2:17 pm Jul. 17, 2012
One of the first questions to arise about Comptroller John Liu's fund-raising was: how did he raise so much money from so many people, with so few intermediaries in between?
In November, Liu's campaign claimed he had raised more than $5 million, with only $25,100 coming from intermediaries, commonly known as "bundlers," who serve as unpaid fund-raisers soliciting donations to a campaign. At the time, the Post's City Hall bureau chief, David Seifman, quoted a Democratic source saying Liu's donations-to-bundler ratio was suspiciously low.
When I crunched the numbers at the time, Liu claimed about half a percent of his donations came with the help of intermediaries, which was dramatically lower than many of his rivals.
In the most recent filings, Liu reports receiving 6.4 percent of his donations from intermediaries, an increase from the last filings, but still well behind the proportions from his potential mayoral opponents.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer reported getting 45 and 51 percent of their donations, respectively, from intermediaries, after having reported over 40 percent last time.
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, who raised more money than any candidate in this six-month filing period, reported about 21 percent of his donations from intermediaries. (De Blasio reported just over 1 percent from intermediaries when I ran the numbers in November, but his campaign subseqently revised its filing to include more of his bundlers.)
Here are the numbers:
De Blasio: $159,735 raised by intermediaries / $760,746 raised this filing period = 21%
Quinn: $295,075 raised by intermediaries / $654,666 raised this filing period = 45 %
Liu: $37,030 raised by intermediaries / $577,030 raised this filing period = 6.4 %
Scott Stringer: $220,805 raised by intermediaries / $425,373 raised this filing period = 52%
Bill Thompson: $53,550 raised by intermediaries / $471,127 raised this filing period = 11%
Tom Allon: $0 raised by intermediaries / $136,167 raised this filing period = 0%