Official and unofficial candidates show off their fund-raising numbers, or not

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Ruben Wills and Russell Simmons at a Peace Week announcement. (Azi Paybarah via flickr)
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Campaign fund-raising numbers are trickling in for city and state candidates. Some are touting how much they've raised in this latest six-month filing. Others have been boasting about their overall cash-on-hand. Few are discussing how much money (let alone time) they've spent in the fund-raising process.

Chris Bragg is hammering away at the declared and undeclared candidates for office and comparing their fund-raising totals.

City Comptroller John Liu saw a major drop in contributions after he failed to explain how he got some donations, and was unable to provide the names of the "bundlers" who helped bring his donors through the door. Campaign-finance-reform advocates could point to Liu's financial setback as a cautionary tale.

At the state level, Governor Andrew Cuomo said he would introduce a bill to lower donation limits, combined with some form of public financing of campaigns.

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That hasn't happened just yet, and it's unclear how much arm-twisting it'll take, or how much capital the governor will be willing to spend, to get legislators to adopt it.

Some links:

Washington

A homeless Long Island teenager and Intel semifinalist will attend Obama's State of the Union speech as Rep. Steve Israel's guest. [New York Post]

The Senate convened for 30 seconds, "long enough for Sen Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, to adjourn the senate till 2pm Friday." [@MarkKnoller]

Fund-raising

Obama will raise money this Thursday at the Apollo, then with Spike Lee, and later with Jewish leaders. [Carl Campanile]

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino raised $545,000 in six months. [Gerald McKinstry]

Transportation Chairman Jimmy Vacca raised $0 in the last six months. [@nyccfb]

NYC Mayor 2013

John Liu's fund-raising fell off by 50 percent. [@DavidwChen]

The man arrested for making illegal donations to Liu has a new lawyer. [Michael Howard Saul]

An unnamed person familiar with Liu's operation said, "Their strategy is get money from Chinese, votes from African Americans, votes from Latinos." [Stella Chan]

Bill de Blasio is leading the fund-raising race this cycle. [Jill Colvin]

City Comptroller

Dan Garodnick and Domenic Recchia raised almost the same amount of money, but both trail Carrion, who did his fund-raising back in 2009. [Chris Bragg]

NY-10

The lawmaker who fought Cy Vance and D.S.K. is the one who introduced Hakeem Jeffries at his congressional kick-off. [Reid Pillifant]

NY-13

Mark Murphy is planning to base his campaign out of Democratic county headquarters. [Tom Wrobleski]

NY-19

The mayor of Tuxedo Park is the third Democrat to announce plans to challenge Republican Rep. Nan Hayworth. [Brian Tumulty]

Queens Borough President

Leroy Comrie's fund-raising is trailing Vallone's, but he said he's still considering running. [Chris Bragg]

State Budget

Cuomo is using "revenue closing actions." [Nick Reisman]

Over 30 years, Cuomo's pension cutbacks would save $83 billion outside the city, and $30 billion in the city. [Cara Matthews]

School aid is contingent on adopting a teacher evaluation plan. [Erik Kriss]

Redistricting

Asian-Americans want a district of their own, in Sunset Park, Bensonhurst and Dyker Heights. [Tiffany Ap]

Media

Transportation reporter Jim O'Grady is temporarily going off air, in order to edit. [Facebook]

Images

A former WNYC reporter is somewhere nice. [Lisa Chow]

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A councilman fumes "hey konstantinos you left your victorias secret catalog in there. i have your last name and address. expect a visit from sanitation to your pigsty." [Peter Vallone Jr.

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