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Hamilton Mayor Kelly Yaede hasn’t raised a dime in four months despite being in a tough re-election campaign, according to reports filed with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.
Yaede’s report shows no contributions for any amount since the June primary, an unusual happenstance in a volatile race.
The Republican mayor has raised $154,039 since opening her 2019 campaign account in January 2016. She transferred $45,577 left over from her 2015 re-election campaign.
Yaede finished the primary with $65,122 cash-on-hand after defeating rival David Henderson by a 2-1 margin.
Since the June primary, has spent $17,293. In total, Yaede reported spending $181,788 so far in her bid for a third term as Hamilton mayor.
“Showing zero fundraising gives the impression that she is having trouble raising money and that there is a serious lack of support for her candidacy,” said Michael Soliman, a Democratic strategist with no ties to the Hamilton mayoral race. “It’s very odd that she has raised nothing since the primary. That raises some real red flags.”
Some local vendors have made large contributions to the local Republican organization in Hamilton, where the legal limits are more than eight times higher than those to a specific candidate.
Reports filed the by Hamilton Township Republican Committee show over $7,000 in contributions from firms connected to the municipal insurance brokers.
“If Yaede is raising money through the local party organization to skirt pay to play laws, that could be worse,” Soliman said.
During the same time period, Democratic mayoral candidate Jeff Martin reported raising $79,403 and spending $99,073.
Martin, the council president, brought in $19,200 in small-dollar contributions and has $42,939 cash-on-hand.
Yaede did not immediately respond to a 2:09 PM text message seeking comment.Kelly Yaede October ELEC