Cuomo raises $8.5M for campaign, far outpacing foe

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo raised another $8.5 million for his re-election bid, adding to a campaign account that now boasts a balance of more than $35 million, more than 14 times his opponent’s.

The numbers come from campaign finance reports filed Tuesday and show that Cuomo, the Democratic incumbent, continues to have a substantial advantage over Republican candidate Rob Astorino, whose campaign account has a balance of $2.4 million.

The disclosures cover a six-month period that ended last week.

Recent donors to Cuomo’s campaign include some recognizable names, including actress Mariska Hargitay, the star of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit ($5,000); California grocery store magnate Ron Burkle ($60,800); moviemaker Steven Spielberg ($25,000) and hedge fund manager Stanley Druckenmiller ($60,800).

Cuomo’s campaign paid $6.8 million in campaign expenses over the filing period. He began the year with $33 million in his account.

Expenses listed in the report include payments for campaign staffers, consultants and pollsters; agencies that create television advertisements as well as food and beverages for fundraisers.

Astorino, now the county executive in Westchester County, raised $3.4 million throughout the period. He took in $2.8 million from more than 4,000 donors and also transferred $600,000 from his county campaign fund.

After expenses were deducted, Astorino’s balance stood at $2.4 million on Friday.

Polls have consistently given Cuomo a commanding 2-to-1 lead over Astorino. One of Astorino’s greatest hurdles may be his lack of name recognition, with polls suggesting that many voters have no opinion of him. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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