Marketing firm sues Rachel Barnhart over unpaid bill

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September 20, 2017 08:44 PM

A marketing firm has filed a lawsuit against Rochester mayoral candidate Rachel Barnhart over an unpaid bill from a previous campaign.

Growth Marketing of NY claims Barnhart didn't pay for nearly $5,000 worth of services that the firm provided for her campaign last year in Barnhart's failed bid for Assemblyman Harry Bronson's seat.

The company's CEO is Arnie Rothschild -- the board chair for the Rochester Broadway Theatre League. In a statement, Barnhart claims the basis for the lawsuit is political.

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Barnhart said: "I haven't seen a lawsuit. Arnie Rothschild knows Lovely Warren might be his only ticket to a new performing arts center. He's so desperate, he is willing to sue someone who was once like a daughter to him. This is over a disputed bill for mailing services dating back many months. But he chose now to file a lawsuit. The reason is obvious and political, and says more about the kind of people Warren and Rothschild are than it does about me."

Speaking with News10NBC, Rothschild rejected those claims. He said, “It is an old debt that we are trying to collect. The debt is a year old and we want to collect it.”

In her campaign, Barnhart has been critical of RBTL's proposal to build a performing arts center at Parcel 5. She wants to hear more public input before moving forward with development.


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