Election season heated up a bit on Friday as former Southampton Town Supervisor Linda Kabot, who has waged a write-in campaign to get her old seat back, alleged that current Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst accepted campaign contributions that exceeded legal limits dictated by New York State Election Law this year and in 2009.
In a letter addressed to Ms. Throne-Holst, Ms. Kabot, a Republican, charged that the supervisor’s campaign fund, Anna Throne-Holst for Supervisor, appears to be in violation of the election law for accepting “over-the-limit” contributions from a number of entities. The total overages amount to $10,118.95.
“I urge you to immediately take corrective action so as to comply with the law,” Ms. Kabot said in the letter. “I strongly feel it is dishonest to retain this overage in your campaign fund and expend such unlawful monies to further your re-election.”
The maximum a corporation or individual can donate this year, according to the Suffolk County Board of Elections Contribution Limit Index, is $1,880.05. Some of Ms. Throne-Holst’s top contributions this year are $5,000, $2,000 and $1,890. So far, Ms. Throne-Holst has raised $49,610 in campaign contributions since the beginning of this year. She has spent $37,633, leaving a balance of about $11,977.
On Friday afternoon, Ms. Throne-Holst said she hadn’t had the opportunity to look over the letter. She also said that if there’s a mistake, she would correct it.
“I’ll look it over,” she said. “Obviously, if there’s an error, I’ll correct it right away.”