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Cuomo's big donors boost his campaign fund to $22M

Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has collected mostly five-figure donations to build an almost unassailable campaign fund over the last six months even as he seeks to limit future donations in a campaign finance reform law.

A New York Public Interest Group analysis shows about 80 percent of Cuomo's donations were for $10,000 or more to give him a mid-term campaign fund of $22 million.

Cuomo's total donations for the six-month reporting period of $4 million was down slightly from past periods because many of his big donors hit the current donation limit that Cuomo has said is too high.

State Board of Elections reports also show the campaign cash collected by other state officials over the last six months.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.