A few interesting bits from the campaign finance filings of some of the public advocate candidates:
In this latest filing period, from January 12 to March 11, Mark Green raised $143,285, but has only paid two bills so far, totaling $17,621. Those bills were for a campaign office and for a $16,006 poll by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner.
Green spokesman Paul Rivera said other expenses – including his own invoice – will be paid later and will appear in future filings. He said they’re more focused on raising money at this point.
Bill de Blasio raised $136,282 from 428 contributors.
Republican Alex Zablocki raised $657 from 39 contributors, including $50 from Jonathan Judge, who was one of the Brooklyn Republicans who voted against allowing Bloomberg into the G.O.P. primary this year.
Eric Gioia’s latest finance numbers were not posted on the Campaign Finance Board web site as of Tuesday morning.
Among Green’s contributors are public relations guru Howard Rubenstein, who gave $500. Rubenstein helped orchestrate Michael Bloomberg’s push for the extension of term-limits, which Green has criticized.
Also contributing to Green was a big-shot lawyer and deputy commissioner in the state’s division of human rights, Tom Shanahan, who gave $50.
De Blasio contributors include Representative Ed Towns, who gave $175, Towns’ district director Jennifer James, who gave $50, and the Washington-based “Working for Working Americans” group, which gave $4,950. Among the group’s stated goals is to “pull back the curtain on the damage done by free trade agreements.”