Niagara Gazette — Dr. Charles Dewald believes campaign contributions improve the quality of the election process, giving qualified candidates the resources they need to reach voters.
While a lot of business owners like Dewald feel the same way, his firm has a unique distinction.
Since the 1980s, Dewald’s company — NTS Data Services of Niagara Falls — has been providing software and various services to the Niagara County Board of Elections.
Records on file with the New York State Board of Elections show that since 2006 NTS has contributed nearly $50,000 to various candidates and political parties in Niagara and Erie counties.
Dewald defends the practice, insisting his firm’s campaign contributions have in no way enhanced his company’s standing with local officials or compromised the integrity of the election process itself.
He also correctly notes that many of the political leaders his firm has supported in recent years would tell anyone who asked the exact same thing.
“If you talk to the commissioners and you talk to the party chairmen, you would find that they trust us implicitly,” Dewald said. “Why? Because we earned their trust.”
As Dewald predicted, both of the county’s election board commissioners as well as several elected officials and political party leaders who have received donations from the company in recent years said NTS has provided nothing less than top-notch service to the community.
“As a vendor, they are excellent,” Republican Elections Commissioner Mary Ann Casemento said.
Dewald said his firm does not receive any special attention for its donations, nor he said is NTS in a position to do any favors for any candidates, on its contribution list or otherwise.
“The only favor we do for Niagara County is we do an excellent job,” Dewald said. “That’s the only political favor we do. We do wonderful work.”