The lobbying entity formed to back Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s fiscal agenda raised more than $1 million last year from five donors, according to the the group’s 2012 federal tax filing shows.

It’s a more modest fundraising figure for the pro-business group that so far this year has remained dormant as Cuomo has sought a decidedly liberal agenda that included a raise in the state’s minimum wage and an extension of a tax surcharge on the wealthy.

By contrast, the coalition of business, real estate and private-sector union interests raised $17.5 million from 74 donors in 2011.

The filing, made available today, shows the Committee to Save New York received individual contributions of $25,000, $250,000, $275,000 and $600,000. The identities of donors were not disclosed, but the source of a $10,000 grant from the Coalition for New York’s Future was named.

The dramatic reduction in donors coincided with the development of disclosure rules for lobbyists from the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, which ultimately backed a relatively narrow look-back period.

The lobbying entity was formed in early 2011 to boost Cuomo’s fiscal goals, which included spending reductions, a property tax cap and a new, less generous pension tier.

The group spent more than $4 million on an advertising campaign in 2012, down from the $12 million blitz in 2011.

Records show the group also contracted Mercury Public Affairs to handle its press for $139,652. Michael McKeon, a former aide to Gov. George Pataki and the head of Republicans for Cuomo handled the committee’s press work.

Still, the committee’s ad campaign in 2012 proved helpful in a challenging second year for Cuomo, who successfully won the creation of Tier Six in March 2012.

Though the coalition has not voluntarily release the names of its donors, it would be later revealed past donors included utility ConEd, a law firm Cuomo investigated as attorney general and along with gambling interests.

This year Cuomo has started to rely heavily on an ad campaign from the state Democratic Committee, blanketing airwaves with spots promoting his budget plan and, more recently, his ethics overhaul legislation.

So far the group is yet to file paperwork with the Joint Commission on Public Ethics to lobby the state in 2013.

The tax filing reports the Committee to Save New York has $2.1 million in remaining assets.

CSNY_Form 990 Redacted Final Version by Nick Reisman