Schneiderman Kicks In $250K, Coffey $1 M (Updated)
Sen. Eric Schneiderman has loaned his campaign another $250,000, bringing his self-funding total to $455,000.
But that’s nothing compared to the Democratic AG race’s top self-funder, Sean Coffey, who loaned his campaign another $1 million on top of the $3 million he has already spent on his first-ever statewide effort. Otherwise, his fudraising was pretty paltry: $39,120 from individuals.
In addition, the Manhattan Democrat (whose 11-day pre-primary filing is not yet on-line at the state Board of Elections Website), raised approximately $380,000 over the past 18 days, according to his campaign.
Schneiderman’s campaign did not release his spending total, but did say he has about $1.3 million on hand. The press release highlights his support from women (ahem, Nassau County DA Kathleen Rice), saying about 38 percent of his individual contributors came from female donors.
All told, Schneiderman has raised $3.4 million for his AG bid. His campaign spun the $250,000 loan as a positive, saying it’s a sign that the candidate believes he’s “on the verge of winning this race.”
“We are gratified by the outpouring of support Eric Schneiderman is amassing from New Yorkers all across the state,” said Schneiderman campaign spokesman James Freedland.
“With by far the deepest and broadest coalition of progressive activists and grassroots leaders, the best ground game, and plenty of resources, Eric Schneiderman is in an excellent position to win this race.”
The campaign insists the $380,000 Schneiderman has raised is the most of any AG candidate this period. (NOTE: A perusal of the other campaigns’ filings, most of which were not announced via press release, although Rice’s camp lauded her cash-on-hand, proves the Schneiderman campaign is right).
Rice, according to her filing, which is on-line now, raised $278,405, spent $1.9 million and has $2.8 million on hand.
Ditto for Eric Dinallo, who raised $66,908, spent $52,642 and has $1.6 million on hand.
UPDATE: Coffey campaign spokeswoman Tammy Sun sent over the following comment:
“As a political newcomer, Sean Coffey is proud to have raised over $2.5 million from a diverse base of donors large and small.”
“While his opponents rely on fundraising machines built over the course of long political careers, Sean is an outsider who has spent the overwhelming majority of his time talking directly with voters in every corner of the state.”
“His personal investment gives him the independence people are looking for in their next attorney general. People trust that Sean Coffey will fight for them – and only them.”
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