NY's GOP Hopeful Future Gov Raises HUGE Campaign Money

Written By BlabberBuzz | Friday, 21 January 2022 21:45
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Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., announced Wednesday on Twitter, his campaign for governor of New York has pulled in $8.4 million from more than 30,000 donations since he started his race last April.

Zeldin reported more than $4.3 million in his latest filing from about 21,000 donations, most of which were $100 or less, for a sum of roughly $5.6 million in cash on hand. According to his campaign, the $8.4 million in receipts is the most raised by a GOP candidate for statewide office in New York during a nonelection year in the last two decades.

“Since announcing our campaign for Governor, the massive outpouring of grassroots support from every corner of our state has only grown stronger. New Yorkers from every walk of life are fed up with one-party rule, with attacks on their freedoms, their wallets, their safety, and their kids’ education, and they’re taking action.

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“This is last-stand time. In 2022, we must save our state, and it’s clear New Yorkers know it’s going to take a new generation of leadership to get the job done.

"I’m all in, and as seen once again in our latest fundraising report, tens of thousands of donors, volunteers, and other passionate, dedicated supporters from across New York are all in, too.”

Rep. Tom Suozzi has over $5 million to spend on his run to be New York’s next governor — less than half what incumbent Gov. Kathy Hochul has pulled in to defend against his and New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams’ Democratic primary challenge.

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The Suozzi campaign told The Post he’s raised $3,322,790 since announcing his candidacy on Nov. 29 and also transferred another $2,101,572 from his congressional account.

That’s a total of $5,245,224 in cash on hand ahead of the state Board of Elections’ reporting deadline on January 18.

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Since announcing her campaign for a full term in August, Hochul, who became governor after Andrew Cuomo resigned, has raised $12 million with $11.1 million in cash on hand as of November.

Her campaign declined to say anything Monday when asked for corrected fundraising numbers.

Despite the disadvantage, it’s more than enough to let the Long Island congressman staff up — contracting seven new senior staffers within the last seven weeks.

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He’s selected Jason Elan to serve as the campaign’s new communications director, former spokesman for Suffolk County Democratic Executive Steve Bellone and former staffer to both Hochul and ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Jimmy Siegal of Siegel Strategies will be Suozzi’s new media consultant — he worked on ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s 2006 gubernatorial race and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s tenuous presidential campaign.

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