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GOP comptroller candidate has $2.8M in war chest

Republican comptroller candidate Harry Wilson has $2.8 million in campaign funds, including $2.3 million in loans from himself, according to filings he released two days ahead of Thursday's state deadline.

His opponent, incumbent Democrat Tom DiNapoli, who reported $1.3 million on hand in January, will release his own filings Thursday, his campaign said Tuesday, choosing instead to joust with the Wall Street millionaire over his stance on the Congress' financial regulatory reforms.

Filings for all statewide candidates are due Thursday.

Since January, Wilson has received $1.1 million in contributions and has spent $633,153.

DiNapoli's campaign challenged the opponent they've dubbed "Hedge Fund Harry" to spell out his stance on Wall Street reform legislation pending in Congress, a measure, shaped by Democrats, which DiNapoli supports.

"The people of New York State deserve to know if Hedge Fund Harry is on their side or if he will continue to condone the irresponsible practices that helped cause the recent financial crisis," the campaign said in a statement.

Wilson replied late Tuesday, saying that he opposes the bill, now poised for Senate passage, because he believes it fails to address root causes of the crisis and will drive out New York jobs and tax revenue.

"By revealing his ignorance about how our financial system works . . . my opponent has demonstrated that he does not have the skills or expertise to deal with the fallout of our last bubble on Wall Street, or our next bubble in government spending," Wilson said in a statement.

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