Unions, charter school boosters, the hospital lobby and other special interests have spent $2.2 million on independent expenditures in New York state races this year. Of the Senate spending, 69 percent is benefiting Democrats who have aligned with Republicans.
Cuomo campaign spends twice as much as it did fending off left-flank challenger Zephyr Teachout in 2014
A group of New York State Senate Democrats that aligned with Republicans is refusing to return hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of contributions, mostly from corporations and PACs, that the state Supreme Court ruled illegal in June.
Just 2.1 percent of the campaign cash received by members of the recently shuttered Independent Democratic Conference, which aligned with Republicans, came in the form of donations of $200 or less.
New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand joins four liberal colleagues in sponsoring a bill to cancel Puerto Rico’s massive debt. But she has accepted campaign donations from executives of several hedge funds profiting from Puerto Rico’s obligations.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Puerto Rico this week to help rebuilding efforts. But his reelection campaign has accepted five-figure donations from top financial executives whose firms’ demands have led to austerity measures there.
Donations from individuals for $250 or less accounted for $63,694 of Cuomo’s $5.85 million haul, or 1.09 percent of the amount he’s raised since mid-January
Areas billed as safe havens for undocumented immigrants seeking reprieve are continuing to contract with ICE despite being labeled as “sanctuary” jurisdictions.
Attorney Antonio Delgado was the fundraising leader in the jam-packed primary, raising $2.28 million this election cycle.