Campaign Finance Reports in Town Board Races Show Incumbents Raised, Spent More

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Kevin Murphy
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Middleton Town Board candidates invested in this year’s election like never before, with incumbent Town Chairman Milo Breunig raising the most money of the three candidates who filed statements by Monday, and incumbent Supervisor Tim Roehl spending the most.

None of the board members up for re-election Tuesday - Bill Kolar, Roehl and Breunig - were opposed last time around, but they now face aggressive challenges from Troy Alton, Cynthia Richson and Greg DiMiceli, respectively.

Breunig, who has been on the board since 1998, said this is the first campaign finance statement he’s ever filed.

“I didn’t expect to have to spend more than $1,000 [the threshold for filing a statement]…but with so much misinformation out there, we’re just trying to get fliers out to stay up with it,” Breunig said.

Breunig and his relatives are among his chief contributors, giving $1,650 to his campaign. Breunig said he didn’t solicit donations from family members but they’ve “always been supportive of each other.”

Breunig’s campaign treasurer, Kevin Mahaney, who also chairs the town’s Finance Committee, gave Breunig $50 as did Mike Stoetzel, who also is a member of the town’s Finance Committee.

Mahaney and Stoetzel each gave Kolar $75 and Roehl received $75 from Mahaney and $50 from Stoetzel.

Bruenig didn’t see any conflict in Mahaney’s role as financial backer, campaign worker, and town finance committee chairman. In fact, Breunig called it a vote of confidence.

As of March 18, which is the last day included in Monday’s campaign finance reports, Breunig had raised $7,295 and spent $3,453 on postage, campaign literature and advertising.

Bruenig’s opponent, Greg DiMiceli, said he mailed his report by Monday’s official deadline but it wasn’t received at town hall as of Tuesday afternoon. DiMiceli told the Times Tribune he raised about $200 from three contributors and loaned his campaign $500. He said he spent $865 on his campaign.

In a prepared statement, DiMiceli called Breunig’s campaign finance totals “simply obscene.” DiMiceli said he knocked on almost 1,000 doors.

Supervisor Tim Roehl raised $4,025, spent $3,784 and had $240 cash on hand Monday.  Roehl contributed $1,700 to his own campaign and loaned an additional $1,000.

All the candidates’ fundraising and campaign spending may continue up until Tuesday’s election. Total not included in this week’s filings must by law be disclosed in the summer.

“In the last campaign, the three of us ran unopposed,” Roehl said. He added, “When I ran against [former supervisor] Gary Whitney [in 2010], I didn’t knock on doors or anything. “

Roehl noted things have changed in 2013, adding that Whitney is now supporting him.

Richson said she spent less than $1,000 on her campaign, and therefore was not required to file a campaign finance report this week.

“I’ve been campaigning since mid February…basically ringing as many doorbells as I can to find out what’s on their minds…and telling them what will happen if the incumbents remain in office.” Richson said.

Kolar raised $2,900 and spent $1,613, with $1,286 cash on hand.

Wayne Rounds, of Twin Valley Farms, gave Kolar $200, of which Kolar returned $100. Rounds is also listed on Kolar’s disbursements for $100 in campaign sign materials as an in-kind offset.

Kolar’s opponent, oral surgeon Troy Alton, didn’t file a report. Efforts to contact Alton before deadline were unsuccessful.

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