Final report shows massive financial advantage Bernard had in North Adams mayoral race

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NORTH ADAMS — Recently filed campaign finance reports show that Mayor Thomas Bernard had an enormous financial advantage over his challenger leading up to the November election.

Bernard raised more than five times the campaign funds as Robert Moulton Jr. in their race last year for a first term in the corner office.

The stark contrast in campaign finance mirrored the results of the citywide vote, which ended at 2,404 votes for Bernard to 1,023 for Moulton.

Bernard raised $2,940 during the most recent reporting period, which spanned from Oct. 21 through the end of 2017. Moulton raised $962 during that span.

"When you look, by and large it is donations from people in the community, and I really appreciate the level of local support that I saw in the campaign," Bernard told The Eagle.

In the final reporting period, Bernard spent $9,925.49, compared with Moulton's $1,500 in expenditures.

That brought Bernard's total raised during 2017 to $26,141, while Moulton totaled $4,782.30.

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Both reports were filed before the Jan. 22 deadline in accordance with regulations under the Office of Campaign and Political Finance.

The Bernard campaign made several large expenditures during the final days of the campaign, including one of $1,119.56, another of $1,040.51, and another of $764.56 to Becks printing for campaign mailers in the last week of October.

Also, Bernard spent more than $1,000 on radio advertisements on WNAW during this time period and more than $1,000 for online advertisements with Boxcar Media and Facebook.

The largest donation Bernard pulled in during the final weeks of the campaign was from Porches Inn Owner Jack Wadsworth, who chipped in $1,000.

(John C. "Hans" Morris, a co-owner of New England Newspapers Inc., parent company of The Berkshire Eagle, contributed $250 to Bernard's campaign before the most recent reporting period.)

Moulton did not receive any major donations during the final weeks of the campaign, according to his disclosure form.

He listed only three expenditures during that time period; a $500 rent bill for campaign headquarters, a $600 fundraiser at the American Legion and a $500 radio advertisement.

Reach staff writer Adam Shanks at ashanks@berkshireeagle.com, at @EagleAdamShanks on Twitter, or 413-496-6376.


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