A few more tidbits from key state Senate races as we continue to make sense of the latest round of campaign-finance filings in New York:
— New Rochelle businessman Bob Cohen, a Republican seeking a competitive Senate seat in Westchester County, reported a six-month total of $420,000 in receipts, which — after about $204,000 in expenses — brought his total to $426,120.
It gives him a significant financial edge over his opponents: Democratic Assemblyman George Latimer of Rye ($233,354 on hand) and North Castle Councilwoman Diane DiDonato-Roth, a Republican (
$50,000 on hand, according to her campaign. More than $800 in debt, according to her filing, which was made late.)
But a closer look at Cohen’s receipts show a big bump from the campaign of Senate Republicans’, who are targeting the seat to bolster their majority (which currently stands at 33-29, though four Democrats caucus independently.)
Of Cohen’s $420,000 raised since January, $102,400 came from the Senate Republican Campaign Committee. Another $10,000 came from Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos’ campaign account.
Still, a total of about $317,857 came from contributions during the just-closed filing period — a significant amount for a non-incumbent.
Separately, Cohen also loaned his account $15,000 in January, meaning he has about $135,000 in outstanding loans from himself.
— Sen. Greg Ball, a Patterson, Putnam County, Republican known for his campaigning skills, raised close to $200,000 over the past six months, a solid haul for a first-term senator.
But the mid-July closing balance of his campaign account was actually less than it was in January. Ball’s campaign outspent its six-month fundraising haul by about $63,700, leaving it with a balance of $232,944.
Ball’s expenses show the funds were spent on a variety of things, from a total of $1,037 on “staff uniforms,” to a variety of print advertisements in local weekly publications, to campaign printing costs, to money spent on free barbecues thrown for constituents in his district.
His Democratic opponent — Croton-on-Hudson attorney Justin Wagner — raised about $114,505 since January, his filing shows. He spent about $42,371 over the same time period, giving him a balance on hand of about $161,110.
— There was only one candidate for the general election which garnered financial support since March from the cash-strapped, debt-saddled Democratic Senate Campaign Committee: Monroe County legislator Ted O’Brien.
The DSCC’s filing shows the committee spent $7,400 on O’Brien, an Irondequoit Democrat. He’s facing off against Assemblyman Sean Hanna, R-Mendon, Monroe County, for the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. James Alesi, R-Greece.
But the Senate Republicans’ campaign committee spent more heavily on Hanna — a total of $65,189 since March.
Hanna also has a significant lead in his own campaign coffer, with a total of $206,359 on hand after a six-month haul of $11,983. O’Brien — who announced his run for the seat in May — raised $67,377 since then, loaned his campaign $28,000, and has $98,958 on hand.