Update: The campaign’s filing has been posted on the state Board of Elections website showing $668,821 in the bank for Rick Lazio’s gubernatorial campaign. He raised $1.4 million in the last six months and spent $1.6 million. There is little difference to the amount of money Lazio had on hand in the middle of January when he reported $637,356.
Republican candidate for governor Rick Lazio has raised $3 million total, with 90 percent of the contributors coming in the last six months, spokesman Barney Keller said this morning.
It is unclear how much Lazio, a former congressman from Long Island, actually has in the bank. His Democratic opponent, Andrew Cuomo, raised more than $9 million since mid January and has $23.6 million on hand. His possible GOP primary opponent, Carl Paladino of Buffalo, raised $1.7 million and plans to spend $10 million on the effort.
But Keller noted that the campaign attracted 3,514 donors, compared to 3,951 individual donors for Cuomo, the state attorney general.
“We really had a plethora of online activity” since the GOP convention in June, Keller said.
He added that after Lazio raised concerns about a mosque being built two blocks north of the World Trade Center site, more donations were made to the campaign. A full report on the Board of Elections website was due out later today, Keller said.