UPDATE: Her report is up now, here. If you ask short-handed staff in the Town Clerk’s Office to make copies of campaign finance reports of the candidates for mayor, it will cost you more than $500. Democratic mayoral candidate Mary-Jane Foster says she will post her report on her campaign website “for the whole world to see within the next few days.”
Last Friday was the deadline for candidates to submit quarterly finance reports to the Town Clerk’s Office for public inspection. Copies cost 50 cents per page. Foster’s report shows the campaign raised $70,075 for the period ending June 30.
“An open and transparent government is the first step in reestablishing trust in Bridgeport’s City Hall,” says Foster in a news release. “I am not required to do this by law but good government ethics dictates these principles. Concerned citizens should not be required to spend hundreds of their own hard-earned dollars just to see who has contributed money to my campaign and to my opponents.”
Foster asserts that as mayor she will require the Town Clerk’s Office to post any campaign finance reports it receives within 72 hours of receipt. She said she will push for either state law or local ordinance to enforce these actions.
“One of my opponents has been convicted of selling the city for personal gain while the other has raised serious concerns as to the quid pro quo nature of some of his campaign donations,” Foster said. “Full and open campaign finance requirements is the first step in giving the public the tools they need to keep a watchful eye on all of the politicians. Both of my opponents are ethically challenged and in a city like Bridgeport where the perception of corrupt government never seems to go away, we need to do more. We need to do better. Bridgeport deserves better and you can be sure that I, Mary-Jane Foster, will deliver.”
Foster’s campaign finance report includes donations from State Senator Marilyn, Moore ($100), State Senator Ed Gomes ($200), physician Robert Weinstein ($500), retired Bridgeport school chief Jim Connelly ($100), former city councilor Bob “Troll” Walsh ($500), Anne Sheffer of Westport ($1,000), retired publisher of the Connecticut Post Elizabeth Pfriem ($1,000), former Congressman Christopher Shays ($250), former school board president Max Medina ($150), former United State Attorney Stan Twardy ($250), former Connecticut Lieutenant Governor Eunice Groark ($250), fuel company owners John Santa ($1,000) and George Santa ($500), attorney Ray Rizio ($1,000), entrepreneur Wiley Mullins, ($500), former Bridgeport Mayor Nick Panuzio ($250).