It's been a good week so far for Anthony Weiner, who's outperforming his Democratic rivals not only in the polls, but also when it comes to fundraising, a position that could make him more vulnerable to attack. NY1's Bobby Cuza filed the following report.
Anthony Weiner said it's all about his ideas.
"I'm not going to win this campaign 'cause I have more money than the other guy," he said.
Money doesn't hurt, though, and Weiner has raked in an eye-popping $829,000 in the two months since jumping in the race, with his wife, Huma, raising almost $150,000 as a so-called bundler.
"There may be lots of reasons that I'm finding some success in this campaign, but I think that there's none who's been more effective as an advocate, as an adviser, as a fundraiser, as a noodge than my wife," he said.
Weiner also received thousands of dollars from the yellow taxi industry at the same time he sided with the industry in opposing Mayor Michael Bloomberg's so-called five-borough taxi plan.
That drew fire from rival William Thompson, whose campaign said, "He played, and they paid - thousands of dollars to his campaign after he promised to shut livery cabs down."
Regardless, Weiner's strong fundraising leaves him with $4.8 million dollars on hand, much of it left over from previous campaigns and second only to Quinn.
Others, including Thompson, de Blasio and John Liu, believe once public matching funds are disbursed, they'll reach the maximum candidates can spend on a primary: $6.4 million.
"We've always felt that, you know, every candidate would be fully funded, and we're already fully funded," de Blasio said. "So it's a fair fight."
On the Republican side, Joseph Lhota raised more than $500,000 this period but spent even more, leaving him just $648,000 on hand to compete with self-funded billionaire John Catsimatidis, who burned through more than $2 million dollars in just two months.
"We've been on television. We've been on radio. We've done mailings. We've been in newspaper ads," Catsimatidis said Monday. "So we're doing whatever is necessary."
Elsewhere, Independence Party candidate Adolfo Carrion raised $61,000, and Republican George McDonald just $15,000. His campaign is currently in debt.