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Final campaign finance numbers detail Cuomo advantage

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, left, and his opponent Republican

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, left, and his opponent Republican Rob Astorino on Nov. 4, 2014. Credit: Craig Ruttle, Charles Eckert

ALBANY -- Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has more left in his campaign account than Republican challenger Rob Astorino raised in the entire gubernatorial race, state election records show.

State Board of Elections filings required a month after Election Day found the team of Cuomo and Kathy Hochul, his lieutenant governor running mate, spent nearly $8 million after Oct. 24 -- the final week before Election Day. The campaign had $9.1 million left as of Monday night, which was the most recent deadline for reporting campaign finances.

Astorino spent just over $1 million after Oct. 24. His campaign with running mate Chris Moss, the Chemung County sheriff, has $55,000 left.

Astorino, the Westchester County executive, had received about $6 million in contributions throughout the year, while Cuomo's campaign fund collected well over $20 million.

In the last two weeks of the campaign, Astorino attracted less than half of the more than $1 million in contributions that went to Cuomo.

Astorino had been critical of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for refusing to provide him with funds from the Republican Governors Association. Christie, who is chairman of the group, which helps fund Republican candidates for governor nationwide, said Astorino didn't stand enough of a chance against Cuomo to warrant funding.

Astorino lost to Cuomo by 13 points an election marked by low turnout.

Democratic Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman spent $1.3 million from Oct. 24 to Dec. 1 and had $1.3 million left in his campaign account.

His opponent, Republican John Cahill, spent $680,233 during the last reporting period and had just $164,337 left over. Cahill is a former aide to Republican Gov. George Pataki.

Democratic Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli spent $1.5 million in the final days of the campaign and had $523,176 remaining in his account as of Monday.

His opponent, Republican Bob Antonacci, spent $21,367 from his underfunded campaign and had $102,613 left.

Antonacci is the Onondaga County comptroller. He tried to participate in New York's first experiment in public financing of campaigns but couldn't match the fundraising threshold needed to qualify for a public funding match of 6:1 to his donations.

The pilot project approved in the spring by the legislature was criticized as flawed by good-government advocates and DiNapoli. He refused to participate in the voluntary program despite his longtime support for public financing of campaigns to reduce the influence of big donors.

"It was a system, whether deliberately or not, that was set up for failure and that's exactly what happened," DiNapoli told reporters Monday.

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