The campaign for the Republican candidate for New Canaan’s highest elected office has outspent its Democratic opponent by more than 15 times, according to the most recent data available through financial disclosure filings.
First selectman candidate Kevin Moynihan’s campaign committee had garnered expenses totaling $29,966.29 through Sept. 30, according to his financial disclosure statement, compared to $1,920.13 for Kit Devereaux’s campaign.
Moynihan’s campaign also had raised $35,980 in contributions from individuals through Sept. 30 through compared to $9,310 for Devereaux’s. The two organizations raised roughly the same amount during the third quarter: $7,400 for Moynihan and $7,360 for Devereaux.
Here’s a breakdown of each campaign’s financial disclosure statements:
Financial Disclosures: New Canaan First Selectman Candidates*
|Kit Devereaux||Kevin Moynihan|
|Contributions from individuals||$9,310||$35,980|
|Balance at close of period||$7,419.87||$6,016.87|
*through Sept. 30, 2017
The larger line items among Moynihan’s expenses for the three-month period starting July 1 include $2,051.57 for advertising paid to Jason Perillo, a state representative from Shelton and president of Shelton-based Plumb Strategies, a public relations and political campaign consulting firm. The committee also paid $2,000 to campaign manager MacLean Wright, in consulting fees, during the third quarter, according to the disclosure statements. The Moynihan campaign also paid $7,033.75 for the period on Hersam Acorn Newspapers Network advertising, as well as for advertising in newspapers and online. It also paid $1,819.35 to a Redding-based marketing consultancy called Taylored Business Solutions and $1,184.68 to Stratford-based Premier Graphics.
The single-largest expense item in the third quarter for the “Kit For First” campaign supporting Devereaux was $675 with Stamford-based Newshound LLC for online advertising on NewCanaanite.com, followed by $350 for food and beverages at a local campaign event, according to the disclosure statements.
The campaign for Devereaux also spent $165.77 for yard signs; a line item for the Moynihan campaign includes $1,897.66 for yard and other signs, a banner, bumper magnets and stickers, and an additional $1,263.34 for bumper magnets. Moynihan for the three-month period ended Sept. 30 had spent $21,273.91 compared to $1,920.13 for Devereaux.
Devereaux and Moynihan debated at a League of Women Voters-run forum on Monday night.
In New Canaan, where registered Republicans outnumber Democrats more than 2-to-1, the local Republican Town Committee also out-fundraised (by roughly the same ratio as the electorate) and outspent the Democratic Town Committee (by a nearly 7-to-1 ratio). The local political committees support party-backed candidates.
Here’s a look at how the electorate breaks down by party:
New Canaan Party Count
As of Sept. 30, the RTC had raised $32,182 in individual contributions and spent $28,839.29, while the DTC raised $13,380 and spent $4,214.54.
The DTC’s largest individual expenditures during the three-month period ended Sept. 30 included yard sign printing ($699.98), insurance costs ($589) and postcard printing ($291.85).
The RTC’s largest expenditures for the same period include a payment to Woodway Country Club for the annual Lincoln-Reagan Dinner ($14,446), $2,501 for a full page color ad in the New Canaan Advertiser, $1,875 for a digital ad on the Advertiser’s website and $1,563.08 for printing ballots for the July caucus.
Here’s a summary from the RTC and DTC financial disclosure statements:
Financial Disclosures: New Canaan's Town Committees*
|Democratic Town Committee||Republican Town Committee|
|Contributions from individuals||$13,830||$32,182|
|Balance at close of period||$14,586.61||$12,164.29|
*through Sept. 30, 2017