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Nearly $12,000 in contributions to Hull campaign just before election

Nearly $12,000 in contributions to Roger Hull and his Alliance Party came in right before this year's election.

In the seven days leading up to the Schenectady mayoral election on Nov. 8, Hull and his party received $11,893 in reported contributions, compared to no contributions during the same time period reported for Acting Mayor Gary McCarthy, the Democratic candidate.

Siena Research Institute pollster Steve Greenberg said last-minute donations are typically used for regional commercials, get-out-the-vote efforts and printing of literature. He said the get-out-the-vote efforts consist of "phone banks to call people and tell them to come on out [and] paying people to go door to door."

The largest donation came on Election Day, when Saratoga Springs resident Elanda Wright dropped $3,000 into the lap of the Alliance Party. Also on Election Day came $1,500 from the state Republican Committee.

On Nov. 5, Jane and Neil Golub donated a total of $2,893, and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg donated $1,500. Eric Goldman, of New York City, gave $1,500 the day before the election.

Also contributing money was Jane Wold, the daughter-in-law of Peter Irving Wold, for whom Union College's Wold Center is named. In 2002, she and her husband gave $20 million to the college, and on Nov. 1 she gave $1,500 to the campaign of Hull, a former Union College president.

As of the last full campaign finance filing 11 days before the election, Hull's campaign had $20,018 cash on hand, and McCarthy's campaign had $30,214 available to spend. The 27-day post general election campaign finance filing is due on Dec. 5.

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