Tuesday, November 01, 2011
Following the Money in Bethlehem's Dirty City Council Race
One person has remained above the fray - City Council President Bob Donchez. It's no surprise that he's the biggest fundraiser, too. He picked up $14,971 over this reporting period, giving him $48,356.43, nearly as much as Ron Angle raised for County Council.
One of Donchez' biggest contributors is a long-time friend, DA John Morganelli. An unusually large number of developers also donated to Donchez, from Boyle Ventures ($500) to Dennis Benner ($500). Broughal & DeVito, which represents Bethlehem's Parking Authority, also kicked in $500.
Donchez only spent $14,107.81, leaving him with a very healthy $34,248.62 in his warchest. Gee, with that kind of money, he could run for another office.
Willie Reynolds did pretty well, too. He raised $8,265 this reporting period, giving him a total of $17,503.64. Broughal & DeVito gave him $485, and another $485 comes from Martin Tower developer Lew Ronca. There are smaller sums from people like Joe Kelly, Bethlehem's DCED Director, and Callahan brother-in-law Dino Cantelmi.
Reynolds spent $15,463.26, leaving him with $10,305.38 for a last-minute push.
Michael Recchuiti raised $8,825 over this reporting period, giving him a total of $12,713. His contributors include people and outfits like Callahan brother-in-law Dino Cantelmi ($100), Broughal & DeVito ($250), Allentown contractor Lee Butz ($250), Bethlehem DCED Director Joe Kelly ($250), Willie Reynolds ($500), IBEW ($500) developer Dennis Benner ($500), developer Abe Atiyeh ($500) and City Line Construction's Tom Williams ($1,000).
Recchiuti has spent most of his money, and is left with $1,035.27.
He's running on his good looks.
But Tom Carroll will take money from anyone, even if it's LC Party Bossman Wayne Woodman ($1,000). Carroll reported raising $17,738.96 this reporting period, with $3,000 coming from Bob Pfenning, a long-time City Hall watcher. Carroll has spent nearly $10,000 leaving him with $8,495.69 for the remaining days.
Bob Pfenning gave another $3,000 to Tony Simao, who raised $8,325.26 this reporting period, giving him $9,810.34 total. Tea Party activist and Lehigh County watchdog Stan Bialecki donated $500 to Tony as well.
Having spent $7,050.07, Tony has $2,760.27 for the final days of this race.