A King’s ransom?
Third-quarter filing deadlines for House candidates are coming up next week, with all the associated hints about who’s ramping up fundraising and who’s taking it easy so far.
Those fundraising filings will be particularly interesting to watch for someone like Rep. Pete King, who had a bigger Q2 than he has recently had at this stage in the electoral cycle.
The Seaford Republican took in $214,000 in the period ending June 30. In the same quarter in 2017 and 2015, he took in just over $66,000 and $53,000, respectively, according to Federal Election Commission filings.
This year’s haul is more on par with earlier runs. King totaled over $200,000 in Q2 in 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2013.
The sum this year is boosted in part by a $63,000 expenditure refund from McLaughlin & Associates, who has done work for King in the past, plus a $32,000 shot-in-the-arm from the Take Back the House 2020 political action committee. That’s part of more than $110,000 the PAC has given him this year, far more than any similar organization has donated to the reliably safe-seat Republican in recent years.
Even without the quarterly boosts, it was a more active quarter for King than when he weathered an unusually competitive fight from Liuba Grechen Shirley last cycle.
When contacted by The Point about the numbers, King batted away the idea that the close race in 2018 had convinced him to raise more money to defend his seat in 2020.
Asked whether the big haul meant he was fully committed to running again, the question of the hour in his district which potentially could go Democratic after he retires, he wrote in an email, “Yes!”
—Mark Chiusano @mjchiusano
Clawing back the jackpot
When the Suffolk County Off-Track-Betting corporation sued the operator of its Jake’s 58 casino, Delaware North, on Monday, it was not surprising that the company’s spending on marketing and advertising was a key part of the complaint. The 10 percent of gross earnings contractually and legally committed to that purpose is practically a built-in boondoggle for slots parlors and racinos in New York.
What’s fascinating is the timing, and the big legal change that incentivizes Suffolk County to make Delaware North toe the line.
In the week that ended Oct. 5, Jake’s 58’s average daily profit on each of the Islandia facility's 1,000 machines was $623 — by far the highest in the state. That translates to $623,000 a day in daily machine profit, or about $227 million a year.
That means the marketing and advertising budget at Delaware North’s disposal to promote Jake’s 58, where the parking lot and casino are already always full to bursting, is almost $23 million. And until April 1, whatever of that 10 percent was not spent went back to the state’s general fund.
But the state law has changed. Unspent marketing and advertising money from Jake’s 58 now goes to Suffolk County, which is one reason Suffolk OTB is very concerned about how Delaware North is spending that money.
Suffolk OTB also alleges Delaware North has taken advantage of the OTB in a number of other ways, but the marketing and advertising money is by far the biggest issue.
—Lane FIller @lanefiller
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