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Oct 30, 2009 12:01 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Throne-Holst outraised Kabot in election campaign, though supervisor outspent her challenger

Oct 30, 2009 12:01 PM

Southampton Town Board member Anna Throne-Holst, the Democratic candidate seeking to unseat Town Supervisor Linda Kabot on November 3, has raised slightly more money than the Republican incumbent, though Ms. Kabot has spent about 25 percent more than her challenger, according to the latest data provided to the New York State Board of Elections.

Town Board member Chris Nuzzi, a one-term Republican looking to win his first reelection campaign, actually raised more money than the sitting supervisor over the past year, and more than double the amount raised by his closest opponent, fellow incumbent Sally Pope, a Democrat, according to the statistics.

Between December 1, 2008, and October 19, 2009—the latter being the cut-off date for the 11-day pre-general campaign finance disclosure filing for the New York State Board of Elections—Ms. Throne-Holst collected $59,510.10 in campaign donations, while Ms. Kabot received $52,121 in donations.

At the same time, Ms. Kabot spent $60,162.88 on her reelection campaign, according to BOE documentation, while Ms. Throne-Holst has spent $46,366.44 over the same span. Ms. Kabot’s campaign fund is not operating at a deficit because the latest data does not include money that was previously raised by her campaign.

In the Town Board races, Mr. Nuzzi’s campaign pulled in $55,435 in donations between December 1, 2008, and October 19, 2009, while, at the same time, spending $67,487.81, according to records. Ms. Pope raised $23,532.50 in contributions over the same span while spending $15,779.85. Jim Malone, the Republican challenger for the Town Board, raised $20,613.48 and spent $1,030, while Bridget Fleming, the Democratic challenger, pulled in $14,570.25 in donations while spending $9,103.49 on her campaign.

The 11-day filings for all the town candidates were due this past Friday, October 23, and were made available on Tuesday, October 27. Candidates and political committees have to file twice more this year: 24 hours before Election Day, November 3, and 27 days afterward.

Eric Cohen, the treasurer for Ms. Throne-Holst’s campaign, called Anna Throne-Holst for Supervisor, failed to file the 32-day pre-general filing with the New York State BOE on time. The expenses and contributions were due on October 2 but were not filed until last Thursday, October 22. Mr. Cohen said this week that he delayed filing the records because he wanted to find and include some missing donor addresses. “It was my responsibility, not Anna’s,” he said of missing the deadline.

Campaign treasurers who fail to file campaign financial disclosure forms on time can face up to a $500 fine per offense, said John Conklin, a spokesman for the New York State Board of Elections. It is not clear if Mr. Cohen will be forced to pay a penalty.

A closer look at the campaign donations reveals that individuals contributed to Ms. Throne-Holst’s campaign more times and in larger amounts than they did for Ms. Kabot’s reelection campaign. Supporters made 200 donations to Ms. Throne-Holst’s campaign, some more than once, and dumped $43,710.10 into her war chest.

Seven people contributed $1,800, close to the maximum amount allowed, between August and October, and five of those donors do not live in Southampton Town. One of the remaining donors did not list a home address, while the seventh person to make such a large donation was Southampton resident Dorothy Lichtenstein, widow of the artist Roy Lichtenstein.

Campaign contribution limits vary from town to town and are calculated by taking the number of registered voters and multiplying that figure by a nickel. Since there are 37,587 registered voters in Southampton Town, individuals can contribute a maximum of $1,879 to a candidate. Family members can contribute more than individuals; in Southampton Town, that limit is about $9,400.

Ms. Kabot received more than half of her donations from private individuals who donated 193 times and contributed $32,422 to her campaign war chest. Ms. Kabot received more contributions from businesses than her challenger: 73 donations, for a grand total of $13,175. Ms. Throne-Holst’s campaign received $9,700 in donations from 23 businesses.

With the exception of unitemized items, which come from things like Chinese auctions, most of the contributions made to Ms. Kabot’s campaign totaled $500 or less. Four individuals, two businesses and one political action committee each donated $1,000. Companies and businesses can contribute a total of $5,000 to all campaigns and candidates each year. Political action committees are held to the same restrictions as individuals and can donate up to $1,879 in Southampton Town.

Ms. Throne-Holst received $2,300 from the Southampton Town Patrolman’s Benevolent Association, which is an incorporated business, said PBA President Pat Aube. The money that goes to election campaigns come from the PBA’s political action committee fund.

The Southampton PBA donated that amount to Ms. Throne-Holst because its members believe that Ms. Kabot, who received $75 from the organization last December, was not taking Southampton Town in the right direction. “Maybe Anna can make a difference,” Mr. Aube said.

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I checked the campaign filings for some of the candidates mentioned in the article. I was a little curious how someone could spend more than they raised. What I found out was that the figures used in the article above are for the election cycle, but does not incude the money raised three and four years ago, after the last election. For example, Mr. Nuzzi had like $40,000 in his campaign fund going into the election cycle. He raised another $55,000 over the last two years so he had like over ...more
By eastend09 (43), east hampton on Oct 30, 09 5:18 PM
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"The PBA’s support of Ms. Kabot went by the wayside in the summer of 2008, when she suggested that some of the town’s most senior police officers accept early retirement to help close the town’s multimillion-dollar budget deficit in that department’s budget."
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It is most unhelpful to the public's ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Oct 30, 09 7:57 PM
Now Anna needs to better manage the remaining responsibilities of her campaign (like ensure that reports are filed on time) and reassure voters in these closing hours she can be an able manager of the Town.

By JimmyKBond (156), Hampton Bays on Oct 31, 09 6:33 PM
Anna Throne-Holst has masters in public administration from Columbia University. Kabot has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and learned public administration under Vince and Skip.
ATH has my vote
By SHNative (554), Southampton on Oct 31, 09 9:57 PM
i have a masters in public administration too! maybe i should be supervisor
By ridiculous (214), hampton bays on Nov 1, 09 4:20 PM
Don't forget Anna's undergraduate degree was from American University. Excellent academic credentials.
By EQme (112), East Quogue on Nov 2, 09 10:21 AM
shnative
That 13 point plan from ATH shows how much that degree in public administration has helped her.
By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Oct 31, 09 10:15 PM
And LK has what plan??? "I've worked tirelessly"...(selecting new carpeting, new decor for the private bathroom in my office, slate roof shingles,spending, spending spending...not to mention signing those checks for my personal staff of four.) Whew! Is that tiring!!
By EQme (112), East Quogue on Nov 2, 09 10:27 AM
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Ignorance is bliss

what private bathrooms?
Anna has new carpet too
what slate roof? its imitation slate.
What spending? shes cut 5 million out of the budget

what has ath cut?
By ridiculous (214), hampton bays on Nov 2, 09 10:52 AM
I believe it's the SUPERVISOR'S job, not the council, to propose and manage the budget. That's why they call it supervisor. So it's totally disingenuous to ask what ATH or Nuzzi or anyone else has cut from the budget. They don't have the power to do it.

A better question might be: where would we be today if ATH hadn't at least asked questions about the town finances - Kabot and her Klowns would probably still be out there claiming we had a surplus.
By littleplains (305), olde england on Nov 2, 09 1:07 PM
No its not disingenious. each board member has liasonships with various departments. thaey discuss and offer where cuts can be made. the supervisor composes the tentative budget after she meets with everyone. the ENTIRE board then offers amendments where to not cut certain things or to further cut certain things within departments.

Just like when ath cut the vet tech position last year and boasted how spending needs to be curtialed in the shelter.

so what cuts has she offered ...more
By ridiculous (214), hampton bays on Nov 2, 09 4:08 PM
Golf buddy, Re Anna Throne-Holst

Prior to being elected to the Southampton Town Board, Anna served as the executive director of the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreational Center from 1999 – 2004, where she was responsible for all areas of administration including budget planning and oversight, program development, staff development, and fundraising.

Anna is also a co-founder of the Hayground School in Bridgehampton where she worked with a core group of educators to conceptualize, ...more
By number19 (111), Westhampton on Nov 1, 09 7:29 AM
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ATH's 13 point plan had a great many wishy-washy verbs scattered throughout the plan. She promises to analyze, review, assemble and develop but achingly few specifics. She never mentioned anything about the police dept defictis or the 2010 budget. ATH has very little past experience to run our town.
How does one become a co-founder of a private school?
Years ago Ms. Throne-Holst AKA Anna Gerschman and her estranged husband raised $1.2 million dollars at a private fundraiser at their ...more
By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Nov 1, 09 9:37 PM
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Thank you for this information. Anna has so much more educaton and life experience to bring to Town Hall than the incumbent, who hasn't been anywhere or done anything to "broaden her horizons", so to speak.
That alone says a lot about a person's drive and goals. Time for a fresh new approach to SH government!
By EQme (112), East Quogue on Nov 2, 09 10:20 AM
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OOOHHH, Golfbuddy, you're treading on thin ice when you start with LK tactics,bringing family members into your arguments. (Idiotic ones at that). Remember that Anna took the high road and never used Linda's drunken driving arrest as an issue in the campaign. Not once. I doubt we want to start bring Mr. Kabot and his trials and tribulations into this. Let's stick to the candidates and their platfoms.
By EQme (112), East Quogue on Nov 2, 09 10:31 AM
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until her radio ad this week balsting the dwi
By ridiculous (214), hampton bays on Nov 2, 09 10:53 AM
Anna flapped that 13-point plan in the air at a debate, but did not read from it or offer copies to the public. Maybe she didn't want to give us to much time before Election Day to realize that it was empty.
By SusieD (115), Southampton on Nov 1, 09 1:19 PM
...too much time...
By SusieD (115), Southampton on Nov 1, 09 1:21 PM
ATH knew that the finances in the town were not right from the start. Kabot was in town hall for years working in the GOP machine and did not recognize any financial problems...even when she was elected supervisor. I suppose that it is not her fault that she does not have the chops for the job.
Anna has my vote!
By SHNative (554), Southampton on Nov 1, 09 7:58 PM
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i guess that goes for kenny suskind and zenk. looks like it got past everyone
By ridiculous (214), hampton bays on Nov 2, 09 10:57 AM
Number 19
ATH's 13 point plan had a great many wishy-washy verbs scattered throughout the plan. She promises to analyze, review, assemble and develop but achingly few specifics. She never mentioned anything about the police dept defictis or the 2010 budget. ATH has very little past experience to run our town.
How does one become a co-founder of a private school?
Years ago Ms. Throne-Holst AKA Anna Gerschman and her estranged husband raised $1.2 million dollars at a private fundraiser ...more
By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Nov 2, 09 8:12 AM
Hey Golfbuddy

Re:Your Wishy/washy verbs are others action vebs.If you speak to people who write policies and procedures for a living, they'll probably tell you that you start the procedure writing with a verb. so not surprised that Anna's using verbs to describe a process that needs to be fixed.

Look, Southampton Town is an $80,000,000 enterprise and, according to Richard Blowes in July '08 they never measured actual expenditures vs budgeted expenditures via a variance analysis ...more
By number19 (111), Westhampton on Nov 2, 09 10:20 AM
maybe I'm wrong....but according to this article, kabot's contributions are $52K, but her expenses are $60K..... throne-holst's contributions are $59K and her expenses are $46K.... so, kabot spent more than she took in...and throne-holst spent less than she took in.... pretty clear example of fiscal responsibility
By Tim Tanuka (38), Southampton on Nov 2, 09 12:36 PM
Once you have a political fund set up from the first time you run for office, you can use the same fund for all your campaigns. LK has run for office on prior occasions which means she has campaign money left over from previous campaigns.

if you read the article you would see that
By ridiculous (214), hampton bays on Nov 2, 09 4:11 PM
Now I've seen it all. Golfbuddy claims that ATH has a problem getting along with others? How about these tidbits involving Kabot:

* Lost her own party's endorsement
* Got a DWI bust and now claims it's a police conspiracy
* Misplaced over $10mm and didn't even realize it until others prodded her - then blamed it all on predecessors and others
* Had a public run-in with a councilperson (and her political rival) remove her dog from a building
* Presided over a meeting in ...more
By littleplains (305), olde england on Nov 2, 09 1:16 PM
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Golfbuddy won't listen.
By fcmcmann (417), Hampton Bays on Nov 2, 09 1:54 PM
Its over tomorrow:

ATH - 62%
LK - 38%
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Nov 2, 09 1:43 PM
Just curious as to how and/or why this article from the 30th suddenly reappears on the homepage of 27 East today?
By fcmcmann (417), Hampton Bays on Nov 2, 09 1:55 PM
Tim I'm not surprised that you only report part of what was stated in the article.
Ms. Kabot’s campaign fund is not operating at a deficit because the latest data does not include money that was previously raised by her campaign.

I don't usually like to reply to littleplains, I and other usually just pass over her comments. But here it goes.
1. LK is running on the Republican Line.
2. Many people believe it was a set up, why would the police edit out 4.5 minutes of video ...more
By golfbuddy (180), hampton bays on Nov 2, 09 2:05 PM
You clearly have issues with Anna because she is intelligent, well-spoken, and articulate. You like Linda because she is not. Again, the anti-intellectual republican mindset is really disturbing. Do you imagine that it is easy to start a school? Do you imagine that it is easy to be a single mother? "Elitist" is a term used by those with an inferiority complex and says much more about the person making the accusation that it does about the accused. Linda is brash, incurious, rude, and irresponsible ...more
By fcmcmann (417), Hampton Bays on Nov 2, 09 7:30 PM
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"Kabot's Kampaign is not running at a deficit" - maybe it's just another case of her not being able to count the money?

1. here is a link to read an article about Linda's own combative, divisive fights within her own party. You better believe we all read it: http://www.27east.com/story_detail.cfm?id=198293

Of course, Linda was able to make a backroom deal to "straighten it all out"... but backroom deals are her specialty, right?

2. "Many people believe it was a setup.." ...more
By littleplains (305), olde england on Nov 2, 09 2:37 PM
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Can you read littleplains?

"Ms. Kabot’s campaign fund is not operating at a deficit because the latest data does not include money that was previously raised by her campaign."
By ridiculous (214), hampton bays on Nov 2, 09 4:13 PM
littleplains:
Past comptroller cooked the books... ah yes... of course... it was a rogue comptroller and Linda had no knowledge of anything even though she was the right hand deputy of the supervisor at the time. of course! And how would you or anyone know what the auditors uncovered - Linda has refused to show the report to anyone or even consider criminal charges... because she'd probably have liability herself. or certainly her cronies.
she was a councilperson at the time who was not ...more
By ridiculous (214), hampton bays on Nov 2, 09 4:20 PM
Ahhh just think... in 2 days we wont have to debate this anymore.
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Nov 2, 09 4:45 PM
and everything was heaney's fault and anna throne-holst is responsible for the dwi....and d.b.cooper is somewhere in balivia with all that money from the capital budget ....
By Tim Tanuka (38), Southampton on Nov 2, 09 7:35 PM
Perfect ending to the story of LK in Wonderland.
Hope she had a good trip.
By EQme (112), East Quogue on Nov 3, 09 9:11 AM