The deadline for receiving campaign contributions for the state Board of Elections’ next reporting period is today.

And even though Gov. Andrew Cuomo is 1) sitting on $19.3 million worth of political cash as of mid-July; 2) fresh off hosting one of his biggest fund-raising events of the year – his 55th birthday bash at the Waldorf Astoria for which tickets ranged from $1,500 to $50,000 a pop; and 3) pushing for campaign finance reform; he’s still interested in squeezing some additional dollars out of his donors before reporting his latest haul to the Board on Jan. 15.

The governor’s campaign committee sent out the following email this afternoon with the subject line “show your support”:

Dear Friend,

It has been an exciting week in Albany to say the least. Governor Cuomo delivered his third State of the State Address outlining an aggressive agenda to continue to help build a new New York.

In just two short years in office, the Governor has changed the trajectory of this state and we couldn’t be more proud. But, with much more work to be done, we need your help to continue this momentum.

Today marks an important financial deadline for the campaign and we are asking for your help.

Show your support of the Governor by contributing $5, $10 or $50 RIGHT NOW. Click here to contribute.

Your support is vital in helping Governor Cuomo continue his efforts on behalf of New Yorkers and his ambitious agenda for our state in 2013.

Thank you for all your continued support. We couldn’t do it without you.

Sincerely,
Cuomo 2014

The link brings you to this page on the governor’s on-government website.

It’s interesting that Cuomo is using his State of the State address as a fundraising tool – especially since he also used the speech to call for campaign finance reform, which he called “imperative for rebuilding trust in government.” (P. 188-195)

“For most offices, New York State’s contribution ‘limits’ are substantially higher than those of any other state that imposes limits, and they are so high as to ensure that large donors dominate major political campaigns and candidates spend as much time as possible raising money from donors rather than talking with voters about issues,” Cuomo said in the written version of the SoS.

“…In order to empower middle class New Yorkers and restore public faith in State government, key reforms must be made to the State’s approach to campaign financing and disclosure.”

Cuomo called for lowering contribution limits; requiring that all contributions of more than – including to independent expenditure entities – be disclosed within 48 hours, or 24 hours close to Election Day; and creating a publicly funded campaign finance system.