Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan loaned her campaign committee $162,000 in July—the same amount it spent on TV advertising, her latest filing with the state Board of Elections shows. The incumbent had already loaned her campaign $75,000 in January.
The TV spot, titled “Accessible,” touted the year-end budgetary surplus and her administration’s “equal and fair treatment for every neighborhood.” The Sheehan campaign made the $162,000 payment to Screen Strategies Media of Fairfax, Va. on July 18, the filing shows.
Overall, the Sheehan campaign took in just over $25,000 in contributions and spent nearly $200,000 from July 14 through Aug. 7.
Civil engineering and surveying firm Hershberg & Hershberg ($2,200) and law firm Martin, Harding & Mazzotti ($2,000) appeared to be the mayor’s largest contributors this filing period.
Hershberg & Hershberg previously made smaller contributions to Sheehan’s competitors in the Democratic primary—$100 to Common Council President Carolyn McLaughlin in Feb. and $250 total to Common Councilman Frank Commisso, Jr. in April.
The Sheehan campaign did not immediately return requests for comment. This post will be updated if we hear back.
Update 3:53 P.M. Commisso, Jr.’s campaign has submitted its filing, which shows the committee raised $15,757 and spent nearly $18,000 this period.
The Independence Party Committee donated $1,000 to the Commisso, Jr. campaign this month. The Albany County branch endorsed the candidate in June.