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On the verge of a potentially fierce multi-way primary, Attorney General candidate Kathleen Rice, the Nassau DA, drew renewed notice last week for hefty contributions received from the personal firm Weitz & Luxemberg, the firm with which Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is associated. Last spring she hired Justin Weitz, the top partner’s son, as an assistant district attorney.
Firm members’ donations to Rice go back at least to 2006. But disclosures are no longer available for her first campaign fund, the Committee to Elect Kathleen Rice, which transferred all $55,626.86 it held that December into her current committee, Friends of Kathleen Rice. The state didn’t begin to receive these filings by law until 2006; Nassau’s election board, which reports keeping records for five years, didn’t have the old Rice submissions on file.

Meanwhile, today's Siena Poll shows, for what it's worth,  Rice drawing the best numbers in the pack of Democrats against Staten Island DA Dan Donovan, who looks like the likely Republican contender for the job.