The only statewide candidate who is participating in a pilot public campaign finance program says it’s been slow going, but Republican comptroller candidate and current Onondaga County Comptroller Bob Antonacci expects to collect enough individual donors to qualify for the state matching funds.
Antonacci has to convince 2000 people to donate small amount of money to his campaign, by September 10th, and raise $200,000 from them, in order to qualify for a grant that will give him six times the amount of money that he raises by that date.
“It has been tedious at times,” Antonacci admits. “It’s been a lot of work.”
Antonacci, who is who is currently the Onondaga County Comptroller, plans to tour minor league baseball parks across the state in the next several days, as one way to meet voters, and more importantly, potential small money donors. He won’t say how much he’s raised so far, though a required campaign filing on July 15th showed he had just over $30,000. Antonacci says that if he doesn’t collect enough to qualify for the matching grants, it will be a “colossal failure”.