- February 9, 2022
- Posted by: Bastion team
- Category: World News
Erie County Executive Brenton Davis ended 2021 with roughly $500 in his campaign war chest and nearly $45,000 of debt, according to his latest campaign finance report filed with the county elections board Jan. 31.
The $44,700 in debt comes from six loans taken out by Davis throughout the campaign, including a $5,000 loan and a $500 loan Davis used to kickstart his campaign in March.
While it’s not uncommon for campaigns to incur debt, it does distinguish Davis, a Republican, from his former Democratic rival, Tyler Titus, who ended the year in the black, according to campaign finance filings.
Davis has declined to comment on his finances.
He’s also been tight-lipped about a fundraiser held at the Bayfront Convention Center on Jan. 11, eight days after being sworn in as county executive.
Despite posting photos of the event on his Facebook page — which showed about 20 attendees, including Republican state Sen. Dan Laughlin, of Millcreek Township, R-49th Dist. — Davis has declined to answer questions regarding how much money was raised.
County Director of Administration Doug Smith told the Erie Times-News on Monday that the county executive did not see the “relevance” of the questions.
If Davis was holding the fundraiser for his campaign, he wouldn’t have to report the amount raised until the filing of his next financial report on Jan. 31, 2023, according to the Erie…