While Republican candidate Joseph V. Treanor III runs for Erie County district attorney without deep financial resources, his opponent, Democrat John J. Flynn Jr., isn’t exactly flush these days.
In his most recent report to the state Board of Elections, Flynn said he had just $3,977 on hand when he emerged from the three-way party primary that designated him as the Democratic nominee. Flynn had gathered more than $330,000 but spent nearly all of it, and he still faces more than $19,000 in loans and liabilities, according to his report.
However, Flynn has been willing to accept donations from myriad sources and is likely to build up his campaign treasury. Treanor refuses to accept donations into his campaign account because he has said doing so casts doubt on a candidate’s independence.