Democrats in the New York state Senate a year ago secured a supermajority by winning seats in the downstate suburbs as well as in urban and rural areas of upstate New York. To defend that advantage, Democrats in the chamber have been fundraising over the last six months leading into this current cycle. On the Republican side, meanwhile, gubernatorial hopeful Lee Zeldin has reported $5.6 million in cash on hand in his march for the GOP nomination.
Here's a look at today's campaign news in New York:
Democrats have $3 million in total cash on hand
The fundraising arm of the Democratic conference in the state Senate raised $922,423 between July and January, a spokesman on Wednesday said. The conference's "housekeeping" account — where donations have no limits, but how the money is used is restricted — raised $559,900.
All told, the main campaign account has $2.5 million in the bank, with the housekeeping committee $450,155 in cash for the coming election season. The fundraising has been keeping pace with the 2020 filing when the conference won their supermajority.
Zeldin raises $4.3 million
Republican U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin over the last six months has raised $4.3 million. The figure includes 21,000 donations, with 90% of those contributions coming from checks of $100 or less. His campaign has $5.6 million in cash on hand.
Zeldin is vying along with Andrew Giuliani and Rob Astorino for the GOP nomination. Since announcing his bid, the Long Island lawmaker has locked up the endorsements of nearly all of the Republican county leaders in the state. A straw poll last year led party chairman Nick Langworthy to declare Zeldin is the "preferred" candidate for the Republicans.
“Since announcing our campaign for Governor, the massive outpouring of grassroots support from every corner of our state has only grown stronger," Zeldin said. "New Yorkers from every walk of life are fed up with one-party rule, with the attacks on their freedoms, their wallets, their safety and their kids' education, and they’re taking action."
Seinfeld for Hochul; Scaramucci for Suozzi
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld, who had a sitcom in the 90s, contributed $50,000 to Hochul's re-election campaign, her campaign filing shows.
Her rival for the Democratic nomination, Rep. Tom Suozzi, received $22,600 from Anthony Scaramucci and an identical amount from his wife Deidre. Scaramucci was a very short-lived press secretary for President Donald Trump who has since become a Trump critic.
Capital Region Democrats back Hochul
Hochul in the last several days has locked up endorsements from prominent Democrats in the Capital Region, including U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko and Albany County Executive Dan McCoy. On Wednesday, she was endorsed by the Saratoga Springs Democratic Committee.
“Governor Hochul’s visits to our community enabled us to get to know her priorities and we believe she is the right person to move our community and state forward,” said Saratoga Springs Democratic Committee Chairperson Pat Tuz. “The kind of responsiveness that Governor Hochul provides has a great impact on our ability to move our agenda items forward, benefitting the growth and success of Saratoga Springs. We want that partnership to continue.”