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UES City Council Hopeful Has Only $5K in Funds Weeks Before Primary

 One Democrat in the field of Upper East Side City Council candidates only has $5,000 to spend for the rest of his campaign until the September 2013 primary elections, public records indicate.
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UPPER EAST SIDE — A Democratic candidate for Jessica Lappin's District 5 City Council seat only has some $5,000 left for campaigning ahead of the September 2013 primary, public records indicate.

Ed Hartzog has raised $47,318, but has spent $42,468 campaigning, according to New York City Campaign Finance Board database filings.

In addition to payroll for campaign staffers and petitioners, some of his biggest expenses appear to be for campaign literature. He spent $9,145, for example, on materials such as "tri-fold" pamphlets, the data show.

Hartzog also spent $850 for a photographer, the documents show.

But Hartzog said the takeaway message isn't how much cash he has on hand.

“Actually, I think the story from the last filing period is the overwhelming number of donations I received from people in the district, who helped ensure that we will receive our full share of public matching funds, over $92,000," he said in an email to DNAinfo New York. 

"Indeed, it is more than that. It is a continued demonstration of how people are responding in a positive way to our message regarding overdevelopment, quality of life, the need for more open and green space and government transparency."

Meanwhile, one of his opponents, Assemblyman Micah Kellner, has raised $153,070.00 and spent $33,165.00, the July 15 filings indicate; another candidate, Ben Kallos, has raised $73,822.00 and used $34,438.00, the data show.

In the unrelated Assembly race, newly minted candidate David Menegon has raised $2,370 and spent $293.40, according to the New York State Board of Elections.