ALBANY—A reader sent along this list of the host committee for David Paterson's 55th Birthday fund-raiser, planned for June 11.
It's mostly a mix of lobbyists, but (at risk of overanalyzing) it's also a neat reflection of the base Paterson is hoping to build on as he works to revive his political fortunes: African-Americans and, with his push for same-sex marriage legislation, gay activists.
The chairs include Charlie King, of the National Action Network; Sean Patrick Maloney, a former administration official and hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons. I'm told that chairs are expected to raise or contribute $100,000, vice chairs $50,000, patrons $25,000 and sponsors $10,000.
As of the last filing, Paterson had about $4.9 million in campaign cash on hand.