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Blakeman loans campaign $250,000

Fourth Congressional District candidate Bruce Blakeman stands while

Fourth Congressional District candidate Bruce Blakeman stands while at the debate with opponent Kathleen Rice at News 12 inside their studio in Woodbury, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. Credit: Steve Pfost

WASHINGTON -- Republican businessman Bruce Blakeman has loaned his campaign another $250,000, bringing the total to $925,000, to win the open seat in the 4th Congressional District, according to a report filed last week with the Federal Election Commission.

Blakeman made the loan on Wednesday as a new Newsday/News12/Siena College Poll showed him closing in on his rival, Democrat Kathleen Rice, cutting her 18-point lead last month to 10 points and picking up support among independents and minor parties.

Blakeman campaign spokesman Matt Coleman did not respond to a request for comment.

Rice spokesman Eric Phillips called Blakeman's new loan to his campaign "pure desperation," charging that "donors are saying no to him and forcing him to spend his own millions."

Rice, the Nassau County district attorney, and Blakeman, a former presiding officer of the Nassau County Legislature, are running for the seat being vacated by retiring Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola).

Rice has been much more successful at fundraising than Blakeman, FEC records show.

During October, Rice raised more than twice as much money as Blakeman: $225,810 to $88,640.

She also had more than three times as much cash as he did on Oct. 15: $708,848 to $196,770.

That advantage allowed Rice to outspend Blakeman. In the first two weeks of this month, Rice made $408,000 in media buys as Blakeman spent $220,000 on television ads.

In the New York gubernatorial race, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo maintained his cash advantage over Republican challenger Rob Astorino.

Astorino, the Westchester County executive, reported Friday that he had raised $711,000 for his campaign in the past three weeks. He now has a little more than $1 million in his campaign account.He spent just over $500,000 on advertisements in the same period.

Cuomo's campaign reported that it raised $731,000 since Oct. 4 and has $15.8 million on hand. The Democrat reported spending more than $2.3 million on advertisements and $90,000 on polling in the past three weeks.

With wire reports

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