Item II from the Morning Memo:

Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins announced late last night that his 2014 fundraising has already surpassed the entire amount he raised for his 2012 bid, which garnered more than 50,000 votes and won his party automatic ballot status for four years.

Hawkins and his LG running mate, former NYC teacher Brian Jones, have so far raised $50,766 – about $5,000 more than Hawkins raised for his entire campaign four years ago.

More than 650 donors have contributed to the Green candidates’ effort, with an average contribution of $77 and a median contribution of $35.

Hawkins has voluntarily placed a cap of $2,600 on individual donations – the maximum allowed in federal elections. He does not accept contributions from for-profit corporations and businesses.

Hawkins success is quite modest compared to the massive number expected to be reported by Gov. Cuomo, who had $33 million on hand in January.

It’s even paltry compared to the $2.4 million Westchester County Executive and GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino will be reporting, according to today’s NY Post.

But Hawkins says his modest success demonstrates his support among working people.

“My supporters often apologize for not being able to contribute more because of a recent layoff, involuntary part-time work, low wages, medical bills, or rent that keeps rising,” Hawkins said in a press release.

“But they dig down and contribute something anyway because, they tell me, no other candidate for governor is speaking up for working people.”