U.S. Rep. John Sweeney will help Teresa Sayward raise cash to pay off more than $30,000 in debt still lingering from her campaign for state Assembly last fall.
The Republican congressman from Clifton Park has agreed to host a fund-raiser for Sayward, R-Willsboro, in Lake George next month, a spokesman for Sweeney said.
Her campaign is also planning fund-raisers next month in Westport and Willsboro, in hopes of retiring the debt, Sayward said.
"Hopefully these will retire my outstanding debt, and we can begin to prepare for '04," said Sayward, who faces re-election next year.
New campaign fund-raising reports filed with the state Board of Elections earlier this month show that Sayward's campaign still owes just over $30,000 in unpaid bills and loans.
Sayward, a former Willsboro town supervisor, spent $112,000 to win the seat in a spirited five-way race last fall, previous reports have shown.
As of July 9, the campaign still owed $20,080 to Strategic Moves LLC of Albany for political consulting, campaign literature and other related expenses dating back to November, according to her latest report.
The report also lists a $10,000 outstanding loan to Sayward's husband.
During the first six months of this year, Sayward's campaign raised $3,250 and spent $3,360, leaving a balance of $1,500 in her campaign account as of June 30, according to the report.
Her largest contribution of $400 came from the political action committee of the New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association.
Her largest individual contributors were Edwin Devoe of Branchport (Yates County), Therese Reile of East Aurora (Erie County) and Michael Connery of Ticonderoga, who contributed $200 each.
Sayward said that she spent the first half of this year getting acquainted with constituents, but plans now to begin fund-raising in earnest.
"Nobody wants to have a debt. I'm no exception to that," she said.
Campaign finance balances reported by other area legislators are as follows:
u State Assemblyman James Tedisco, R-Schenectady, reported raising $43,200 and spending $24,200 during the first half of 2003, leaving a balance of $50,700 in his campaign fund.
Large contributions included $550 from the political action committee of the New York State Bar Association and contributions of $500 each from Eli Lilly and Co. of Albany, Statewide Laundry Services of Rochester, and Nationwide Mutual Fire Insurance Co. of Columbus, Ohio.
u State Assemblyman Roy McDonald, R-Wilton, reported raising $500 in the first six months of 2003 and spending just over $1,000, leaving a balance of $495.
An itemized list of contributors was not available
u State Sen. Elizabeth Little, R-Queensbury, reported raising $44,400 and spending $29,400, leaving a balance of $147,300.
Her largest contribution was $8,000 from the campaign fund of state Sen. Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, R-Brunswick.
Other large contributions included $1,000 each from the Pepsi Cola Bottlers of Albany, the political action committee of the New York State Association of Realtors, the Empire Dental professional organization and The Health Care Association of New York State, a hospital trade group.
u Bruno reported raising $377,800 and spending $315,400, leaving a balance of $2.1 million.
His largest contributions were $7,700 from Empire Dental and $6,650 from a political action committee representing pharmacists in the state.
u State Sen. Hugh Farley, R-Schenectady, reported raising $56,500 and spending $19,000, leaving a balance of $185,800.
His largest contributions were $2,500 from the New York State Independent Bankers trade organization and $2,000 from Citigroup Inc.
Other large contributions included $1,200 each from A1 Credit Corp. of Albany, Hillside Venture of Guilderland, Francis Dimond of Fonda (Montgomery County), and from a political action committee representing credit unions in the state.