BUFFALO County Executive candidate James Keane and New York State Assemblymember Sam Hoyt have thus far been the only politicians who have demanded that the owner of anti-gay web sites, Joseph Illuzzi, remove their advertisements and photographs from the websites controlled by Mr. Illuzzi.
Mr. Illuzzi has not complied with their requests.
Outcome has contacted each elected official and political candidate that advertises on the websites politicswny.com, illuzziletter.com and politicsny.net. We have asked each of them if the presence of their advertisement and in many cases, their photograph, signals to voters that they agree with Mr. Illuzzi's anti-gay opinions.
Only Mr. Keane and Mr. Hoyt have responded by asking that their ads be removed. Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant and Robert Reynolds have responded that, while they do not agree with the opinions of the web site, they do not view their advertisement as support of those views. Even though the money that they have paid Mr. Illuzzi for those ads enable him to continue to propagate and forward his anti-gay mission.
Outcome has reviewed the financial reports of the candidates and elected officials that advertise on Mr. Illuzzi's anti-gay web sites. These reports are available on the New York State Board of Elections web site.
An initial tally of these reports show that during 2007 $33,800 has been paid to Mr. Illuzzi by Erie County elected officials and candidates.
In most cases, payments to Mr. Illuzzi represent the largest single expenditure by the individual campaign committees of the elected officials and candidates during 2007.
Below is a list of the candidate and elected officials payments to Mr. Illuzzi during 2007.
Here is a copy of the letter that Outcome has sent to each of the candidates and elected officials that advertise on the web sites the Mr. Illuzzii owns.
Here is the letter that Assemblymember Sam Hoyt has sent to Mr. Illuzzi.
Here is the letter that Erie County Executive candidate James Keane has sent to Mr. Illuzzi.
Town of West Seneca Supervisor Paul Clark, who is a candidate for Erie County Executive did not respond to repeated requests for comment for this article. We had sought comment through his brother, Tim Clark and others who are working for his campaign.
Our research of the available campaign finance reports did not turn up all of the payments made to Mr. Illuzzi. Many of the campaigns 32 day pre-primary campaign finance reports are not available as of August 22, 2007 and in some cases no financial reports were available on the New York State Board of Elections web site.
In other cases it was assumed that payments to Mr. Illuzzi were made during periods that were not made available on the New York State Board of Elections web site or were combined with other non itemized payments.
The payments cited below are those that we were able to clearly determine as campaign committee payments to Mr. Illuzzi's anti-gay web sites.
Candidate/Elected Official Name, Office, Committee Name,
Date Payment made, Amount.
Paul Clark, Candidate, Erie County Executive FRIENDS OF PAUL CLARK
payment made on 3/30/2007 $3,000.00
Jim Keane, Candidate, Erie County Executive FRIENDS OF JIM KEANE
payment made on 3/1/2007 $500.00
payment made on 10/5/2006 $2,250.00
payment made on 2/9/2007 $3,000.00
Christopher Collins, Candidate, Erie County Executive COLLINS FOR OUR FUTURE
payment made on 3/31/2007 $5,000.00
Frank Clark, Erie County District Attorney FRIENDS OF FRANK CLARK
payment made on 6/20/2007 $500.00
Judge Rose H. Sconiers, New York State Supreme Court COMMITTEE TO RE-ELECT JUSTICE ROSE H. SCONIERS NEW YORK STATE SUPREME COURT
payment made on 2/12/2007 $3,000.00
Judge Tim Franczyk, Erie County Court JUDGE TIM FRANCZYK FOR COUNTY COURT
payment made on 6/30/2007 $800.00
Kathy Hochul, Erie County Clerk FRIENDS OF KATHY HOCHUL
payment made on 4/12/2007 $2,000.00
payment made on 1/2/2007 $2,500.00
Mike Cole, York State Member of the Assembly FRIENDS OF MIKE COLE
payment made on 1/5/2007 $500.00
payment made on 1/23/2007 $750.00
Sam Hoyt, New York State Member of the Assembly CITIZENS FOR SAM HOYT
payment made on 12/20/2006 $1,500.00
Jack Quinn, New York State Member of the Assembly FRIENDS OF JACK QUINN
payment made on 4/3/2007 $500.00
payment made on 6/15/2007 $750.00
Mark Schroeder, New York State Member of the Assembly FRIENDS OF MARK SCHROEDER
payment made on 1/18/2007 $750.00
Bill Stachowski, New York State Senate FRIENDS OF BILL STACHOWSKI
payment made on 1/16/2007 $1,000.00
Antoine M. Thompson,New York State Senate SUPPORTERS OF ANTOINE M. THOMPSON
payment made on 1/18/2007 $1,000.00
Tim Kennedy, Legislator FRIENDS OF TIM KENNEDY
payment made on 11/21/2006 $1,000.00
Timothy Wroblewski, Candidtate, Erie County Legislator FRIENDS OF TIMOTHY WROBLEWSKI
Edward Rath III, Candidate, Erie County Legislator FRIENDS OF ED RATH
Joel Feroleto, Candidate, Erie County Legislator FRIENDS OF JOEL FEROLETO
Christina Bove, Candidate, West Seneca Supervisor CITIZENS FOR CHRISTINA BOVE