Highlights from Cuomo’s fund-raising, bicoastal edition
ALBANY—Andrew Cuomo raised $8.5 million in the last six months with a trip to Hollywood, checks from major real estate magnates, lawyers, bankers and lobbyists.
Here are some highlights:
-- A Los Angeles trip appears to have raised Cuomo around $300,000, including $25,000 checks from Steven Spielberg and his wife, Kate Capshaw, $5,000 from director J.J. Abrams and $5,000 from actress Mariska Hargitay.
-- The filings show checks totaling at least $32,000 from wine and liquor stores on April 8, the day Cuomo convened leaders from various booze companies at the Capitol complex for a summit. (Anheuser-Busch donated $25,000, through three affiliates, on March 4 and June 17.)
-- Two Los Angeles billionaires—philanthropist Eli Broad and supermarket mogul Ron Burkle, a longtime Clinton donor—maxed out at $60,800.
-- Cuomo's biggest donor was Leonard Litwin, a major landlord and major backer of Senate Republicans. He contributes through LLCs affiliated with his various buildings, and with a slew of new checks his total to Cuomo stands at $1 million.
-- Gambling interests also kicked in, with Yonkers Raceway owner Timothy Rooney writing a $50,000 check.
-- Cuomo accepted $15,000 each from Books-a-Million founder Clyde Anderson and his brother Terry.
-- Democratic Assemblymembers Amy Paulin and Chuck Lavine gave $1,000 each.
-- Seven CBS corporate affiliates gave the maximum allowed for corporations for a total of $35,000.
-- Cuomo's campaign refunded a $25,000 contribution from Martin Edelman, a partner at Fisher Brothers, the company that received a tax break for their residential high-rise development next to New York's stock exchange. Those contributions were reportedly initially under investigation by Cuomo's Moreland Commission to investigate public corruption.
-- The governor made almost $75,000 in interest over the last six months.
-- Bank of America's PAC gave $15,500, J.P. Morgan's PAC contributed $10,000 and the Amalgamated Bank PAC wrote a $2,500 check.
-- Cuomo spent at least $5 million to produce and air television ads.
— additional reporting by Josefa Velasquez and Laura Nahmias
CORRECTION: The original version of this article mistakenly associated a contribution from Winn Development with "casino owner Steve Winn." There is no such association and the casino owner is Steve Wynn.