From the Morning Memo:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has the resources — money, staff, advertising — to show the fundamentals of his campaign are strong.

He’s raised $6 million in half a year, a pace of $1 million a month, and has spent heavily on TV ads, $1.7 million out of his campaign alone, not counting the advertising budget for the state Democratic Committee.

He’s helped fellow Democrats as well, sending money to state Senate candidates in competitive races in the New York City suburbs and his lieutenant governor, Kathy Hochul, as she seeks a third term.

His main competition — Democratic primary opponent Cynthia Nixon, independent candidate Stephanie Miner and Republican Marc Molinaro — all began their fundraising this year, giving him a huge advantage in the raising for this election cycle.

But Cuomo’s filing this week undergirded arguments being made by his opponents: He’s raising money from people who have business before state and the effort to raise money from small-dollar donors is being aided in part by family members of his staff.

Cuomo’s campaign has continued to insist large donations from major contributors don’t influence government actions.

Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, who have given $130,000 to Cuomo’s campaign this year, had their cryptocurrency approved by state regulators in May. But other donors have not been as successful: Tom Wilmot, another high-dollar Cuomo donor, did not receive any state assistance for his del Lago casino in the Finger Lakes as he’s sought.

Cuomo’s campaign also defended the small-dollar donor campaign, noting Nixon’s campaign also has received donations from contributors with personal connections to Nixon’s staff.

“We rolled out a new low dollar campaign to reach a wide variety of supporters and as part of that effort reached out to our network, just as Ms. Nixon’s campaign has dozens of contributions from her staff and their family members,” said Abbey Collins, a Cuomo campaign spokeswoman. “As the latest filing and poll numbers show, Cynthia’s campaign is on life support, which is why her lines are getting increasingly more combative and desperate.”

Cuomo’s campaign late Tuesday afternoon also announced some $534,000 in donations would be donated to causes like hurricane relief for Puerto Rico, groups that support reproductive rights and immigration services. The money was given by developers who were convicted last week of receiving rigged bids connected to Buffalo Billion economic development program.

The contributions themselves were not at issue in the trial.

The Nixon campaign scoffed at the move.

“Just days ago, the Governor ridiculously stated that the Buffalo Billion trial had ‘nothing to do with any campaign donations.’ It took 5 days of pressure from Cynthia Nixon and good government advocates like former US Attorney Preet Bharara for Cuomo to finally admit that the corruption trial had everything to do with his donations and finally return the money,” said Nixon spokeswoman Lauren Hitt.

“The question now is will the Governor return the $400,000 in donations from Crystal Run that are currently under FBI investigation? Or the $64,000 he took from Donald Trump? Or the thousands he took from the vulture funds that devastated Puerto Rico? Or the $800,000 he got from ICE’s landlords? To be fair, when you’re as bought and paid for by Republicans and corporate interests as Governor Cuomo, it’s hard to find where to draw the line.”

In a normal election year, Cuomo’s $31 million war chest would be another sign he’s in good shape to win a third term, alongside public polling that has him up by double-digits.

Blanketing the airwaves and social media ads can suffocate any rival campaign’s message. The year has the potential to be a wave year for Democrats and Cuomo has been pounding an unpopular Republican president.

And yet, the Nixon campaign continues to hold up the example of the upset victory in June of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over Rep. Joe Crowley, where small-dollar grassroots campaigning prevailed over an incumbent with money and good poll numbers.

The difference that Nixon will have to demonstrate is winning such a primary on a statewide scale against a candidate who won’t be caught napping with less than a month to go.