Nothing to see in Cuomo’s high-profile fund-raising schedule

Briefing: Cuomo and Clinton. (Azi Paybarah via flickr)
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Andrew Cuomo is planning a string of high-profile, high-dollar fund-raisers, as reported by Maggie Haberman: two in Florida, one at a Paul Simon concert with a $100,000 "chair"-level spot and another with a $15,000-a-seat price.

Cuomo has always been a strong fund-raiser, as his aides point out. So the idea is that this is just a particularly conspicuous iteration of the same rather than, say, part of the ramp-up to a presidential run in 2016.

As Haberman notes, the events have been scheduled as the national press begins to focus on Cuomo's governorship, and amid some simultaneous P.R. flare-ups, at least one of which was exacerbated by his aggressive attempts to control it

Cuomo does not face a competitive race for re-election.

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