New York State Campaign Finance

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AG Schneiderman: Campaign Finance Disclosure

Thursday, December 13, 2012

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman explains the draft legislation he's issued that would require non-profit groups to disclose campaign spending.


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The Empire

NYPIRG: almost 130 donated $50k or more to candidates, parties

Friday, February 03, 2012

NYPIRG's Bil Mahoney has a new report out detailing the cash flow into the state political parties. According to his analysis, 127 donors gave $50,000 or more to state-wide candidates and political parties over the past year. These 127 all told gave nearly $17 million. As Mahoney points out:

Many of these donors took advantage of the various loopholes in New York’s campaign finance law: individuals gave more than the $150,000 annual limit by donating to political parties’ housekeeping accounts, and businesses used corporate subsidiaries and multiple LLCs to greatly surpass their corporate $5,000 annual aggregate limit.

And who was the single biggest recipient of these generous donors' bucks?

Of the donors who gave $50,000 or more, Governor Cuomo received the most money: $2,959,426.04 from 79 of these 127.

It's also worth noting that, out of the top ten donors, the Senate Republicans' campaign committee got the single largest donation from seven of them. So while Cuomo may have banked the most overall, Senate Republicans are the most favored political group of the top donors.

The full report is after the jump.

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The Empire

January campaign funds show Skelos dominating fundraising efforts

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Thanks to Bill Mahoney at NYPIRG for putting this great spreadsheet together.

The state's biannual campaign financial filing deadline is upon us, and the numbers are starting to come in. Rounding out the top-three in money raised the International Union of Operating Engineers education fund, and Senators Saland and Skelos. No one also spent more over the last six months than IUOE. They were followed by Monroe County Republicans and the Transportation Workers Union.

Here's the millionaires club--groups or candidates that had a closing balance of over a million dollars:

$1,086,830.61 -- CITIZENS FOR GULOTTA (former Nassau County Executive Thomas Gulotta)
$1,108,964.90 -- CARRION NYC (former Bronx Borough President Adolofo Carrion)
$1,169,417.40 -- FRIENDS OF DOV HIKIND (Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind)
$1,422,259.94 -- NEW YORKERS FOR GIANARIS (Queens State Senator Michael Gianaris)
$1,466,131.32 -- VALLONE FOR NEW YORK (New York City Councilman Peter Vallone, Jr.)
$1,810,010.72 -- FRIENDS FOR THE ELECTION OF DEAN SKELOS (Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos)

This spreadsheet should be updated as new data becomes available. We'd love to know if you find any interesting.

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