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Cuomo, Nixon post fundraising figures in governor's race

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 8/14/2018

They may have raised around the same amount in the last month, but Gov. Cuomo continues to have vastly more cash on hand than his opponent Cynthia Nixon — even as he ramps up spending in the run-up to the primary.

Cuomo took in $393,367.98 in contributions between July 13 and August 9, while Nixon took in $391,236.68, campaign finance records show. But the two are anything but close in the money race: Cuomo has nearly $24.5 million cash on hand, while Nixon has just $441,856.56 in her coffers.

The way they raked in their contributions in the last month also offer stark differences: Cuomo received 180 individual contributions, while Nixon, who has knocked Cuomo for a dearth of small donors, had 1,193 in the same period.

Andrew Cuomo, Cynthia Nixon are posing for a picture © Luiz C. Ribeiro for New York Daily News

That brings the total number of individual donations to Nixon’s campaign to 42,960, her campaign said — noting that’s more than Cuomo has received over the course of four election cycles.

“We are seeing a level of grassroots momentum that Cuomo has failed to tap into during his entire two decade career in New York politics,” campaign manager Hayley Prim said. “There is a real hunger in New York to elect a real progressive who is beholden to the people, not corporations and millionaires.”

Cuomo spent nearly $7.4 million on the race in the last month — the majority of it on television advertising.

He’s also launched a federal PAC — dubbed the “Cuomo NY Take Back the House Federal PAC,” in order to spread out some campaign cash among congressional candidates.

It made donations in the maximum amount, $2,700, to Democrats running for Congress across the state, his campaign said.

“With Trump and Republicans in Washington threatening New York’s way of life — from health care and women’s rights to immigration and tax reform — the governor is laser-focused on taking back the U.S. House to protect the people of this state,” campaign manager Maggie Moran said.

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