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Richards' supporters collected $83,600 before election

Rochester Business Journal
December 4, 2013

The Monroe County chapter of the Independence Party scrambled to collect $83,600 in individual and corporate campaign contributions for Rochester Mayor Thomas Richards after his defeat in the Democratic Party primary, state filings this week show.

Mayor-elect Lovely Warren raised $139,110 during the period and spent $184,437, 27-day post-general elections filings with the state Board of Elections show.

The filings cover a period beginning Oct. 21.

Richards was beaten in the primary by City Council President Warren but remained on the Independence and Working Family party lines, losing to Warren in the general election last month.

Local Independence Party leaders tried to rally support for Richards after the primary even though Richards ceased to actively campaign for re-election. Richards closed out his campaign account and transferred the money to the local Democratic Party.

Rochester businessman John Summers and Joseph Bell of Canandaigua each contributed $10,000 to the Independence Party initiative, the highest amounts among individuals included on the 27-day post-general election filing with the state Board of Elections.

The Robert Morgan Limited Partnership II in Pittsford contributed $5,000, filings show.

S.L. Manilla of Fairport, Richard Ash of Piffard, Walter Parkes of Pittsford, and Edward Pettinella of Rochester each contributed $2,500.

The largest corporate contributions were $5,000 from South Pointe Landing LLC, Rainaldi Brothers Inc. and Airpark 1 LLC, filings show.

The largest individual contribution was $5,000 from Gary Frederico of Rochester. Anthony Costello of Rochester contributed $4,000, filings show.

The largest corporate contributions to the Warren campaign were $5,000 apiece from Atlas Contractors LLC in Rochester and Conifer Realty LLC in Rochester, filings show.

(c) 2013 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email

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