Admist monstrous fundraising numbers from Governor Andrew Cuomo this afternoon, two other statewide elected officials released their own totals.
And in the most recent filing at least, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is outpacing his counterpart, Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. The A.G.’s campaign said that they raised a $750,000 and has $850,000 cash on hand, while Mr. DiNapoli’s reelection effort raised less than half of that, $330,000, and closed the year with a bit over $140,000 in the bank.
Attorney General Shchneiderman’s campaign war chest compares favorably to the last two Attorney Generals at this point in their term. Former Attorney General Andrew Cuomo had $1.1 million dollars on hand in January of 2007, while Former A.G. Eliot Spitzer had $285,000 a year into his first term in 2001.
Mr. Schneiderman’s success is likely due in no small part to his status as a one of the most prominent liberal voices in the United States, including taking on a bank foreclosure deal backed by President Obama’s administration.
Of course, the Attorney General’s serving as a platform for the last successful gubernatorial campaigns increases the position’s profile as well.
The only other statewide elected official in New York State government, Lt. Governor Bob Duffy, reported raising nothing with $330,000 still in the bank.