture, 1000

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posted by: anonymous on September 3, 2013  1:04pm

Judging from past elections, the most important figure here is how many city residents have contributed money. 

As of the last filing, Elicker had raised more New Haven contributions than all three of the other candidates, combined.

Looks like that trend hasn’t changed much.

Anyone can write a $1,000 check to Harp or Fernandez, who allow “Big Money” donors, unlike the two Democracy Fund candidates. Just look at the average donation size.

posted by: Indigo on September 3, 2013  1:08pm

Alternate headline: Elicker Maintains Record-Breaking Lead in New Haven Donors.

The news is all in how you spin it. And the number of supporters is more important to this voter than the number of overall dollars raised.

posted by: HhE on September 3, 2013  1:10pm

It is a pity that so many people equate money with democary.  Its nice to have money, but it is not a vote.

posted by: Hieronymous on September 3, 2013  1:14pm

Could this have anything to do with Harp’s pull?

posted by: anonymous on September 3, 2013  1:18pm

I agree, HhE and Indigo.  As of the last filing, over 80% of Harp’s funding had come from outside of New Haven. 

That’s in stark contrast to the Democracy Fund candidates, who get 80% of their money from within New Haven.

Has Harp’s percentage come down since then, or gotten worse?  Having over 80% of your money come from out of town certainly suggests who you will be pulling for as Mayor.

posted by: TheMadcap on September 3, 2013  1:50pm

Money may not be votes, but there is a strong correlation between the candidates with the most money and the candidate who winds up winning. Above anything more money means more people can be hired on election day to canvas and remind people to go vote.

posted by: Webblog1 on September 3, 2013  2:11pm

Madcap’s right on…..

The fact of the matter is that the Democracy Fund only received $200,000 from taxpayers in the 14 budget, added to the previous left over balance from the 2011 campaign, it would not have been enough to fully support the three original candidates attempting to qualify. (Elicker, Carolina, Kiatizulu - spelling).

Secondly, as Madcap correctly points out: “Money may not be votes, but there is a strong correlation between the candidates with the most money and the candidate who winds up winning. Above anything more money means more people can be hired”.

Raising money is the American capitalist way of doing politics, whether you like it or not. If candidates strictly relied on the citizens of New Haven, with their $35K medium income, you would see more fund raising totals akin to Carolina. No pun intended.

While money is not directly related to the number of votes collected, Ct. Politicians and indeed the Senate and congress of the U.S. prove that it is so.

Get over it.. It’s the written, unsaid, rule of politics.

posted by: David S Baker on September 3, 2013  2:49pm

It’s crazy that we think of someone who spends more money per vote as “leading the pack”.  What kind of inverse capitalist hack philosophy is that?!  I want a leader with ideas, morals, and stamina so sound that they earn voters hearts and minds at $5 each, not $20. 

Someone not being purchased by special interest groups would be nice too.

posted by: anonymous on September 3, 2013  3:07pm

Webblog, that is a cynical view. The reason New Haven has a Democracy Fund is because our progressive residents do not appreciate the status quo in which “Big Money” from a handful of elites has control over city and state politics.

This election will be a test.  Most progressive voters will not consider one of the two “Big Money” candidates, but their war chests of $1,000+ checks from out-of-town contractors and outsider groups will certainly buy some votes.

The trend is not great.  At the state level, Malloy (with the help of votes from Harp and Looney) signed a bill this June that severely undermined public finance. 

For the sake of future generations, hopefully the voters will remove Malloy, Harp, Looney and others from office and replace them with leaders who are willing to ensure that ordinary people can have a voice in elections again.

posted by: Razzie on September 3, 2013  3:23pm

@ anon—“Anyone can write a $1,000 check to Harp or Fernandez, who allow “Big Money” donors, unlike the two Democracy Fund candidates.”

So how about the $1,480 contribution that Stratton and his “kids” gave Elicker? Seems to be a violation of the spirit of the DF $370 big money donation ban.

And when he turns around and runs as an Independent in the general election, he can accept big money private financing dollars. Another slick evasion of the DF clean elections financing limits.

posted by: FacChec on September 3, 2013  3:50pm

@anonymous on September 3, 2013 3:07pm

While I respect your opinion and that of others, progressives included, I agree with Web1, the overriding means of fund raising large sums for political campaigns is from political groups, PACs and special interest.
That FAC will not change in this campaign or those in the future. I see nothing cynical about this view.

Nothing prevents you from posing as the bagman and raise a mininum of $370 from hundreds of other progressives.

What does raise an eyebrow however that is:

“The Harp campaign has been spending money faster than it’s been raising it. During July and August the campaign raised $176,082 and spent $216,253. At the end of the reporting period, her campaign had $33,946 on hand”.

Also, eye rising is the fact:

“As in the July finance filing, the Elicker campaign touted its high number of New Haven donors Tuesday. The campaign announced that more than 850 New Heavener’s have given to the campaign, nearly 80 percent of all its donors”. That’s impressive, but the name of the game is Raising $Cash, which provides the candidate options. Certainly so in Carolina’s case.

posted by: Threefifths on September 3, 2013  3:59pm

You all forgot the other fact.In order for any of them to win they must get over Fifty percent of the vote.

posted by: TheMadcap on September 3, 2013  4:00pm

I fail to see what the point is about the $1,480 contribution, if anything it reaffirms the differences between the campaigns. If Elicker wasn’t taking part in public finance, those contributions would probably total $4,000 instead of $1,480

posted by: FacChec on September 3, 2013  4:42pm

Three Fives:

Conceivably, with four candidates in the race, one could win with 26% of the vote.
The charter does not provide for a fifty % majority, nor does it provide for a run-off.

It is not expected however to see four candidates receive a least 25% of the vote.

I expect the breakdown to be 40% 28% 23% 9%.

posted by: TheMadcap on September 3, 2013  5:03pm

Well, once again despite far fewer donations, Elicker actually has the most donations from New Haven itself.(good god Fernandez only has 66 from the city, at least Harp managed to pull off 280 from the city)

posted by: William Kurtz on September 3, 2013  5:10pm

1) I’m curious about why the professions of Senator Harp’s big-money buyers—I mean donors—aren’t listed, as they are for the other candidates.

2) It’s cynical, yes, but also true that a candidate with the biggest pile of cash typically enjoys an advantage. But it’s also undeniable that the candidates with the most votes on Election Day win their races. In this race, at least, Mr. Elicker enjoys a substantial lead.

posted by: Wooster Squared on September 3, 2013  5:25pm

I’d like to echo William Kurtz’s comment. Why aren’t the employers or businesses associated with Harp’s donors listed?

For instance, I notice a number of very large donations from various members of the Laydon family, who live in suburban Woodbridge and enjoy a large number of lucrative construction contracts with the City.

I see a number of real estate attorneys on there as well.

[Ed.: The lists in the article are based on spreadsheets of donations that the campaigns voluntarily submitted to the Independent. The Harp and Carolina campaigns didn’t include job positions on the spreadsheets they prepared for us. Donors’ job titles are included in their full campaign filings.]

posted by: UBHolden on September 3, 2013  5:29pm

Isn’t the real story here that Henry is dead last in donations from New Haven residents?  I think Kermit has more NH donations than he does based on your figures. What does that tell us?  Too bad all those folks giving him oney can’t vote in New Haven. Maybe Danny Glover can draw them out for the election?

posted by: HewNaven on September 3, 2013  5:31pm

While money is not directly related to the number of votes collected, Ct. Politicians and indeed the Senate and congress of the U.S. prove that it is so.

Get over it.. It’s the written, unsaid, rule of politics.

Why bother to change anything then? If it were not for political reform, what kind of system would we have? The Democracy Fund is an attempt to get corrupt money out of the mayoral race so I applaud those who participate (Elicker, Carolina), and I dismiss those who do not (Harp, Fernandez). If it were not for those with big money buying elections, we might have a more authentic electoral process. What is wrong with that?

posted by: Bill Saunders on September 3, 2013  5:46pm

My question was “What the hell is Harp spending all this money on?”, when a walk down the street answered my question.

The New Campaign Signs are Here!
The New Campaign Signs are Here!
(yes that was an allusion to the movie, The Jerk)

If anyone noticed the previous signage, it appears to be a hack job—there is no bottom border on the sign, making it look like it was split out of a larger master (cost -cutting), and then stapled together back to back.

But more importantly, there is no line saying ‘paid for by’ or a website address or anything else giving transparency to the funding source of these signs.

I believe these old signs to be patently illegal.

Bad signage = Hefty Fine-age.

posted by: Dwightstreeter on September 3, 2013  6:17pm

Just two words in response to those who equate big money with winning:
Linda McMahon.

posted by: FacChec on September 3, 2013  6:24pm

You said: Why bother to change anything then? If it were not for political reform, what kind of system would we have?

Please read here:

posted by: Edward Whalley, H.C.J. on September 3, 2013  6:29pm


Although Elicker will not be legally bound by the Democracy Fund limits, the campaign has pledged to abide by the same rules and same caps when running in the general election.

posted by: Bethe on September 3, 2013  6:48pm

What is the interest of at least seven surgeons from COS in Senator Harp’s campaign? They all donated $500-1000. Do any of them live in New Haven?

posted by: cedarhillresident! on September 3, 2013  7:23pm

Please Bill, they (harp) keep putting the signs on the curb strip and in public spaces and have yet to be fined? ANd it is more about how SHITTY they make our city look when they are on the curb strip and public spaces that I really have issue with. It looks more like litter. That is why they have the law and the fine. Someone is not doing there job! Go downtown drive down elm! Tell me that does not look like crap!

posted by: NHV Greenie on September 3, 2013  7:58pm

Let’s not forget the recent past when Linda McMahon spent a huge sum on her campaign and lost. 

Money helps, but there are a lot of intelligent, discriminating voters paying close attention lately.  Next week’s primary results will be very interesting.

posted by: Threefifths on September 3, 2013  8:46pm

Harp & Fernandez= For the love of money - O’ jays Full Version

posted by: Hieronymous on September 3, 2013  11:11pm

Hey FacChec (at 3:50), regarding the following: “While I respect your opinion and that of others, progressives included, I agree with Web1 . . . “

Aren’t *you* Webblog1? (I’m recalling the following post from a few months ago: )


posted by: Webblog1 on May 31, 2013 7:08pm


I looked up the word Moniker, the dictionary describes it as:
mon·i·ker or mon·ick·er (mn-kr)
n. Slang
A personal name or nickname. So I’m not clear why or how my handle FacChec used as you say, as a correction, is “Kind of weird”.


Since then, I’ve found it amusing when both FacCheck and Webblog1 comment in the same page, as they often have “each other’s” backs. If I’m mistaken, my apologies; maybe you guys just use the same computer.

(You shouldn’t feel the need to respond, by the way, I’m just curious is all…)

posted by: NewHavenTaxTooHigh on September 3, 2013  11:25pm

“Mayoral candidate Toni Harp raised a whopping $176,082 in the last two months—and spent it just as fast.” If she gets elected she’ll spend it just as fast!

posted by: Noteworthy on September 4, 2013  5:39am

As we consider this important decision - voters should consider who supports these candidates, where they live, how much they give, and whether they have contracts with the city - like Laydon.

They should also consider evasive answers to troubling questions raised by bloggers:

posted by: HhE on September 4, 2013  7:41am

Webblog1, I will not get over it.  Money as democracy is corrupting rot.  If money raised is to be offices won, why not turn to an aristocracy, and be done with it?  Or we could implement a hefty poll tax; only the well healed who care to spend such amounts could vote, with elections as an earner for The State, instead of a cost of representation.

posted by: William Kurtz on September 4, 2013  8:00am

“The New Campaign Signs are Here!
The New Campaign Signs are Here!”

And on that note, I also wonder about the placement of signs. There are veritable orchards of them popping up on public land, like the block of Elm between Orange and State Monday, during the race; and the little triangular median area at Howard and Kimberly among other places. What are the rules for posting campaign signs on public property? Senator Harp’s campaign seems to be the only one doing this.

posted by: Citizen X on September 4, 2013  8:05am

I went to a debate where Fernandez attacked Elicker for being in the City for just six years. Yet Elicker (and Harp) have five times more donors from the City than Fernandez?

Danny Glover ain’t getting it done here in the Elm City.

posted by: westville man on September 4, 2013  8:45am

Facchec-  I think 3/5ths point was that without a clear winner (over 50%), there will be a dog fight come november. If Harp gets 30% of the votes and “wins” next week,  whomever finishes 2nd (esp if its Kerm or Elicker) will have an excellent shot in the general due to independents & Repub voting as well.

posted by: TheMadcap on September 4, 2013  10:17am

The McMahon comparison isn’t really apt. McMahon by virtue of having an (R) next to her name was by far the underdog. In this race, the candidate who is the frontrunner politically is also the frontrunner monetarily.

posted by: Scot on September 4, 2013  10:40am

Harp is a puppet for special interests and big businesses.  She will do whatever they want so that they endorse her, contribute to her campaign, and (for those that actually live in the city) vote for her.  Damned what’s best for the city’s future or the vast majority of residents/taxpayers. These donations are CLEAR evidence of that!  Wake up people.

posted by: Threefifths on September 4, 2013  10:45am

Proverbs 22:7 The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender.

posted by: Threefifths on September 4, 2013  10:47am

posted by: westville man on September 4, 2013 8:45am
Facchec-  I think 3/5ths point was that without a clear winner (over 50%), there will be a dog fight come november. If Harp gets 30% of the votes and “wins” next week,  whomever finishes 2nd (esp if its Kerm or Elicker) will have an excellent shot in the general due to independents & Repub voting as well.

Correct.In fact that how karkes almost beat king John.

posted by: New Haven Taxpayer on September 4, 2013  1:25pm

@ Editor
If Hieronymous is correct and ‘webllog 1’ and ‘FacChec’ are the same person, isn’t that a violation of your rules for posting?
Anyway for you to verify that?

posted by: DrHunterSThompson on September 4, 2013  1:32pm

If not Elicker, money badly spent.


posted by: Art Vandelay on September 4, 2013  8:17pm

Toni Harp as Co-Chairman of the Appropriations Committee certainly knew how to pick people’s pockets, and spend money.  She’ll just continue her ways when she gets to the Mayor’s Office in New Haven.

posted by: nh104 on September 7, 2013  6:35pm

From what I can gather… And I could be wrong but…

-campaign signage is only allowed on private property with the owners approval.  Utility poles, mailboxes, newspaper boxes, ect…

-Signage is not allowed on public land without proir approval from the city. This includes the strip of land that is between the sidewalk and street, parks, ect..

-Signage is not allowed within the 75 foot radius of an election location.

Either the city or private owners have the right to remove signage from their property without contest.

posted by: Alex Jermaine on September 8, 2013  4:22pm

It’s not surprising that Toni Harp a 21year state senator is criticizing New Haven’s modest attempt to ameliorate the effects of money on our ailing “democracy.” Our current system that for all practical purposes puts politicians and political favors up for sale to the largest campaign “donors” heavily favors incumbents since the wealthy and well organized aren’t supporting a candidate they’re purchasing power so large contributors give the lion share of their contributions to incumbents. 

These privately placed politicians are knowingly or unknowingly biased and attempt to convince others and even themselves that they are unaffected by such contributions. Once a seat at the table has been purchased for these politicians they work diligently for those who purchased that seat as their appetite for power grows insatiable they increasingly rely on the small (in)vested interest that bought their way into what has become an all-you-can-spend or an all-the-voters-can-stand pork buffet bought at the public’s expense. Our tax dollars are consistently routed to reward the few largest bidders with an obscene return on their “donations,” and these so called donors no better than anyone that a politician is the safest, most profitable investment that can be made in any market conditions.

Our current campaign finance system exacerbates inequalities in our economic system, and takes decision-making power out of the hands of voters and places it in the pockets of the wealthy. Take a look at a few of the perversities our current campaign finance system yields like multi-national fossil fuel companies that continue to get tax subsidies, and new permits for fracking despite the well documented environmental devastation like drinking water so full of methane that people living nearby have flammable tap water; the biggest banks which continue to receive 85bn per month in bailout money (quantitative easing); despite making record profits and paying out record bonuses to the same pe

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