Dan Drew has raised vastly more money for his campaign, from committees such as union funded political action committees, and from individuals. Russo-Driska has donated $12,000 of her own money to the campaign, but this does not come close to matching the resources in the Drew campaign coffers.
From individuals, as of September 30th, Drew had raised $84,480 and Russo-Driska had raised $25,115. The difference is primarily a result of very generous giving to Drew from out of town residents.
When the campaign contributions are separated by the amount given by individuals, the differences in the campaigns' strategies is clear.
The two candidates raised nearly identical amounts from donors who contributed less than $100, but they differed wildly in the donations from people who gave more.
From donors who gave between $100 and $999, Drew received about twice the money that Russo-Driska did. The difference for those who contributed the maximum, $1000, was even more striking; Drew hauled in over 6 times more money from those most generous givers.
This difference in the absolute amount of money raised is also clear when examining the relative proportion of money. While donations of greater than $500 accounted for 30% of Russo-Driska's fundraising total, they accounted for over 50% of Drew's total.
Location, location, location.
Another reason for the disparity in fundraising was that Drew inspired donations from places far out of town.
HERE is an interactive version of the two maps.
His donors came from 85 different municipalities, in 8 different states. Donations from out-of-state alone accounted for $7500.
The city gave to Russo-Driska.
Russo-Driska's campaign raised about the same amount of money from city
residents as did Drew, but she received very little money from elsewhere.
Who are the out-of-town (and out-of-state) donors?
Employees of large corporations were the most generous out-of town donors. For example, individuals associated with just 7 corporations were responsible for about 30% of ALL donations from individuals. Below are these large corporations, with the dollars contributed by employees and their families.
- Prime AE group ($5000) is a Rocky Hill and Florida corporation. It describes itself as, "providing architecture & engineering, construction management, transportation, technology and water resource services." It does many projects for the City's Water and Sewer Department, including work to link our city with the Mattabesset regional treatment plant.
- Cardinal Engineering Associates ($4500) is a Cromwell corporation. It has been "serving Connecticut Municipalities for over 50 Years." They built the Mattabesset bicycle trail bridge.
- Cohen, Burns, Paul & Hard ($4000) is West Hartford corporation. It is "a general practice firm concentrating in real estate and commercial law, personal injury, litigation, bankruptcy, landlord/tenant, family law and criminal law."
- Centerplan & Greenskies ($3950) are linked companies based in Middletown; Robert Landino, CEO of Centerplan's parent company, is chairman of the Greenskies board. Centerplan was awarded the contract to design a new use for Metro Square and the Arcade parking lot. Greenskies has contracts with the City to install solar panels on Mt. Higby and on the Remington Rand Building.
- Pullman and Comley ($3250) has offices in Bridgeport, Hartford, Stamford, Waterbury, and White Plains. They were instrumental in the development of the Kleen Energy Power Plant, having "assisted in the closing of debt and equity transactions through Goldman Sachs Credit Partners and Energy Investor Funds valued at more than $1.3 billion."
- Updike, Kelly & Spellacy ($2775) is a corporation with primary offices in Hartford and New Haven. Their "comprehensive legal and public affairs services place us at the center of law, business and politics in Connecticut." In 2010, they opened an office in our city.
- Milone & MacBroom ($2250) is a corporation with a home office in Cheshire, and branches in Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Vermont, and South Carolina. It is "one of the largest consulting firms in the northeast offering a diverse set of specialty practices in the fields of engineering, planning, landscape architecture, and environmental science." The city frequently hires the firm for consulting work, including for the consolidation of city departments, parks improvements, and redistricting of the schools.
The individuals associated with those firms were just some of the 53 individuals who each gave $500 or more to the Drew campaign.
No corporation was associated with donations this large to the Russo-Driska campaign.
In The Hartford Courant's article on these campaign finance reports, Drew said, "I'm very pleased with [my fundraising success]." In The Middletown Press, Russo-Driska was quoted as saying, “We’re doing really, really good."