The Maziarz money machine

George Maziarz is probably Western New York’s most powerful state legislator. The Newfane Republican represents the 62nd District, which includes all of Niagara County outside the City of Niagara Falls, Orleans County and the western portion of Monroe County.

He has served in the Senate since 1995  and is currently chairman of the Energy and Telecommunications Committee and Vice President Pro Tempore. Maziarz’s stature has position him to raise a lot of campaign funds.

Here’s Joe Friday’s look at Maziarz’s campaign contributions since January 1999, when the state Board of Elections began tracking donations online.

Total contributions since 1999: $3,767,175

Number of itemized contributions: 5,649

Average contribution: $604

Median contribution: $300

Contributions of $1,000 or more: 1,120

Contributions of $5,000 or more: 95

Largest one-time contribution: $15,000 by the Niagara County Republican Committee in 2000.

Largest contributors, 1999-January 2012

  • Smokin’ Joe’s, $55,674
  • David Ulrich, $43,050
  • VOTE COPE PAC, $39,337
  • Modern Disposal and affiliated companies, $37,135
  • Niagara Fall Redevelopment LLC, $36,966
  • LAWPAC, $32,900
  • Fashion Outlets of Niagara, $29,500
  • IBEW, $29,228
  • NTA Data Services, $28,500
  • Harris Beach, $27,000
  • Bradley Cohen, $25,600
  • Niagara County Republican Committee, $23,000
  • Empire State Association of Adult Homes, $22,750
  • Empire State Petroleum PAC, $21,650
  • ATU NY COPE Fund, $20,600
  • Harry’s Harbor Place, $20,415

Contributions since 2007 (last three election cycles): $1,823,606

Largest contributors from 2007 to January 2012:

  • Fashion Outlets of Niagara, $29,600
  • Smokin’ Joe’s, $29,000
  • David Ulrich, $28,800
  • Schlesinger family and company, $27,000
  • Modern Disposal and affiliated companies, $25,437
  • Josh, Gayle Yashar, $19,000
  • Verizon PAC, $18,500
  • NTS Data Services, $18,500
  • LAWPAC, $18,500
  • AES PAC, $17,811
  • IBEW, $16,948
  • Niagara Falls Redevelopment LLC, $16,700
  • SEIU PAC, $15,500
  • VOTE COPE PAC, $15,100
  • Howard, Edward Milstein, $15,000
  • Genesee & Wyoming Railroad Co, $14,500
  • Harris Beach, $14,000
  • Committee to Promote Upstate Manufacturing, $13,500
  • Laborer’s Union, $12,650
  • ATU NY COPE Fund, $12,500
  • AFL-CIO, $12,000
  • Time-Warner PAC, $11,500
  • IPPNY PAC, $11,221
  • Phillips Lytle, $11,099
  • Seneca Nation, $11,000
  • Henry Sloma, $10,800
  • Anthony Bergamo, $10,000
  • River York LLC, $10,000

Contributions by election cycle

  • 2011-12: $563,834 (through Jan. 15)
  • 2009-10: $547,569
  • 2007-08: $712,202
  • 2005-06: $725,865
  • 2003-04: $499,452
  • 2001-02: $411,062

Campaign fund balance: $728,807 as of Jan. 15

 

Data retrieval and formatting by Andrew Bailey of Primary Data.

Source: New York State Board of Elections.

Want to see for yourself? Here’s the data maintained by the New York Board of Elections listed by periodic campaign filings and contributors.

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