Democratic activist and donor Bill Samuels is calling for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to transfer $10 million from his overflowing campaign war chest to the coffers of the state Senate Democrats to help them in their quest to re-take control of the chamber.

“Without a Democratic governing majority in the State Senate, the progressive agenda is doomed,” said Samuels, who served as Finance Chair for the Senate Democrats the last time they took the majority in 2008.

“This is why Democrat leaders around the state – including Mayor Bill de Blasio – are so focused on taking back the State Senate from Republicans,” Samuels continued.

“If Cuomo is serious about passing real campaign finance reform, a real minimum wage increase, real tenant protections, and a real DREAM Act, he will put his money where his mouth is, and invest $10 million of his own campaign funds to ensure that Senate Democrats regain control.”

Cuomo had $35 million on hand in July, and was raising cash hand-over-fist prior to the primary. He spent several million dollars on the primary, but still has vastly more on hand than his GOP challenger, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino.

Samuels noted that there is currently no limit on the amount of money that can be transferred from one campaign account into another.

(That’s thanks in part, of course, to the fact that Cuomo failed to use his political capital to push the Senate Republicans on the issue of campaign finance reform).

The governor pledged as part of his endorsement deal with the Working Families Party to support a full Democratic takeover of the Senate – something he had previously declined to back, and even arguably thwarted with his support of the IDC’s power-sharing deal with the Republicans.

But after the deal the WFP struck with Cuomo, the IDC also made its own deal to break with its Republican partners and forge a new power-sharing agreement with the so-called “regular” Democrats.

But that deal won’t come to fruition until after the November elections, and some skeptics question whether the agreement will hold if the Republicans manage to win the 32 seats necessary to take the majority.

When the WFP deal was struck, it was reported that Cuomo had vowed to provide up to $10 million for various Senate Democrat campaigns.

But since then, Cuomo hasn’t ponied up a dime or spent time campaigning with key Democratic candidates, though arguably, he was a little tied up with his own primary battle.

The governor even went so far as to publicly lament the surprise loss of Buffalo Sen. Mark Grisanti in last week’s GOP primary, even though that loss was very good for the Senate Democrats and greatly improved their outlook in November.

Meanwhile, de Blasio, who orchestrated the WFP-Cuomo endorsement deal, has been pulling out all the stops to assist the Senate Democrats, even loaning them his top political aide, Emma Wolfe, in advance of the general elections.

De Blasio believes he’ll have a better shot at getting his progressive agenda through Albany if the Senate is controlled by a conference dominated by downstate Democrats, but that might not prove true with all his policy proposals.

Samuels has been (largely unsuccessfully) pressing Cuomo on a host of reform issues for several years now, and also calling him out for failing to act on a statewide campaign finance system.

“After governing like a Republican, it’s not enough for Cuomo to make a few campaign appearances with Senate Democrats,” Samuels said.

“To follow through on his deal with the Working Families Party and prove he is a real Democrat, Cuomo needs to spend big for a Democratic takeover of the State Senate in November.”

“He can’t leave anything to chance or rely on outside groups and independent expenditures. He has to lead and give the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee real resources so that victory is clinched in November and progressivism prevails.”