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Cuomo Far Outpaces Astorino in Campaign Fundraising

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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Rob Astorino and Andrew Cuomo (Courtesy of the Astorino and Cuomo campaigns)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's campaign war chest grew by just $2 million since January, when it last disclosed its finances. Still, he enjoys a massive lead over his Republican challenger, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, according to new financial reports released by the campaigns.

The reports, which were due Tuesday with the New York State Board of Elections, showed that Cuomo's campaign took in $8.5 million since its last filing in January, and spent roughly $6.8 million, ending with a $35 million balance to fuel his campaign.

Among the governor's biggest donors were California billionaire Ron Burkle and New York businessman Stanley Druckenmiller. Each contributed $60,800 to Cuomo's campaign.

Astorino's campaign, meanwhile, reported a balance of $2.4 million. Jessica Proud, spokeswoman for the campaign, said when Astorino announced his candidacy in March, he started with $600,000 brought over from his previous county campaign, and his fundraising had grown to $3.4 million.

The Astorino campaign spent close to $1 million, the reports showed. One of its largest donors was Sean Fieler, a conservative hedge fund manager from Princeton, N.J. Proud said Astorino's donors contributed an average of $75 each, and came from at least 61 of New York's 62 counties.

Financial disclosure reports were last due in January. At the time, Cuomo's campaign reported a balance of about $33 million.

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