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Grechen Shirley’s First Ad Highlights Her Family

The first general election campaign ad of Democratic congressional candidate Liuba Grechen Shirely focuses heavily on her family and how she is balancing both a campaign and raising her kids.

The spot in particular highlights her successful effort to use campaign funds for child care during her primary bid against DuWayne Gregory.

The ad was produced by WIN Media, the firm behind the Wisconsin congressional campaign of Democrat Randy Bryce. Grechen Shirley is running to unseat Republican Rep. Peter King on Long Island.

“We need more working people in office — and that’s why I decided to run. But running for office is a full-time job. I was told that with two kids, a husband that works full time, and no childcare, that it was impossible. Well — it wasn’t impossible. It’s just really hard,” she says in the ad.

“I petitioned the Federal Election Commission to allow working parents like myself to use the funds that I’m raising for my campaign on childcare. Because we need someone who will stand up and fight for working people. And we won.”

Union Allies Fuel Hochul’s Bid

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul had a prodigious month of fundraising.

Hochul on Tuesday reported $458,578 in donations, more than the haul Gov. Andrew Cuomo brought in as she faces a Democratic primary challenge on Sept. 13 against Councilman Jumaane Williams.

In what has been one of the costliest races for the lieutenant governor nomination in recent memory, Hochul’s bid has been fueled by labor unions, many of them allies of the governor.

Hochul reported $21,100 from the Transport Workers Union, which has been full-throated in his endorsement of the governor. The political action fund of the Civil Service Employees Association, a union that sat out the race for governor in 2014, gave Hochul $15,000. The labor group endorsed the Cuomo-Hochul ticket this year.

The New York State Laborers Political Action Committee also gave Hochul $21,100, her filing shows.

And Hochul reported spending $39,500 on polling.

Williams, meanwhile, reported refunding $10,000 to a company who gave over the legal limit for corporate donations to campaigns. The Hochul campaign blasted Williams, however, for not returning an additional $40,000 in contributions given to Williams’s campaign over the legal limit from companies that appear to have common ownership.

The added money in the race has allowed Hochul to release digital advertising, and on Tuesday she continued to press the issue of Williams and his running mate, Cynthia Nixon, to force them into releasing more tax information. Both Nixon and Williams have released one year; Cuomo allies have insisted on at least five years.

“Democrats Jumaane Williams and Cynthia Nixon must come clean with the people of New York and release five years of taxes,” she said.

“Enough is enough. Mr. Williams himself sponsored a resolution demanding Trump release five year of taxes, yet he’s following right in his ultra-conservative footsteps. Cynthia Nixon preaches transparency and rails against corporations, yet she herself files as an S-Corp and has failed to disclose multiple years of tax returns to the public. Shame on Williams and Nixon. There shouldn’t be any preconditions to basic transparency. Democrats don’t do the Donald.”

NY-22: House Leadership-Aligned Super PAC Releases New Ad

The super PAC aligned with the House Republican leadership on Tuesday released another ad in the 22nd congressional race, knocking Democratic challenger Anthony Brindisi as a “reliable rubber stamp” for Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

“For years, New York taxpayers have suffered from Anthony Brindisi’s record of raising taxes on Utica and liberal spending while he’s served as a rubber stamp for Governor Cuomo and disgraced Sheldon Silver’s liberal policies,” said Michael Byerly, a spokesman for the Congressional Leadership Fund. “In Congress, Brindisi would rubber stamp Nancy Pelosi’s extreme agenda of higher taxes and increased spending. Taxpayers in New York’s 22nd district simply can’t afford Anthony Brindisi in Congress.”

The ad will air in the Binghamton and Utica media markets.

The ad comes a day after President Donald Trump held a fundraiser for Tenney in Utica, with tickets to the event running as high as $15,000.

Eve Releases First Campaign Ads

Democratic attorney general candidate Leecia Eve on Thursday released her first TV ads of her campaign, both of them highlighting her legal challenge to the requirement that imprisoned women give birth while shackled.

“As a young lawyer, I took on a prison system so no woman had to give birth shackled to a bed,” Eve says in the ad while holding a pair of manacles. “Now I’m running for Attorney General to stand up to Donald Trump’s assault on our rights.”

Eve is a former aide to Hillary Clinton and Gov. Andrew Cuomo. She’s running in a competitive four-way field for the Democratic nomination for attorney general, facing New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, Zephyr Teachout and Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney.

The winner of the Sept. 13 primary faces Republican nominee Keith Wofford.

The seat is open this year following the resignation of Democrat Eric Schneiderman in May amid domestic abuse allegations. Attorney General Barbara Underwood, appointed by the Legislature to complete his term, is not running.

“Over the last several weeks I have traveled across New York speaking directly to voters about the critical role the Attorney General’s office plays in their lives. Now more than ever, New Yorkers need a steady hand and a strong voice to protect, defend and empower them against Donald Trump and the attacks on our basic human rights,” Eve said in a statement.

“I look forward to continuing to bring my message to every corner of the state, and to helping New York be a leader in demanding justice that is rooted in our tradition as the most progressive state in the nation.”

In Ad, Maloney Pledges To Defend New York ‘With A Baseball Bat’

Democratic candidate for attorney general Sean Patrick Maloney on Tuesday released a 30-second TV spot that highlights both his family and his willingness to push back against the policies of President Donald Trump’s administration.

In the ad, Maloney posits a “Straw Dogs” like scenario as an allegory for pushing back if elected attorney general.

“I feel like there’s a group of men who have shown up with Donald Trump in the front yard and they’re getting ready to tear this house apart,” Maloney says in the ad. “And I’m going to stand in the hallway with a baseball bat, because I don’t have a choice. My kids are upstairs asleep.”

The ad also spotlights Maloney’s family, but central to virtually every campaign in the attorney general race has been opposition to Trump and pledges to blunt their impact in New York.

Maloney faces a four-way primary with New York City Public Advocate Tish James, Leecia Eve and Zephyr Teachout.

The ad comes as Maloney is planning 30 town halls over the next month ahead of the Sept. 13 Democratic primary.

NY-21: Stefanik Campaign Releases Digital Ad

Rep. Elise Stefanik’s re-election campaign on Tuesday released a digital ad criticizing her opponent, Democrat Tedra Cobb.

In the ad, Stefanik’s campaign highlights Cobb, while being secretly recorded, backing a ban on some firearms, but telling a group of supporters she could not take that position publicly.

“Then when Taxin’ Tedra was secretly caught supporting banning guns, she confessed that admitting that in public would destroy her campaign,” the ad says.

“If we can’t trust Tedra Cobb the candidate, how can we ever trust her in Congress?”

Stefanik is seeking a third term to the sprawling 21st congressional district in the state’s North Country.

Nixon And Williams Call On Hochul To Pull Ad

Cynthia Nixon and her running mate in a joint statement on Monday called on Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul to pull “an offensive, deceptive ad” that criticizes Williams over his personal finances.

“Andrew Cuomo and Kathy Hochul should be ashamed of this ad and should take it down immediately,” they said in the statement.

“It’s incredibly offensive to say that someone is unqualified for public office because their small business shuttered, or because they are going through a foreclosure. We expect this sort of dog-whistling and poor-shaming from Republicans— not Democrats.”

Nixon and Williams are escalating their own attacks on the attack ad that was released on Friday, which takes Williams to task for a foreclosed property, a debt from a failed business and money owed in back taxes.

Williams has insisted he has no more debts.

At the same time, both Nixon and Williams have sought to flip the script as it were on the ad, highlighting the criticism of someone who struggles financially underscores their main argument in the campaign.

“If anything, we need more elected officials who know what it’s like to struggle, who can empathize with the challenges that New Yorkers are facing every day,” Nixon and Williams said in the statement.

That’s why as the daughter of a single mom and the son of immigrants, we are running to take on corporate Democrats like Andrew Cuomo and Kathy Hochul. The Governor and his running mate have always put their Wall Street donors first, and this ad is merely the latest example of just how out of touch they’ve become.”

Cuomo Digital Ad Touts Support From Women

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s campaign on Thursday released a digital ad touting his support from women as he seeks a third term.

The ad features highlights from a Brooklyn Women for Cuomo event last weekend, pointing to his efforts to fight sexual assault on college campuses, harassment in the workplace and bolstering businesses owned by women and people of color.

The ad features Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul and the governor’s endorsed candidate for attorney general, New York City Public Advocate Letitia James.

“We’re going to bring a level of change to this state and make it a model against what President Trump is doing,” Cuomo says in the ad.

Cuomo faces actress and education advocate Cynthia Nixon in a Democratic primary on Sept. 13.

Public polling has shown Cuomo retains a majority of support from women, both Democrats and general election voters.

But Cuomo has come under criticism for remarks about sexual harassment, telling a woman reporter in December that a question about it did a “disservice to women” because it was too narrowly focused. Cuomo also raised eyebrows when he joked at the Brooklyn women event that “usually it is worse” to be a room of women.

Brindisi Seeks To Fact Check Tenney Ad With An Ad Of His Own

An ad released this week by Rep. Claudia Tenney’s re-election campaign is being disputed by her Democratic opponent, Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi.

Brindisi is releasing an ad of his own, noting that he does not want to abolish the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, wants to bolster border security, is opposed to making New York a sanctuary state and won’t back Rep. Nancy Pelosi for another term as the Democratic leader in the House of Representatives.

For now, it’s not clear who else would be in line to succeed Pelosi as the Democratic leader in the House.

“Claudia Tenney pulled her last attack ad off the air because voters weren’t buying it. Instead of working to fix our broken immigration system with bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform, Claudia Tenney is lying about Anthony’s record to divide Upstate New Yorkers,” said Ellen Foster, Brindisi’s campaign manager. “It won’t work. We’ll continue to set the record straight and run a campaign free from the corporate influence that pays for Tenney’s ads.”

Updated: The Tenney campaign responded to the ad, saying their spot had not been pulled but had completed its run.

“Anthony Brindisi thinks pounding the table and feigning outrage can save him. It won’t. Brindisi’s entire campaign is built upon lies and he will be exposed. Brindisi is a corrupt Albany liberal who’s taken $14,000 from Nancy Pelosi because he will support her extreme agenda just like he supported corrupt Speaker Silver’s agenda over 90% and voted for Silver for Speaker even after Silver used taxpayer money to silence victims of sexual harassment.”

Molinaro’s First TV Ad Stars His Mom

The first TV ad from Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro gives a starring role to his mother Dona.

The ad, called “Thanks, Mom” serves a biographical sketch of the Dutchess County executive who was raised by a single parent.

“My mother was everything to me as a boy; she was one of my heroes, and still is,” Molinaro said. “She doesn’t think herself remarkable – but she is. Every day I find myself even more grateful to her. As voters get to know me, I thought it important that they see where I came from. This ad, I hope, is a breath of fresh air; it’s honest and authentic and explains who made me who I am: my mom.”