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Mayoral candidates unveil campaign finance


City Councilman Jeffrey M. Smith is outstripping his opponent, Mayor Jeffrey E. Graham, in the fundraising game.

But Mr. Graham, who is seeking his fifth term as mayor when city voters go to the polls Nov. 8, said he isn’t bothered by the fact that Mr. Smith has spent about two and a half times more than he has and raised about four times more than he has since the last campaign finance reports came out in July.

“It’s like anything with statistics,” Mr. Graham said. “You can say, ‘So and so is out-raising someone.’ But it’s the timing of events.”

Mr. Graham noted that his campaign kickoff was in April, which wasn’t reflected in the newest batch of campaign finance reports. Mr. Smith’s was in August. Mr. Smith took in nearly $4,000 from individual donors at his Aug. 11 campaign kickoff.

Mr. Graham said his campaign was going according to plan.

“I’m satisfied with the campaign I‘ve run so far,” he said. “I think we’ve done what we’ve been able to do. The sequence of things has been right.”

Mr. Graham took in $1,754 in the reporting period, including a $100 donation from Brian S. McGrath, the Democratic candidate in 2010 in the 122nd Assembly District; $100 from Carolyn D. Fitzpatrick, the Republican chairwoman of the Jefferson County Board of Legislators, and $250 from Anthony P. Foti, the campaign chairman for Matthew A. Doheny’s unsuccessful 2010 congressional bid.

Mr. Graham spent $2,484.81, including $1,125 for ads on the Newzjunky website, and almost $1,300 on postage. He had $114.27 left in his campaign account at the end of the reporting period.

Mr. Smith, meanwhile, raised $7,335. That included a $1,000 loan from himself, the second of its kind in the campaign. Joseph L. Rich, vice president of the Disabled Persons Action Organization board, donated $200. Chuck Lamon, owner of Victory Promotions, is listed as a $500 donor because of a price deduction for campaign lawn signs.

Mr. Smith’s campaign spent a total of $6,856.13 in the reporting period.

That included $1,800 for lawn signs, roughly $1,400 for ads in the Watertown Daily Times, and $1,050 for Newzjunky ads.

At the end of the reporting period, Mr. Smith had $669.53 on hand.

“I’m really focusing on the door-to-door and the individual contact with voters,” Mr. Smith said. “I think everything is going to plan.”

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