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Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy, whose name had been floated for jobs back in his home city of Rochester, collected not a cent in campaign contributions in 2013, election records show.

Duffy’s future on the Cuomo ticket was the topic of much speculation in 2013 as his name was mentioned among candidates for high-salary jobs back in the city where he was mayor and police chief. Duffy squelched those reports, saying he was sticking with Cuomo as the team runs for a second term.

In addition to collecting no campaign contributions, Duffy reported having just over $234,000 in his own account.

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In contrast, Duffy had collected about $34,000 in contributions in the six months previous to January 2013.

Not that the ticket will need it. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Wednesday reported more than $33.3 million in his campaign account, an almost unassailable figure. In the last six months, Cuomo raised $7 million.

There was no immediate comment from Duffy.

The other statewide officials also released their six-month fundraising reports.
Democratic Attorney General Eric Schneiderman reported just over $5.9 million on hand after raising $2.1 million.

Democratic Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli reported $2 million on hand after raising $1.2 million in the last six months.

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The most lucrative fundraising period, however, is just beginning and will continue through the legislative session and into the heated summer and fall campaigns.