Meriden mayoral candidates’ fundraising in the Oct. 1-27 reporting period:
This period $400$2,260
This period - individuals $200$2,260
This period from PACs $200$0
On hand $1,973$312
Spent this period $4,113$4,061
RightAlign.108 Source: city clerk’s office
MERIDEN — Both mayoral candidates collected only a handful of contributions in the final filing period before the Nov. 5 election. The Republican challenger raised significantly more with his five donations than Democratic incumbent Mayor Michael S. Rohde, who still holds the lead in overall fundraising.
Candidates are required to file reports periodically with the city clerk. The most recent filing period covers Oct. 1 to Oct. 27. The previous filing period covered July 1 to Sept. 30.
Republican Manny Santos, who is cross-endorsed by the We the People Party, raised $2,260 in the most recent filing period. Combined with his previous contributions totaling $4,085, Santos has raised $6,345. Two individual contributions made up most of what was raised in October coming from from Carabetta Cos. principals Joseph and Salvatore Carabetta, who each gave the maximum contribution of $1,000. Santos now has $312 on hand.
“They said that they were concerned with Meriden and that’s why they were contributing,” Santos said of the Carabetta contributions, noting that the Meriden-based organization, which owns rental units throughout Connecticut, is one of the city’s largest taxpayers.
“They own a lot of property and are very concerned with high taxes ... I’m grateful for those because they allowed me to do a few things I otherwise would not have been able to do without scheduling another fundraiser or paid for things myself.”
Carabetta executives contributed to Rohde during the previous filing period.
Rohde raised $200 in individual contributions in the most recent filing period, having raised a total of $585 in individual donations since July 1. He also received $200 from the Meriden Federation of Teachers, which endorsed him, and had received $1,500 from a construction union political action committee in the previous filing period. Rohde now has $1,973 on hand.
“Most of my fundraising happened early,” Rohde said. “I’ve been happy with the response. I’ve got a large list of donors who contributed to me for many years and they tend to be loyal and stay with me.”
Rohde has raised more than $15,500 total, which doesn’t include $6,300 in union PAC contributions he voluntarily returned in early July to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest prior to issuing a veto that preserved a labor agreement for the Platt High School renovation project.
Though Santos had been critical of the funding, Rohde said he was proud to receive contributions from “hardoworking people.”
Rohde spent more than $4,100 in October, with $3,800 of the money used to pay for a mailing. Other expenses included reimbursing the Democratic Town Committee for an advertisement that included the full Democratic slate for mayor and council, in addition to a $90 payment to the Meriden-Wallingford NAACP, which allowed two students to attend the organization’s recent Freedom Fund Dinner.
“I was pleased that I received enough that I could do what I wanted to do for the election,” Rohde said, referring to signs and other advertising.
Santos spent $4,061 during October, $3,828 of which was paid to Macri Signs for large political signs placed around the city. A total of $133 paid for advertisement cards for Santos and supporters to pass out and another $100 paid for an advertisement in an American Legion program.
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