NOTE: I STRONGLY encourage you to download Mark Boughton and Chris Seatro's campaign reports (links are provided below) and follow the files as you read my VERY general analysis.
As for now, I'm not providing a detailed analysis of the financial reports (e.g., contributions from outside Danbury, average contribution amount, donation per ward) as it's rather time-consuming and a detailed breakdown would be more informative as we near election day.
As the Democratic and Republican Town committees in Danbury prepare to hold their meetings for endorsement for the upcoming elections this month, I thought it would be informative to take a general look at the financial status Mayor Mark Boughton and Democratic Mayoral challenger Chris Setaro's campaigns.
After examining the two candidates' financial statements, one thing becomes clear: Chris Seatro is taking his campaign against the city's longest-running mayor seriously...and Mark Boughton is taking his 2001 challenger for the city's top post seriously as well.
For Team Setaro, his overall campaign fundraising effort, which has the Democratic challenger outpacing Boughton by nearly three thousand dollars to date, is a clear indication that the 2001 candidate for mayor at least has the financial backing to mount an effective campaign challenge in 2019.
Because Setaro filed his campaign paperwork on December 26th, 2018, he was able to raise a sizeable amount of money from friends and fellow attorneys ($25,435.00) before the end of the extremely short reporting period (Dec 26th-31st) before Boughton filed his campaign paperwork on January 2nd.
Setaro's early fundraising start was a wise strategy as it placed Boughton in unfamiliar territory as a candidate with a smaller war chest then his competitor.
The July 10 filing shows that Boughton is taking his Democratic challenger seriously by beating Setaro in individual contributions for the reporting period by a near a 2-1 margin. Boughton has also shown his strength as a long-term incumbent by catching his opponent's cash on hand figure (3,000 difference) as well as total money raised (16,000.00 dollar difference) despite raising funds for a shorter time span.
Setaro has much to be proud about given the very impressive war chest he has amassed (the most money raised by any Democratic mayoral candidate)...a far cry from the less than impressive financial performances of the Boughton's past challengers.
At least when it comes to the money race, based on the money raised between Boughton and Setaro, there is a good chance that we might witness a competitive race for mayor.
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On September 26, 2007, ten plaintiffs filed suit in response to an arrest of aday laborers at a public park in Danbury, Connecticut. Plaintiffs amended their complaint on November 26, 2007.
The amended complaint states that plaintiffs sought to remedy the continued discriminatory and unauthorized enforcement of federal immigration laws against the Latino residents of the City of Danbury by Danbury's mayor and its police department.
Plaintiffs allege that the arrests violated their Fourth Amendment rights and the Connecticut Constitution because defendants conducted the arrests without valid warrants, in the absence of exigent circumstances, and without probable cause to believe that plaintiffs were engaged in unlawful activity. In addition, plaintiffs allege that defendants improperly stopped, detained, investigated, searched and arrested plaintiffs. Plaintiffs also allege that defendants violated their Fourteenth Amendment rights when they intentionally targeted plaintiffs, and arrested and detained them on the basis of their race, ethnicity and perceived national origin. Plaintiffs raise First Amendment, Due Process and tort claims.
Plaintiffs request declaratory relief, damages and attorneys fees.