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November 1, 2013

Dems: Sandanato's "shoe-string" campaign being financed by state, county GOP

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Niagara Gazette — The Republican state committee has also circulated mailers questioning the record of endorsed Democrat Charles Walker.

David Laska, the director of communications for the Republican state committee, responded to multiple phone calls seeking comment with this statement in an email.

“The state party has and continues to support all of its candidates at the federal, state, and local level,” Laska said. “We have an extensive local assistance program that supports Republican candidates across the state in an effort to help them win elections. This includes the state party paying for and producing mail in support of their candidacies.”

Sandonato is the lone council candidate without a campaign committee for city council. 

Walker, the four-term Democratic incumbent, is the only active candidate that has not filed all required documents with the state board of elections, filing one of the seven documents required by the state this year.

The mailers list some of Sandonato’s policy platforms, suggest that he will act as a peacemaker on a divided council and tout his Niagara Falls roots with pictures of his parents and grandparents in the Cataract City beside photos of the candidate on the campaign trail.

Sandonato pointed to the clear markings on his mailers identifying the state committee as the source, saying they demonstrate his campaign’s openness about the state support.

“I think we’ve made it pretty transparent that the mailers are coming from the state committee,” he said.

Sandonato said that the committees’ support of his campaign essentially amounts to a marginal difference between he and his opponents in the race for three open seats on the five-member body, as both the Republican and Democratic committees in the city and county offer financial support to their candidates, whether it’s through direct spending or the candidates’ campaign committees.

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