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Merrimack Valley

October 30, 2013

Lantigua is raising more, spending less than Rivera

LAWRENCE — Mayor William Lantigua raised nearly $14,000 more than challenger Daniel Rivera over a recent six-week period by tapping the generosity of city employees, contractors and nightclub owners, financial reports the two filed this week show.

Lantigua also is spending less than Rivera, which combined with his more fruitful fund-raising left him with $29,000 going into the campaign’s final three weeks, more than three times the $9,000 Rivera had in the bank on Oct. 18.

In all so far this year, Lantigua raised $72,622 through Oct. 18, when the last reporting period ended, while Rivera raised $56,892, their reports show. But City Council Vice President Rivera has outspent the mayor by just over $3,000 so far, spending $61,862 on advertising, printing, mailing and other services, compared to $58,461 that Lantigua has spent.

Both men had about $15,000 on hand when the year began.

Lantigua’s donors are much more likely to live or work in Lawrence than are Rivera’s donors, and much more likely to work for the city or its schools, according to the financial disclosure forms they filed Monday.

Fifty-six percent of Lantigua’s donors listed a Lawrence address for their home or business on the form the mayor filed Monday, compared to just 22 percent of Rivera’s donors.

Nearly one in four of Lantigua’s supporters collect a city paycheck, ranging from his chief of staff, Frederick Diaz ($200 so far this year), to his confidential secretary, Maria Cruz ($150). The two men Lantigua elevated from City Hall receptionists to public works foreman also have given back: Street Foreman Joel Chalas has given $300 and Parks Foreman Jorge Jaime has given $500, the maximum allowed in a year.

Where Rivera’s donors work is harder to track because just 58 of the 133 donors who gave to him since Aug. 31 listed their employers. Just one reported working for the city or its schools. Only donors who give $200 or more are required to list where they work, as did all but one of Rivera’s bigger donors.

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