The cash is pouring in and out of campaigns for governor and lieutenant governor ahead of the June 28 primary, Board of Elections records show. Statewide candidates running in the first of New York’s two primaries this year were required to file disclosures late last month, 32 days prior to the election.
Gov. Kathy Hochul and Lt. Gov. Antonio Delgado are outpacing their rivals, but plenty of money is flowing into other campaigns as the Democratic and Republican candidates enter the primary’s final month.
NY1 has your breakdown of each candidate for governor and lieutenant governor, what they raised and spent, and a who’s who of donors funding each campaign.
Gov. Kathy Hochul
The sitting governor has far and away the biggest haul of any candidate in the state during the last reporting period, bringing in $10.3 million since Jan 15. Starting off the reporting period with $21.3 million and spending $13.1 million, Hochul’s campaign currently has $18.6 million on hand, according to the state Board of Elections.
She allocated $7.7 million of her spending to GMMB, a Washington, D.C.-based consulting and advertising firm started by Jim Margolis, a former campaign hand for President Barack Obama’s two presidential victories, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, and Vice President Kamala Harris’ 2020 presidential campaign. All of those payments were made between April 15 and May 20 as Hochul began ad campaigns on TV and online.
Another $1.38 million went to Wavelength Strategy, a Madison Avenue digital ad and strategy firm founded by political operatives Dan McNally and Emmy Bengston, a veteran of Kirsten Gillibrand, Obama, and Clinton presidential campaigns. And $191,000 went to Global Strategy Group, a consulting and polling firm utilized by former governors Andrew Cuomo and Eliot Spitzer.
- James Dolan, owner of the New York Knicks and New York Rangers — $69,700
- John Hess, CEO of Hess Corporation — $69,700
- Transport Workers Union Local 100 — $69,700
- 32BJ United ADF - $69,700
- New York State AFL-CIO — $59,200
- Douglas Jemal, real estate developer pardoned by President Donald Trump for a 2008 wire fraud conviction — $53,700
- Tony James, retiring CEO of investment giant Blackstone — $50,000
- Frank McCourt, former owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers —$50,000
- New York Yankees — $30,000
- The so-called “Big Four” accounting firms — $25,000 each
The Long Island congressman began the reporting period with $5.25 million in the bank, added $3.3 million and spent $6.4 million, leaving him with $2.7 million, nearly seven times less than the governor he hopes to defeat. More than half of Suozzi’s spending went to Canal Partners Media, an ad buyer for President Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign. His campaign also spent $100,000 on advertising with Schneps Media, the owner of dozens of New York City and Long Island newspapers and magazines.
- Suozzi for Congress — $367,432.95
- Saul Katz, real estate developer and former co-owner of the New York Mets — $15,000
- Selim Rusi, Bill de Blasio and Clinton donor — $20,000
In a rematch of his 2018 run for lieutenant governor, the New York City public advocate has less than a percentage point of Hochul’s war chest on hand. He began the filing period with just under $190,000, brought in just under $250,000, and ended with $130,000. The progressive may not have gotten his campaign off the ground, but his pick of Ana Maria Archila as a running mate might prove fruitful. Archila is racking up endorsements and national attention in her pursuit of toppling new Hochul’s new lieutenant governor, Antonio Delgado.
- Cynthia Nixon, actress and 2018 gubernatorial candidate — $3,000
- Rabbi Raymond Sultan, executive director of the Sephardic Heritage Museum — $10,000
- Our Revolution, progressive organization born out of Bernie Sanders’ 2016 campaign — $4,000
- Friends of India Walton, campaign of the 2021 democratic socialist candidate for Buffalo mayor — $716
Hochul’s second lieutenant governor pick after Brian Benjamin was arrested and charged in a bribery scheme, the former Hudson Valley congressman just assumed office two weeks ago, transferring $2 million from his congressional campaign. He raised $275,000 as a candidate for lieutenant governor and spent $228,000 — mostly on polling and advertising firms — leaving him with just over $2,000,000 on hand.
- Jim Simons, mathematician and billionaire hedge fund manager — $15,000
- Jeffrey Gural, Cuomo donor, and Paula Gural, geologist — $20,000
- Amy Schumer, comedian — $5,000
A former New York City Councilwoman and deputy borough president under Eric Adams, Reyna is Suozzi’s pick for lieutenant governor, but has done little in the way of campaigning. She raised $352,000 and spent $226,000, though her campaign is largely enmeshed with Suozzi. She both received and funneled money to the Suozzi campaign.
- Common Good PAC, a political action committee affiliated with Suozzi — $22,600
- Neighborhood Preservation PAC, a pro-landlord political action committee — $10,000
- Melissa Mark-Viverito, former New York City Council speaker — $500
- David Weinraub, top Albany lobbyist — $500
Ana Maria Archila
A longtime activist who helped found Make the Road New York, the immigrant rights and workers’ justice advocacy group, has more money on hand than her senior counterpart, Williams. Archila raised nearly $300,000 and spent only $90,000 on her lieutenant governor campaign, leaving her with $203,000 as she looks to pull off an upset of Delgado.
- Daniel Altschuler, co-executive director of Make the Road Action — $6,712
- Daniel’s parents, Alan Altschuler, actor, and Donna Katzin, founder of social investment fund — $34,410
- Luis Miranda, political consultant, and Luz Towns Miranda, psychologist; parents of Broadway playwright Lin Manuel Miranda — $6,000
- Tenants PAC, tenants’ rights political action committee — $2,000
The Long Island congressman is the state GOP’s preferred candidate to be their party's gubernatorial nominee, but he still faces three primary challengers ahead of his likely matchup with the winner of the Democratic primary.
More than half of Zeldin’s $5.7 million in expenditures — just under $3.6 million — was spent on veteran Republican ad firm BrabenderCox. Zeldin began the filing period with $5.6 million in the bank, raised almost $2.5 million, and ended with $3.1 million in the bank, transferring in $721,000 from his joint campaign with his lieutenant governor pick, Alison Esposito.
- Vernon Hill, banker — $60,829,00
- Alfonse D’Amato, former U.S. Senator from New York — $10,000
- Blakeman for Nassau, campaign of Nassau County executive — $10,000
- U.S. Rep Pete Sessions (R-TX) — $5,000
- Jeffrey Buley, election law lawyer who worked on the campaigns of former Gov. George Pataki, former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Mitt Romney in 2012 — $12,512.50
- Surya Yalamanchili, onetime Democratic nominee for Ohio congressional seat and “The Apprentice” contestant — $51,109
The son of former Mayor Rudy Giuliani and a former Trump administration official, Giuliani’s longshot bid to be the Republican gubernatorial nominee has struggled to raise money. He ended the reporting period with $312,000 having begun with $286,000, spending $195,000 and raising $221,000.
- Josh Eisen, candidate for NY-17 accused of harassment and using racial slurs — $10,000
- Catherine Giuliani, lobbyist and former Giuliani administration official — $1,000
The Republican businessman and onetime candidate for state Comptroller has almost entirely self-funded his campaign, loaning himself millions of dollars. Since announcing in February, Wilson loaned his campaign nearly $10 million of the $12 million he put together for his war chest. After spending $7.7 million — $5.4 million of which was spent on ads through Target Enterprises, a Los Angeles-based firm run by a former Gov. George Pataki campaign hand — Wilson is left with $4.2 million heading into the primary’s final stretch.
- Andrew Liveris, former CEO of Dow Chemical — $50,000
- Douglas Durst, president of the Durst Organization — $25,000
- Steven Rattner, CEO of former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s personal and philanthropic investments — $13,729
- Maureen White, top Democratic donor — $13,729
The two-term Westchester county executive and the Republican nominee for governor in 2014 built his campaign on a platform opposing mask and vaccine mandates and focusing on crime in the state. He spent more money than he raised — $803,000 in expenditures and $611,000 in donations — but Astorino still has over $1 million in the bank during the final stretch of the campaign.
- Roy Bostock, former chairman of Yahoo! Inc. — $5,000
- Julie Powers Killian, 2018 GOP lieutenant governor nominee — $1,500
Esposito’s campaign finances are largely intertwined with Zeldin’s, transferring the majority of the $829,000 she raised back to his coffers. At the end of the reporting period, she had $93,000 in the bank.
- Steve Wynn, casino magnate and former finance chairman for the Republican National Committee, and Andrea Wynn, his wife — $149,176
- NYS Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association, Inc. — $10,000
- International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 456 Political Action Fund, represents public and building trades workers in Westchester County — $5,000