ALBANY — With less than a month to go before the crucial elections that will determine control of the state Senate, the Democrats will report this week having raised $1.35 million since mid-July, the Daily News has learned.
That’s 37.8% more than the $979,594 the Dems took in during the corresponding period period in 2016.
In the current two-year campaign cycle, the Senate Dems have raised $4.9 million, including $3.25 million in 2018 alone, said Senate Democratic spokesman Mike Murphy.
The Dems since July also raised $300,000 for a second account that cannot be spent on specific candidates, but can be used on issue ads and party building purposes.
The Dems will report having $900,000 cash on hand heading into the final weeks of the campaign, Murphy said.
“This unprecedented support for Senate Democrats shows that people are aching for change in Albany,” said Sen. Michael Gianaris, the Queens Democrat who heads his conference’s campaign committee.
The Dems have been spending at a faster clip this year. The $900,000 on hand is actually lower than the nearly $1.2 million reported at the same point in 2016.
“We’ve been spending more and earlier since the influx of donations,” said Murphy, who said the Dems spent $1.8 million since mid-July and $3.1 million since January.
The Democrats need to pick up a single seat to win the majority.
Senate Republicans pooh-poohed the Democrats’ prediction of victory by noting they’ve heard it before.
They said that just like this year, Gianaris two years ago said “we have some tremendous tailwinds bolstering our cause,” and that veteran GOP senators chose not to seek reelection because they “see the writing on the wall.”
“This wasn’t last week,” Senate GOP spokesman Scott Reif said. “It wasn’t even 2018. It was 2016, when Mike Gianaris was oh-so-sure what was going on at the federal level was going to cost us our majority. We’re going to win.”
Reif wouldn’t reveal details of the Senate GOP financial filing, which will become public Tuesday.
In the battle for state attorney general, Republican Keith Wofford and Democrat Letitia James are neck-and-neck when it comes to campaign cash, new filings show.
Wofford, a corporate lawyer and first-time candidate, reported late last week having a little more than $400,000 on hand while James has about $384,000.
Wofford’s campaign since mid-July spent just under $1.4 million, including $1.1 million toward a planned $3.25 million ad campaign.
He reported receiving $755,363 in donations since July, including $300,000 from the state Republican Party.
He also personally lent his campaign $50,000 and gave himself a $31,000 in-kind contribution for travel expenses.
James, who unlike Wofford had to win a primary, reported that since her Sept. 23 postprimary filing, she has raised $320,294 and spent $210,379 — including $100,000 on TV ads.
James received $44,000 from MM Enterprises USA, a California-based cannabis company.
She got $25,000 from Scott Rechler, head of RXR Realty and a big Gov. Cuomo donor who was appointed by the governor to the MTA board, and $10,000 from the Real Estate Board political action committee representing landlords.
A recent Siena College poll had James leading Wofford by 14 points.
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, who has been backing suburban state Senate Democratic candidates, is getting involved in a Brooklyn race.
Bellone plans to help Democrat Andrew Gounardes — including donating $5,000 for his race against veteran Sen. Martin Golden (R-Brooklyn).