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Southampton supervisor to return donations

Anna E. Throne-Holst (D, I, Working Families), Southampton

Anna E. Throne-Holst (D, I, Working Families), Southampton candidate for supervisor (Sept. 8, 2009) Read more about Anna E. Throne-Holst Credit: Doug Kuntz, 2009

Southampton Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst , left, is refunding about $10,000 to individuals and corporations from her campaign war chest after being alerted by her opponent that some donations exceeded the legal limit.

Linda Kabot, the former town supervisor running a write-in campaign against Throne-Holst for the top job, hand-delivered a letter to the supervisor’s office saying that three companies and about six individuals had contributed more than the legal limit.

The limit for town supervisor is $1,880.05 for the 2011 general election cycle, whether for an individual or a corporation.

“I urge you to immediately take corrective action so as to comply with the law,” wrote Kabot. “I strongly feel it is dishonest to retain this overage in your campaign fund and expend such unlawful monies to further your re-election.”

Throne-Holst’s campaign will send about nine checks for a total of $10,000, her campaign said. The amended campaign report should be filed by Thursday, and checks were scheduled to go out Tuesday.

Throne-Holst said in an interview that her campaign was told by the Suffolk County Board of Elections that the limit for corporate donors was $5,000, and was made aware of the error  by Kabot’s letter.

“We are rectifying the situation,” she said.



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