Norwich campaign finance reports filed

Norwich – Republican mayoral candidate Peter Nystrom leads his four opponents in campaign fundraising thus far, but committees financing campaigns for City Council and Board of Education candidates have the most cash available.

Campaign committees and political action committees, including party town committees, were required to file finance reports Tuesday with the state Election Enforcement Commission.

Nystrom and Democratic Mayoral candidate Derell Wilson are raising money for their campaigns, while Libertarian mayoral candidate William Russell and petitioning candidates Jon Oldfield and Joseph Radecki all filed paperwork earlier in the campaign saying they do not plan to raise or spend more than the minimum $1,000 that triggers detailed filing requirements.

Nystrom has raised $7,805 through his Nystrom for Norwich committee, with contributions from individuals ranging from $25 to $1,000. Nystrom has spent $895 thus far.

Wilson has raised $3,276 through his Wilson for Norwich Mayor committee, with individual contributions ranging from $20 to $250. His Oct. 10 report shows expenditures totaling $348, but also listed $2,319 in expenses incurred but not yet paid. Those bills are owed to Democratic campaign consultant company, the Vinci Group of Manchester.

Current Democratic Mayor Deberey Hinchey — who is not seeking re-election — set an unprecedented campaign fundraising bar in 2013, raising and spending more than $66,000, mostly on Vinci Group services.

Wilson and Nystrom do not appear headed for that level of spending this year.

New this year, however, are the two political action committees established by Democrats to support candidates for City Council and school board.

A Clean Slate for Norwich, which supports the six Democratic City Council candidates, has raised $10,426 thus far and has spent $4,155, including just over $3,000 to the Vinci Group. Individual donations ranged from $10 to $500. The committee also received a $2,000 contribution from the Norwich firefighters PAC, representing the city’s paid firefighters.

Achieve Excellence for Norwich Students has raised $3,495 thus far and has spent $2,155. Donations to that PAC ranged from $5 to $500, with school board incumbent candidate Joyce Werden donating $500.

All 12 Democratic council and school board candidates have donated to one or both PACs or to Wilson’s mayoral campaign committee.

The Republican Town Committee is financing its slates of five City Council candidates and five Board of Education candidates. The RTC started the campaign season with $12,816 on hand but received only one $200 individual contribution for the latest reporting period from July 1 through Sept. 30.

The Democratic Town Committee is less active in the fall campaign, showing total funds of $5,466 since January, with no new individual contributions this period, and has spent $3,205 since January.


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