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Democratic Candidate Struggles for Cash in Norwalk

NORWALK, Conn. – Democratic candidate for mayor Andy Garfunkel has significantly less money to spend than incumbent Republican Mayor Richard Moccia in the final weeks of the campaign, papers filed this week show.

The Garfunkel campaign took in a higher dollar figure from July 1 to Sept. 30 but struggled to meet expenses in August, even bouncing a check and significantly reducing the expenses paid for campaign workers. The election is Nov. 8.

Garfunkel's campaign began the three-month period between June and October with $7,835.33 and ended it with $4,194.96. In between, $22,395 in contributions were received and $26,035.37 was spent.

Moccia's campaign began the period with $12,219.83 and ended it with $11,292.36. In between, $21,556 in contributions were received and $22,483.47 was spent.

Garfunkel paid three people to work full time for much of the period. A payment was also made to a consultant in Philadelphia. The total expenditure for consultants was $19,350. Moccia's campaign manager, Art Scialabba, works for free. Jackie Effron of Rowayton works part time, receiving $250 a week just since mid-August or a total of $1,250 for the period.

Moccia said he has paid for seven billboards, radio ads, posters and lawn signs. Although Garfunkel's campaign documents do not show any expenses for billboards for the period, it has paid for at least one billboard, at the East Norwalk train station, across East Avenue from a Moccia for Mayor billboard.

The Garfunkel campaign paid an overdraft fee of $32 to Fairfield County Bank on Aug. 12. The campaign staff waited to receive their paychecks at about the same time and were subsequently paid less.

Evonne Klein, a former first Darien selectman, received $3,000 for her work as campaign manager July 14 and July 28, prompt payments for services rendered. The report shows she had to wait to receive her next check and then was cut back. On Aug. 25, she received a $3,000 payment described as "campaign manager consulting fee from July 29 to Aug. 11." On Sept. 22, she was paid $1,200, which was described as "campaign manager consulting fee from Aug. 12 to Sept. 15." Klein would not comment but said previously she had been Garfunkel's full-time campaign manager through mid-August. She stayed on as a part-time campaign manager through mid-September. Garfunkel now has Francesca Capodilupo as a campaign strategist. Her pay rate is not currently available.

Vincent Mangiacopra of Norwalk is listed as a website manager. He was paid $300 on July 14, and $200 on July 28, Aug. 11, Aug. 25, Sept. 8 and Sept. 22.

Zachary Dendas of Branford received outreach organizer fees. He was paid promptly every two weeks through early September, receiving $850 on July 14, July 28, Aug. 11, Aug. 25, and Sept. 8. Then, on Sept. 15, he was paid $300. On Sept. 22, he was paid $1,150.

Justin Myers of Philadelphia was paid $1,600 Sept. 21 for campaign consultations June through September.

There is a $1,137.67 expense Aug. 5 for stamps, printing and ink. There is a $2,781.57 expense Sept. 12 for "stamps, ink and invitation mailer printing." The campaign paid $1,000 on Sept. 21 as its portion of the rent for the headquarters it shares with the Democratic Town Committee at 42 Wall St.

The Daily Norwalk will publish a list of campaign contributors in a separate article.

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