Candidates in the municipal elections in Hoboken and Jersey City were required to report their campaign finances recently, as part of quarterly reports made to the state’s Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC).
In Hoboken, candidate Beth Mason and her slate of three council people have, by far, the most money in the campaign: a total of $270,000.
Her campaign filed two reports: One just for Mason, and one for the entire committee. The funding sheets for Mason alone report contributions totaling $145,000. The sheets for the committee report $125,000, including a $100,000 personal loan from Mason herself.
The fundraising efforts of the tickets of Peter Cammarano and Dawn Zimmer have both registered roughly $50,000 in the past quarter.
The breakdowns of Cammarano’s contributions, which due to technical issues do not display properly on the state website, are divided among numerous smaller contributions to his campaign, the candidate said.
Zimmer, whose contribution breakdowns are clear on the state website, has loaned herself half of the roughly $50,000 total her committee has collected.
As for the independent candidates, they generally are hamstrung by a lack of funding, like Tom Vincent, who only had to sign an affidavit attesting that he received less than $4,000 and not more than $300 from any one contributor.
Independent candidates Ryn Melberg and Frank Orsini have collected roughly $3,000 each.
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