Big Spenders

Common Cause released a report [pdf] on the soft money loophole in the state’s campaign finance law.

Not familiar with it? George Pataki can help. Citing a 1996 article from Newsday, the report notes:

“The invitation to the Ninth Annual Governor’s Reception reminded donors that “corporate contributions to [the] New York Republican State Committees housekeeping account are lawful and have no limits.”

Notable donors:
$75,000 to the Conservative Party from New Yorkers for Term Limits, Inc.
$50,000 to the New York State Democratic Committee from Weitz & Luxenberg, where Assembly Speaker Silver works.

A list of the biggest contributors to major parties are after the jump.

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DEMOCRATIC ASSEMBLY CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE-HOUSEKEEPING

Rank Date Contributor Amount
1 5/25/05 GNYHA MANAGEMENT CORP. $150,000
1 2/16/06 GNYHA MANAGEMENT CORP. $150,000
2 2/24/03 GNYHA MANAGEMENT CORP. $100,000
2 7/18/02 GNYHA MANAGEMENT CORP. $100,000
2 6/9/04 GNYHA MANAGEMENT CORP. $100,000
2 5/13/05 1199/SEIU NYS PAC $100,000
3 9/23/02 VOTE COPE / NYSUT $53,500
4 10/30/00 GNYHA MANAGEMENT CORP. $53,000
5 6/19/02 NYSCOPBA PAC $50,000
5 10/29/04 1199/SEIU NYS PAC $50,000
5 10/13/04 VOTE COPE / NYSUT $50,000
5 9/1/04 VOTE COPE / NYSUT $50,000
5 11/1/04 PHARM. RESEARCH MAN. OF AMERICA $50,000
5 4/30/06 VOTE COPE / NYSUT $50,000
5 10/22/99 GNYHA MANAGEMENT CORP. $50,000

CONSERVATIVE PARTY OF NYS (HEADQUARTERS ACCOUNT)

Rank Date Contributor Amount
1 11/8/00 LAWRENCE AURIANA $133,541
2 10/23/00 LEWIS S RANIERI $100,000
3 10/25/00 NEW YORKERS FOR TERM LIMITS, INC. $75,000
4 9/1/00 NRA-INSTITUTE FOR LEGISLATIVE ACTION $50,000
4 5/9/02 NYSCOPBA PAC $50,000
4 10/2/02 BELL PACKING CORP $50,000
5 11/1/00 LAWRENCE AURIANA $30,000

NEW YORK STATE DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE (HOUSEKEEPING)

Rank Date Contributor Amount
1 10/25/02 ROBERT F SILLERMAN $500,000
2 10/28/03 NYC CENTRAL LABOR COUNCIL $178,000
3 11/3/00 EMILY’S LIST $100,000
3 10/11/02 ROBERT F SILLERMAN $100,000
3 5/24/04 AGNES VARIS $100,000
3 5/24/04 AGVAR CHEMICALS INC. $100,000
3 10/27/05 ROBERT R DYSON $100,000
3 11/7/05 1199 SEIU $100,000
3 8/18/05 VOTE/COPE OF THE NYS UNITED TEACHERS $100,000
3 2/21/06 1199 SEIU $100,000
3 4/13/06 VOTE/COPE OF THE NEW YORK STATE UNITED TEACHERS $100,000
3 6/29/06 VOTE/COPE OF THE NEW YORK STATE UNITED TEACHERS $100,000
4 9/27/01 VOTE/COPE $50,000
4 11/1/02 WEITZ & LUXENBERG $50,000
4 10/11/02 CIVIL SERVICE EMPLOYEES PAF $50,000
4 7/22/04 MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL $50,000
4 6/9/04 PFIZER, INC. $50,000
4 9/9/04 VOTE/COPE OF THE NYS UNITED TEACHERS $50,000
4 8/22/03 AGNES VARIS $50,000
4 8/8/03 1199 SEIU $50,000
4 8/8/03 VOTE/COPE OF THE NYS UNITED TEACHERS $50,000
4 9/29/04 VOTE/COPE OF THE NYS UNITED TEACHERS $50,000
4 4/7/04 AMERICAN INT’L GROUP, INC. $50,000
4 12/6/05 RIENZI AND SONS, INC. $50,000
4 12/7/05 CIVIL SERVICE EMPLOYEES PAF $50,000
4 2/2/05 BERNARD L SCHWARTZ $50,000
4 4/13/00 NATIONAL EQUIPMENT SALES, INC. $50,000
4 3/16/06 RPAC OF NEW YORK STATE $50,000
4 4/17/06 GNYHA MANAGEMENT CORP. $50,000
5 10/31/01 VOTE/COPE $45,000
5 11/17/05 RIENZI AND SONS, INC. $45,000

NEW YORK REPUBLICAN STATE COMMITTEE – HOUSEKEEPING

Rank Date Contributor Amount
1 10/1/01 MR. MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG $705,750
2 10/3/02 MR. MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG $500,000
3 10/17/05 MR. MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG $400,000
3 11/4/05 MR. MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG $400,000
4 11/6/00 MR. LESLIE C. QUICK, JR. $200,000
5 10/31/03 MR. MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG $120,000

NYS SENATE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE – HOUSEKEEPING

Rank Date Contributor Amount
1 2/9/06 GNYHA MANAGEMENT CORP. $150,000
1 6/2/05 GNYHA MANAGEMENT CORP. $150,000
2 4/1/04 EMPIRE DENTAL PAC $138,000
3 5/30/01 MATCO, INC. $100,000
3 5/15/02 GREATER NEW YORK HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION MANAGEMENT C $100,000
3 3/20/02 FREDDIE MAC $100,000
3 5/29/03 GREATER NEW YORK HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION MANAGEMENT C $100,000
3 10/21/04 1199 SEIU $100,000
3 3/4/04 GNYHA MANAGEMENT CORP. $100,000
3 6/2/05 EMPIRE DENTAL PAC $100,000
3 3/20/00 GREATER NEW YORK HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION MA $100,000
4 6/8/06 CABLE TELECOMMUNICATIONS ASSOC. OF NY, INC, $90,000
5 3/25/04 SEIU PEA INTERNATIONAL $84,800