HAWTHORNE, NJ - As Election Day draws nearer--that's Tuesday, November 5--TAPinto Hawthorne offers this glimpse at the campaigns in town from a financial perspective. The information below was obtained through the 29-day filing reports, which indicate the reported activities up to early October. There is another filing date for campaign committees which the campaigns should have submitted their information to with the most recent activity that will be reported on later.
The Hawthorne Republican slate, consisting of JoAnn Fitzsimmons (Ward 1), Rayna Laiosa (Ward 2), Garrett Sinning (Ward 3), and Frank Matthews (Ward 4), began the campaign with $10,000, the total of which was contributed by Mayor Richard Goldberg's campaign account. According to the 29-day report, the candidates spent around $9,500: $4,500 on regular lawn signs, $3,300 on large signs, and $1,500 on campaign literature. As of October 7, when ELEC received their report, the committee had $585 cash-on-hand remaining.
Mayor Goldberg, who is not on the ballot this year, has over $17,000 cash-on-hand in his own re-election campaign account towards his next campaign, should he pursue re-election in 2021, as of his latest September filing. That figure doesn't yet include the $10,000 contribution to the Republican council slate.
The Hawthorne Democratic Organization-backed council slate, which excludes the Ward 2 Democrat candidate, consisting of Joseph Wojtecki (Ward 1), Kimberly Maciejewski (Ward 3), and Jennifer D'Angelo (Ward 4), has raised slightly over $7,000, with $5,000 coming from the Hawthorne Democratic Organization. The committee's biggest expenditure, according to the 29-day pre-report, is $1,100 for tote bags and promotional items, and spent a total of slightly over $2,700. As of October 9, when ELEC received their filing, the four-candidate committee has $4,338 cash-on-hand.
The Hawthorne Democratic Organization started the year with nearly $6,000, and currently has $673 cash-on-hand, after contributing $5,000 to the candidate committee and several other expenditures and contributions, according to the latest report filed in October. The Hawthorne Republican County Committee began the year with $1,866 and currently has cash-on-hand of $1,766, according to the latest report filed in back in July.
Two candidates have their own separate candidate committee funds: Thomas Bushnauskas, the Ward 2 Democratic candidate who defeated the Hawthorne Democrats' candidate in the June primary, filed a form indicating he is spending less than $5,100 during his general election campaign. Craig Cayetano, the Green Party candidate in Ward 3, has also filed the under-$5,100 form.
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