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Altschuler outspent Bishop in race's last days

Randy Altschuler attends a Veterans Day ceremony at

Randy Altschuler attends a Veterans Day ceremony at Long Island Cemetery in Calverton. (Nov. 11, 2010) Photo Credit: Newsday File

In the race for the East End's 1st Congressional District, Republican Randy Altschuler outspent incumbent Democrat Tim Bishop in the final days before the Nov. 2 vote, records show.

Altschuler, a millionaire, spent $1.2 million in the Oct. 14-Nov. 22 period, according to the Federal Election Commission. Bishop, a former provost of Southampton College, spent $859,768. The largest expenditures were for advertising.

During the two-year election cycle, Altschuler spent $4.2 million compared with Bishop's $2.5 million. However, the Republican's total includes a $2.5 million outlay for a three-way primary contest.

The race is too close to call more than a month after Election Day, with Bishop holding a narrow lead over Altschuler.

Both candidates have made fundraising appeals to pay for lawyers overseeing the recount. Altschuler had $199,820 left in his campaign treasury as of Nov. 22; Bishop had $315,390.

Altschuler raised $1.5 million between Oct. 14 and Nov. 22, including $1.3 million from his personal bank account. Among the notable donors were cosmetics executive Ronald Lauder, who gave $2,400.

Bishop collected $357,239 in the period. His contributors included former Rep. Michael Forbes who once held the House seat and gave $1,500.

Campaign finance reports were incomplete in the other watched congressional race on Long Island, between Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola) and Nassau Legis. Francis X. Becker Jr. (R-Lynbrook).

McCarthy raised $119,214 in the 40 days ended Nov. 22, spent $454,923 and had $192,845 left over. Becker, whose strong challenge of McCarthy surprised some political experts, had not filed his fundraising report as of Friday.

In the Island's three other House races, incumbents collected far more cash and spent more than their challengers.

Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) raised $263,326 in the period, spent $186,757 and had cash on hand of $1.8 million. Democrat Howard Kudler had no activity.

Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) collected $77,435, spent $401,870 and had $387,500 left over. GOP executive John Gomez raised $62,756, spent $179,227 and had cash on hand of $15,551.

Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Roslyn Heights) raised $111,502, spent $329,068 and had $617,985 left. GOP doctor James Milano got $13,100, spent $27,363 and had cash on hand of $982.

In the two U.S. Senate contests, the fundraising reports were incomplete.

A filing for incumbent Democrat Charles Schumer was not posted on the election commission's website Friday night. His spokesman couldn't immediately provide details.

Republican challenger Jay Townsend also wasn't able to provide information but said his accountant had sent the forms through postal mail.

Incumbent Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand collected $157,149 in the Oct. 14-Nov. 22 period, spent $677,719 and had cash on hand of $272,493. She faces re-election in two years for a full six-year term. Opponent Joseph DioGuardi didn't respond to a email request Friday.

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