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Fundraising a mixed bag for legislators

Fundraising a mixed bag for legislators

Freshman state legislators in the Capital Region had mixed success in their first six months of fund

Freshman state legislators in the Capital Region had mixed success in their first six months of fundraising, according to campaign finance filings submitted late Monday afternoon with the state Board of Elections.

Fundraising results

Campaign fundraising results for Capital Region legislators from Jan. 12 to July 13. The following numbers are receipts, expenditures and final balances:

Marc Butler: $7,835 $8,447 $1,297

Patricia Fahy: $11,284 $8,322 $27,021

Hugh Farley: NA NA NA

Tony Jordan: $9,100 $8,511 $13,385

Peter Lopez: $16,298 $14,205 $16,259

Kathy Marchione: $95,283 $23,258 $122,321

John McDonald: $8,797 $7,517 $7,087

Angelo Santabarbara: $15,807 $11,964 $3,978

James Seward: NA NA NA

Phil Steck: $17,874 $17,233 $851

James Tedisco: $31,419 $19,781 $128,950

Cecilia Tkaczyk: $66,813 $27,637 $52,617

The biggest new earner was Sen. Kathy Marchione, R-Halfmoon, who brought in $95,283 since early January and has amassed a war chest of $122,320.79. In contrast, Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg, raised only about two-thirds as much as Marchione. And Assembly members Patricia Fahy, D-Albany; John McDonald, D-Cohoes; Angelo Santabarbara, D-Rotterdam; and Phil Steck, D-Colonie, combined to raise barely more than half what Marchione brought in.

About half of Marchione’s money came from individuals, with the biggest single check coming from Saratoga County developer Bruce Tanski, who gave $10,300. She also received $350 from the Saratoga Casino and Raceway’s Saratoga Gaming Resources LLC and was the biggest local recipient of contributions from the state’s nine racinos, which gave her $1,050 through their lobbying organization, the New York Gaming Association.

More than $7,000 was spread among Capital Region state legislators by NYGA, which spent more than $172,000 on political contributions in the last six months. Contributions in the Capital Region varied from $250 to $500 for members of the Assembly and were all around $1,000 for local state senators.

In response to questions about its contributions, NYGA President James Featherstonhaugh said: “NYGA believes in participating in government, civic duty and the political process.”

Political spending by NYGA and other gambling interests is expected to ramp up in the coming months as they advertise for or against a statewide referendum that would allow up to seven non-Indian live-table casinos in New York. Because of a last-minute change to the legislation outlining the placement of four upstate casinos, groups or individuals applying for or in possession of a non-Indian casino license will be allowed to continue to make contributions.

According to the recent filings, Tkaczyk repaid herself a campaign loan of $5,000 from last summer and Steck repaid himself $8,000 from last fall.

Assemblyman Tony Jordan, R-Jackson, has $13,384.88 in a war chest he may never need, as the three-term legislator is now vying for the job of Washington County district attorney.

He is in the process of setting up a campaign committee for that race and doesn’t know if he will move his current funds so they can be spent for his run for district attorney.

U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook, may have a challenge next year from political newcomer Sean Eldridge, who currently has the edge in campaign finances.

The independently wealthy Eldridge, whose husband is the co-founder of Facebook, has a war chest of almost $440,000, which he raised with about $220,000 in individual contributions that he matched with his own money. He didn’t accept any money from political groups. During this same period, Gibson raised almost $320,000, about two-thirds from political groups. He now has about $430,000 on hand.

A complete breakdown of campaign finance filings from Capital Region state legislators and some local candidates can be found on the Capital Region Scene blog.

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