NYS Senate GOP fundraising outpaces Dems


NYS Senate GOP fundraising outpaces Dems
NYS Senate GOP fundraising outpaces Dems


Monday, July 17, 2017, 4:02 AM

Here's an expanded version of the second item from my "Albany Insider" column from Monday's print editions:

With next year’s battle for control of the state Senate fast approaching, the Republicans on Monday will report having more than twice as much campaign money on hand than the chamber’s mainline Democrats.

Senate Republicans in their campaign finance disclosure filings due Monday will report having nearly $1.4 million cash in hand combined in their two state campaign accounts after having raised $1.85 million the past six months.

The Republican haul is about a quarter of a million ahead of the $1.1 million the GOP pulled in at the same point of the last election cycle

Most of the money on hand--about $1.3 million--is in the Senate Republican Campaign Committee's regular account. That's about $450,000 ahead of the $847,316 the GOP banked during the same period in 2015.

“Whether it's securing the largest investment in history for clean water, providing another round of STAR rebate checks to seniors and homeowners, enacting the most comprehensive workers' comp reform in a decade or bringing ridesharing and new jobs to Upstate New York, people recognize that Senate Republicans are getting real results that improve the quality of their lives," said Senate GOP spokesman Scott Reif.

"Our strong fundraising totals show we are going to win overwhelming victories next year and grow our majority for the future."Our strong fundraising totals show we are going to win overwhelming victories next year and grow our majority for the future,” Reif added.

The Senate Dems, meanwhile, will report having raised more than $700,000 combined for their two campaign accounts over the past six months. The Dems will have just under $600,000 on hand.

While some of the donations were transfers from different Senate Dems, the bulk were donations from individuals and groups, said Sen. Michael Gianaris, the Queens Democrat who heads the state Senate Democratic Campaign Committee.

A good portion of the money from the past six months came from a fund-raiser headlined by Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, the deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

Gianaris said the recent fund-raiser brought in $350,000.

The totals are about the same as in July filings in previous non-election years. In 2015, the Dems raised a combined $815,984 in their two accounts and had $729,081 on hand.

Gianaris said that the mainline Dems are on pace to have $1 million on hand heading into the 2018 election year, "which is always a strong barometer for us."

"The DSCC's strong filing shows that New Yorkers want us to keep winning elections for good Democrats," Gianairs said. "We thank our supporters for their confidence."

The Democratic party actually currently holds a majority of the seats in the Senate but the Republicans control the chamber thanks to Sen. Simcha Felder, a Brooklyn Democrat who caucuses with the GOP, and a group of eight other breakaway Democrats aligned with them.

The eight-member Independent Democratic Conference, will disclose on Monday that they have about $1 million on hand in its party campaign account, the State Of Politics blog reported Friday.

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