Mar 1


Hormoz Mansouri’s political contributions

Our second installment of Joe Friday involves the campaign contributions of Hormoz Mansouri, regarded as one of the largest financial backers of local and state politicians, including those in league with veteran political operative Steve Pigeon. Joe Friday tracked his contributions from 2005 to January of this year.

Mansouri made a vast majority of contributions in his name; others were made by his wife and three companies he owns, EI Team, an engineer and architecture firm; HLM Holdings, a development company; and NPTS Inc., an engineering, design and consulting firm providing services to the nuclear power industry and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Mansouri’s companies do extensive business with the government, including here in Western New York.

Here are the facts (ma’am):

Number of contributions: 249

Number of candidates contributed to: 93

Number of party and other political committees contributed to: 13

Amount of contributions: $298,055

Local, state contributions: $289,705

Federal contributions: $8,350

Mean contribution: $500

Contributions by year:

  • 2005: $41,700
  • 2006: $24,410
  • 2007: $34,920
  • 2008: $41,000
  • 2009: $50,547
  • 2010: $90,324
  • 2011: $15,145

Largest individual contribution: $50,000, State Senate Democratic Campaign Committee, October 2010

Smallest individual contribution: $75 to Town of Tonawanda Democratic Committee, July 2007

Largest recipients:

  • New York Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, $50,000
  • State Sen. Antoine Thompson, $21,050
  • Erie County Democratic Committee, $15,500
  • Niagara County Republican Committee, $12,000
  • New York State Democratic Committee, $11,000
  • New York State Republican Committee, $10,000
  • Taxpayers First (Chris Collins), $10,000
  • Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples, $8,500
  • Frank Sedita for Erie County District Attorney, $7,750
  • Eric Schneiderman for Attorney General, $7,500
  • Jim Keane for Erie County Executive, $7,450
  • Phil Cadet for Erie County Comptroller, $7,000
  • Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, $6,300
  • Deborah Haendiges for State Supreme Court, $5,300
  • Grassroots, $5,200
  • State Sen. George Maziarz, $5,111
  • Assemblyman Sam Hoyt, $5,080
  • Erie County Republican Committee, $5,000
  • Mark Green for Attorney General, $5,000

Want to see for yourself? Here’s a link to the full database.  Let us know via e-mail if you spot something else of interest.

Data retrieval and formatting by Andrew Bailey of Primary Data.

Source: New York State Board of Elections, Open Secrets Open Secrets/Center for Responsive Politics (federal).

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