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Cuomo raises $9.3M in campaign money in 6 months

Two of three principal contenders for the governor's office, state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino, Thursday showed they have millions of dollars to spend.

Cuomo, the Democratic designee, raised $9.3 million in the past six months, spent $1.75 million and has $23.6 million left in his campaign treasury, according to a report filed with the state Board of Elections. A report for former Rep. Rick Lazio, the Republican designee from Brightwaters, wasn't available at press time, but sources said it would be a fraction of Cuomo's total.

Paladino hopes to challenge Lazio in the September primary. Paladino's report showed he collected $1.8 million between mid-January and earlier this month, though $1.65 million came from his bank account. He spent $1.7 million, including about $800,000 on television and radio commercials, and has $52,823 in his treasury.

"This shows Cuomo has a large base of support and Paladino doesn't," said Stanley B. Klein, a politics professor at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University and Republican committeeman in Dix Hills.

In other finance reports:

Attorney general

Among Democrats vying for the attorney general nomination, Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice leads a field of five, raising more than $2.9 million in the past six months. She spent $522,624 and has $4.2 million left. Manhattan developer Donald Trump was among those who donated $25,000 to Rice.

Sean Coffey, a former federal prosecutor who grew up in Hempstead Village, collected $2.8 million, though $2 million came from his own checkbook. He spent $1.36 million and has $2.9 million in cash on hand. State Sen. Eric Schneiderman of Manhattan raised $1.6 million, spent $395,192 and has $2.1 million left.

Eric Dinallo, a former state insurance superintendent, collected $787,868, spent $691,251 and has $1.7 million cash in hand. Assemb. Richard Brodsky of Westchester County raised $519,514, spent $236,000 and has $1.6 million.

The Republican one of them will face in November, Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan, raised $611,795 in the past six weeks and spent about $150,000. He has $511,277 left in his treasury.

State comptroller

Incumbent Democrat Thomas DiNapoli released his report two days after Republican challenger Harry Wilson, a multimillionaire from Scarsdale. DiNapoli, of Great Neck, raised $1 million in the past six months, spent $521,699 and has $1.8 million in cash on hand. Wilson collected $3.4 million - including $2.25 million from his bank account, spent $633,153 and has $2.76 million left.

Congressional races

2nd District

Republican John Gomez began his race against Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) with what appeared to be solid-gold assets - a friend in TV show host Sean Hannity and an endorsement by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

But Thursday in a much-anticipated campaign finance report, Gomez said he had raised $103,494 in contributions in the last three months, giving him $103,313 in cash on hand.

That's a fraction of the $436,122 in donations and $1.9 million in the bank reported by Israel, a Huntington Democrat.

Spokesman Jim Dobrowski said Gomez has had little time to raise funds. "In just six short weeks, the campaign has raised over $100,000," he said.

1st District

Randy Altschuler raised $200,000 and loaned another $500,000 in his bid to win the three-way race to become the GOP nominee against Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton). Altschuler reported $1.8 million in cash on hand - much of it from $2 million in loans and donations he's given to his fund. Bishop reported $398,500 raised and $1.5 million in cash. Neither GOP hopefuls Chris Cox nor George Demos filed in time for this story.

4th District

Frank Scaturro pressed his claim to be the GOP challenger to Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola) by raising $261,672 and banking $381,839. GOP-backed Francis Becker Jr., a Nassau County legislator, didn't file. McCarthy raised $335,621 and has $787,377 cash.

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