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Gains, Greene, Ditzler lead in funding

Published: Fri, February 24, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.






By David Skolnick



In the hotly contested and contentious Mahoning County prosecutor’s Democratic primary, incumbent Paul J. Gains raised and spent more money during the first month and a half of the year than his challenger.

Gains collected $58,220 from contributors compared with $48,334 for Youngstown Prosecutor Jay Macejko, his March 6 primary opponent, between Jan. 1 and Feb. 15, according to pre-primary campaign finance reports filed by Thursday’s deadline at the county board of elections.

Macejko and his wife also gave a $4,083 loan to the campaign last month.

During that same time period, Gains spent $47,393 and Macejko spent $41,139.

In both cases, much of the money went to pay for television commercials, yard signs, campaign mail and expenses related to fundraisers, according to his finance report.

Gains also spent $1,650 on a poll.

During the last six months of 2011, Macejko received $31,168 in contributions, and loaned $10,114 to his campaign.

Gains raised $32,131 in contributions during the second half of 2011. He already had $34,020 in his campaign fund as of July 31, 2011.

As of Feb. 15, Gains had $59,061 in his campaign fund compared to $32,146 for Macejko.

Macejko, like other candidates endorsed by the county Democratic Party, paid an assessment to the party to help fund a coordinated campaign.

Except for Macejko, Joyce Kale-Pesta, the endorsed candidate for state central committeewoman, and Jerry Greene, the endorsed candidate for county sheriff, the others gave $2,000 each to the party.

Macejko gave $1,500; Kale-Pesta, $1,000; and Greene, $3,000.

County Recorder Noralynn Palermo, running unopposed in the primary, had to loan $1,950 to her campaign to cover her assessment.

County Treasurer Daniel Yemma, also running unopposed, borrowed $2,000 from his son to pay his assessment.

In the Democratic sheriff primary, Greene continues to raise more money than his two opponents.

Greene received $30,555 in contributions between Jan. 1 and Feb. 15. That’s on top of the $106,720 he raised in the latter half of 2011.

In comparison, Poland Township Police Chief Brian Goodin, who had $1,700 in contributions last year, received $27,854 from donors between Jan. 1 and Feb. 15.

Former Youngstown Police Chief Jimmy Hughes is running a largely self-funded campaign. As of Feb. 15, Hughes had received only $2,185 from donors. He’s loaned $46,000 to his campaign, including $28,000 during the pre-primary reporting period.

When it comes to money, the race to replace outgoing county Commissioner John McNally IV is a two-man race.

Austintown Trustee David Ditzler, the party’s endorsed candidate, raised $46,575 between Jan. 1 and Feb. 15. He also has $24,200 in loans owed to his campaign.

In comparison, Walter Pishkur raised $21,125 between Jan. 1 and Feb. 15. Pishkur loaned his campaign $50,000 late last year.

The only Trumbull countywide race in the Democratic primary — between incumbent Trumbull County Sheriff Thomas Altiere and his former chief of detectives, Jim Phillips — is also the most costly race.

Altiere, who has been sheriff 18 years and says this will be his last term, spent $3,461 between Jan. 1 and Feb. 15 and raised nothing. Phillips spent $34,836 and raised $8,800. He also contributed $25,000 of his own money.

Contributor: Ed Runyan, staff writer.


1Bman(151 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

"...During that same time period, Gains spent $47,393..."

This is how pathetic Gains is...

Gains is a 15 year incumbant who is being attacked by a solid, qualified, and competent Macejko, and rather than run on his own record of 15 years, Gains elects to spend $47K to personally attack an opponent. Why????????...

BECAUSE GAINS HAS NO RECORD TO RUN ON! His office is disfunctional and ALL THE REPORTERS AT THE DEBATE KNEW IT ! All their questions had to do with the poor handling of cases by Gains' office! Sadly, due to an apparent lack of capacity, Gains never addressed any question regarding the felons, murders, or general thugs that his office had freed in the past few years.

A normal incumbant would discuss his own qualifications and record, if he had one. But Gains' does not, and so he and his people sling mud to denigrate a decent person. He should take some of that $47K and pay for extra law school classes for his criminal staff and maybe that would save his campaign.

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2Caliber380(43 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Again, BMan, It's not mudslinging when you are telling the truth, You just don't have the education to comprehend that do you? Again, as I said before- Macejko called gains a "drunk" very early in the race. You don't think that is a personal attack? I'm beginning to think that you are Jay himself as you feel that you have done no wrong whatsoever, yet documents prove otherwise.. I suspect you (Jay) have Psychosis

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3Billweaver480(62 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

For you folks that think Jay Macejko did not make racist remarks, did not fire Bassil Ally or do anything wrong whatsoever need to look at the documents listed on this web page.


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4CountryGirl51(232 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

B-Man...Who DO YOU work for !!! hehe...And yes, did you watch the same debate as we all did ? Because i heard things entirely different ! Jay was the one who started playing dirty ! Gains did answer the question pertaining to murders, felons etc. And Gains does have a record...a very good one at that ! He gave the numbers...which we all know...We know the homicides are down every year etc...Dont you read the paper...watch the news !! Jay on the other hand did not tell the truth as far as i am concerned....he just wouldnt answer them !!! Then he said he didnt fire Ally !!!??? HUH !!!!??? I thought i read in The Vindy at that time that he was FIRED !! Was the vindy wrong in printing that...in that case why was there not a retraction....or they not sued ????

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5Billweaver480(62 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

CountryGirl, plenty of information on the good old boy Jay listed on this web page below. You will be shocked on how he treats employees.


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