Andrew A. Ligammari spent $61,865 of his own money to garner 45 percent of the Democratic primary vote for Niagara County district attorney, according to financial data filed Friday with the Board of Elections.
Ligammari, an attorney from Porter, lost to Matthew J. Murphy III, the incumbent, despite outspending Murphy by nearly 2-to-1.
Murphy, of Lockport, spent $45,090 on the primary; Ligammari, $82,678.
Running for a third term, Murphy tapped a fund-raising network that included many attorneys in Niagara and Erie counties. He also spent $7,750 out of his own pocket, while his campaign committee reported a $7,500 loan from his wife and a $2,000 loan from his father, former Assemblyman Matthew J. Murphy Jr.
Ligammari still is mulling over the notion of trying to organize a write-in campaign for the November election. With no Republican candidate, only Murphy's name will appear on the voting machine, since he received all all the endorsements made by minority parties.
"It's a big decision," Ligammari said Friday. "It's already cost me a lot of my own money."
He said he would meet with close advisers to decide whether to pursue the long-shot attempt. Ligammari claimed he is being urged to organize a write-in effort by "hundreds of people, especially Republicans who didn't get a chance to vote (in the primary)."
According to their financial reports, both candidates were tapped out by the end of the race. Murphy had $180; Ligammari, a negative balance of $140.
Friday was the deadline for candidates who entered primary races to file postelection financial reports, but not all did so. Reports are considered timely, however, as long as they were postmarked no later than Friday.
Among mayoral candidates in the county's three cities, the Niagara Falls primary winners, Republican Irene J. Elia and Democrat John G. Accardo, did not file. Neither did Lockport Mayor Kenneth D. Swan nor North Tonawanda Alderman Scott P. Kiedrowski, who lost the GOP primaries in their cities.
Niagara Falls Mayor James C. Galie, who lost to Accardo in the Democratic primary, is believed to have significantly outspent his opponent. Galie's financial forms totaled all the spending his political committees had done during his entire four-year term -- more than $103,000 -- without limiting it to this election year. The amount raised during the term topped the $130,000 mark.
Although it was not clear from the filings available Friday, Galie appeared to have raised about $55,000 this year. Accardo had spent $40,998 as of 10 days before the primary.
Elia had spent $27,748 as of Sept. 3. Councilwoman Barbara A. Geracitano, her defeated opponent, reported total campaign spending of $7,014.
In Lockport, Council President Michael W. Tucker, the Republican primary winner, spent $6,411 on the primary race and has $164 left to build on for his November race against Thomas C. Sullivan, a Democrat. Swan had spent $3,445 as of Sept. 3, and remains on the ballot as the nominee of the Liberal and Right to Life parties. He has not decided if he will campaign actively.
In North Tonawanda, Mary C. Kabasakalian, the GOP winner, spent $6,962 on her primary race. She has $1,609 left for the general election campaign against Ronald R. Dawson, the Democratic incumbent.
Kiedrowski had spent $2,513 as of 10 days before the primary. He has four minor-party lines in November. Although the Board of Elections has not released results of the write-in primaries for those lines, Kabasakalian said Friday she had been told Kiedrowski held all of them.