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Tesei Raising More Money in Greenwich Campaign

GREENWICH, Conn. – Greenwich’s incumbent First Selectman Peter Tesei has pulled in more funds from supporters during his campaign than Democratic challenger John Blankley, according to spending reports filed with the Town Clerk's Office.

Tesei, a Republican, has raised $74,021 during the campaign, with $17,375 of that coming between Oct. 1 and Oct. 25. Blankley has pulled in $53,498, including a $20,000 loan he made to his own campaign.

“For a local campaign, it’s not out of the ordinary at all,” said Blankley of the loan. “I have total confidence in the campaign that I’m managing and total confidence in the outcome. I entered this race to win.”

Blankley's running mate, incumbent Selectman Drew Marzullo, raised a total of $26,028 during his campaign, with $4,990 coming between Oct. 1 and Oct. 25. Tesei’s running mate, incumbent Selectman David Theis has raised $13,340 during his campaign, with $5,015 of that between Oct. 1 and Oct. 25. Theis began raising money over the summer.

Republican Town Clerk Carmella Budkins has raised a total of $23,320 during her reelection bid. Budkins' opponent, Stephen Ng, a Democrat, did not report his total. According to an article in the Greenwich Time, Ng was fined — by the town clerk’s office — for filing his July 1 to Sept. 30 campaign finance report late. He later said he plans to spend ess than $1,000 in his campaign, and is therefore exempt from filing requirements, according to the Elections Enforcement Commission.

Republican Tax Collector Tod Laudonia raised a total of $8,015 in his campaign, with $5,270 during October. His opponent, Democrat Bill Grad, who previously faced off with Laudonia in the last race for tax collector, raised a total of $19,262, with $4,560 during October.

In the Board of Education race, Republican Barbara O'Neill raised $6,180 from Oct. 1 to Oct. 25, and Republican Peter von Braun raised $3,300 during the same time period.

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