Need more evidence that Ed Cox wants Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino to jump into the governor’s race?
Astorino’s freshly posted campaign-finance disclosure shows Cox, the state Republican Party chairman, donation $27,603 to the county executive’s political coffers in December. The donation came as Astorino publicly began weighing a potential run for governor this year and more than a month after he was elected to a second term in Westchester.
The donation neared the maximum limit in Westchester for a county-wide race, which was $27,651 last year.
Cox’s personal contribution to Astorino was revealed as he catches criticism from celebrity billionaire Donald Trump, who has publicly called for Cox to unite the entire Republican Party behind him as Trump weighs whether to launch a bid of his own.
The donation is far larger than any personal contribution Cox has made to a candidate since he took over as party chair in 2009. While he’s donated more than $300,000 to the state party’s political committee, he has limited donations to individual candidates to no more than a few thousand dollars, state Board of Elections records show.
Overall, Astorino’s filing — which was delayed due to a clerical error — shows he raised $400,000 since early December, mostly from donors in and around Westchester. He has $1 million on hand — a fraction of the massive $33.3 million Cuomo’s campaign has on hand.
The bulk of Astorino’s donations since December — about $310,000 — came from individuals. You can scroll through the records here: