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Skelos' fund-raising slows after indictment

Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) and his son,

Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) and his son, Adam, on May 4, 2015, after leaving federal court in Manhattan where they were arraigned on bribery and extortion charges. Credit: AP / Craig Ruttle

ALBANY -  Under the shadow of a federal indictment, Sen. Dean Skelos' fundraising efforts have slowed significantly, records filed Wednesday show.

The Rockville Centre Republican raised $218,007 in campaign contributions since January, though the bulk came before federal prosecutors filed corruption charges against him in May. Since then, Skelos has raised $19,500 in contributions and received another $50,000 transfer from the Senate Republican Campaign Committee, according to state Board of Elections records.

News of a possible probe of the then-Senate majority leader first surfaced in January. That didn't immediately impact his fundraising, however, as he raised $149,507 between January and May.

However, after U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara charged Skelos and his son, Adam, with extortion and bribery, Skelos' fundraising declined noticeably.

On May 4, Bharara alleged the senator extorted bribes and campaign contributions from companies in exchange for steering key real estate legislation and rigging a lucrative Nassau County environmental contract to his son's benefit.

Days later, Skelos' Republican colleagues forced him to resign his leadership post, although he kept his Senate seat. 

Skelos had one small fundraising event on May 12, which he had scheduled before the indictment. On June 15, the SRCC transferred $50,000 to Skelos.

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