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Anthony Weiner may be considering a run for mayor, but some of his biggest supporters in the past have been considering other candidates more recently. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.

After Anthony Weiner tweeted, some might feel entitled to a refund.

"If the people who give him the money believed in him when they were giving money, then I don't think they should change their mind because this happened," said Alexander Rovt, who was Weiner's biggest fundraiser for his potential mayoral campaign.

Rovt raised more than $60,000 five years ago.

"I just found out yesterday that he is running," Rovt said. "I don't know yet. I am a little bit, I have to say, surprised."

The $4.3 million Anthony Weiner has to run for mayor was contributed well before he was caught tweeting lewd pictures to women.

So when NY1 talked to some of his donors, it appears some have moved on.

"We assumed, presumed, that two years ago, when he retired, resigned, that that was the end of his public life, at least for this cycle," said Arthur Aidala, a former Weiner supporter. "And yes, everyone else picked somebody else to go with."

Aidala picked Bill de Blasio.

A review of Weiner's fundraisers shows some are now raising cash for other candidates.

Real estate executive William Zeckendorf, who raised more than $11,000 for Weiner in 2008, raised $35,000 for Christine Quinn in 2011.

Michael Kerr, Alan Sclar, Howard Fensterman and David Kuperberg, who raised more than $130,000 for Weiner between 2007 and 2009, are now raking in cash for another Brooklyn-based candidate: Bill de Blasio.

None returned calls for comment.

A lot has changed since Weiner was raising for a run for City Hall. Some of his supporters have moved on from politics entirely.

Former Assemblyman Jimmy Meng, who raised more than $26,000 for Weiner, was just sentenced to a month in jail for his role in a bribery scheme.

There is also Norman Hsu, who is serving jail time for a ponzi scheme.

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