Charles Hynes has cash, but his challengers are out-raising him
Charles Hynes, who is seeking his seventh term as Brooklyn District Attorney, has $373,165 on hand in his campaign account after raising only $27,275 in the last six months.
During that same period, Hynes spent $73,630, more than three times the amount he raised.
Hynes is facing two challengers.
One is Ken Thompson, a former prosecutor in the Eastern District who handled the Abner Louima case, and more recently, the hotel worker who accused Dominique Straus Khan of rape. Thompson raised $341,568 in the latest filing period. After spending $77,000 to get his campaign off the ground, he has $264,252 on hand.
Among the people who donated to Thompson's campaign were Louima, who now lives in Florida and gave $500, and David Yassky the Taxi and Limousine Commissioner and former Councilman who briefly eyed a run for D.A. years ago and gave $100.
Mark Peters, an attorney who unsuccessfully ran for the office in 2005
2001, gave $500; Irving Picard, the trustee for the Bernie Madoff estate, gave $200; and Lucy Koteen, a former president of the Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats, gave $50.
Thompson's campaign also received a $5,000 donation from the eponymous company founded by comedian and entertainer Chris Rock, and $500 from Pauletta Washington, wife of actor Denzel Washington. His largest donation came from his former law partner, Douglas Wigdor, who gave $30,000.
A spokesman for Hynes told the Daily News, which previously reported some of the celebrity donations, that "there are no big names" among Hynes' contributors.
There were though some notable expenses. Hynes, a Democrat, gave a $150 donation to the Kings County Conservative Party. He also paid $20,000 to the Advance Group for consulting, and gave $650 to the Jewish Post.
A second challenger, Abe George, a 34-year-old former assistant district attorney from Manhattan, got a $45,000 donation from Al Gore's former election lawyer, David Boies. George's detailed financial report has not yet been posted online by the State Board of Elections, but a knowledgeable source told me they're expected to declare raising about $188,000 this filing period.
UPDATE: George emailed to say his filing will show $210,000 raised.
UPDATE: An earlier version of this article had incorrect biographical information for Peters and Koten. Chris Owens thankfully set the record straight.