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Garcia has raised, spent more money

September 12, 2009
By NATHAN BROWN, Enterprise Staff Writer

Over the course of the race for Essex County district attorney, incumbent Julie Garcia has raised much more money than challenger Kristy Sprague.

However, Sprague ended the last filing period with a bit more money. According to the 11-day pre-primary report, Friends to Re-elect Julie Garcia received $4,840 during the period between Aug. 10 and Aug. 31, spent $4,948.12 and ended with a closing balance of $6,987.50.

Friends to Elect Kristy Sprague raised $1,121, spent nothing and ended with $7,131.25.

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Julie Garcia
(Enterprise file photo — Jessica Collier)

The campaign finance report before that was the 32-day pre-primary report; the one before that, the July periodic report. Adding those two up, Garcia raised $27,854 from January until Aug. 10 and spent $20,797.38, while Sprague raised $9,903.31 and spent $3,893.36.

Both campaigns have received contributions from Essex County supervisors. Over the three filing periods:

-St. Armand town Supervisor Joyce Morency has given Sprague's campaign $175, Newcomb Supervisor George Canon has contributed $250, and Essex town Supervisor and county Republican Chairman Ron Jackson has contributed $400.

-Garcia's campaign has received $50 each from Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava and Ticonderoga Supervisor Robert Dedrick.

All five supervisors are Republicans. Garcia was elected on the Republican line in 2005, but the Republican committee endorsed Sprague this year. Garcia will challenge Sprague in the Republican primary and has also been endorsed by the Democrats.

Sprague's biggest contributors were the Essex County Republican Committee, the Republican Grassroots Club and Special Assistant Public Defender James Martineau, Jr. of AuSable Forks, who each gave her $500. She also got $250 from Ronald Briggs, DA before Garcia and an opponent of hers.

Garcia has a longer list of contributors, the biggest other than herself (she contributed $2,000) being as follows (some of them made multiple contributions of smaller amounts each; these are totals):

-J. Patrick Barrett, of Manlius, $2,500. Barrett is a former state Republican committee chairman. He is also father of:

-Brian Barrett, of Lake Placid, $650. Barrett had previously considered running for DA but decided to bow out, saying he would only run if he didn't think Garcia had a chance.

-The Highway Rehabilitation Corporation, of Brewster, $1,350

-Thomas Garcia, of Elysburg, Pa., $1,000

-Kenneth Carr, of New Milford, Conn., $1,000

-Sandy Treadwell, of Westport, $1,000. Treadwell is a former head of the county and state GOP, a former Republican National Committee member, and ran for Congress in 2008.

-Town and County Bridge and Rail, of Albany, $676

Garcia has received contributions from a number of Democratic and Republican politicians. For example, she has received $200 from Darius Shahinfar, who unsuccessfully ran as a Democrat for the congressional seat Paul Tonko now occupies, and $100 from Shirley Seney, a prominent Lake Placid Republican and former North Elba town supervisor.

Sprague had outstanding loans to her campaign totaling $3,658.24 as of Sept. 1. Garcia's campaign still owed $750, to Saratoga Springs-based Bqe, for consulting, having paid back $4,750.



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