Earlier this year, former Governor George Pataki launched his own Super PAC — entitled “Tipping Point” — with much fanfare. He claimed to have “multiple millions” in commitments and said he planned to raise “in the high seven figures,” or, “if things go well, in the low eight.” All for the goal of protecting and expanding the Republican presence in New York’s congressional delegation.
Well, he’s not very close to that goal so far. His group’s first FEC filing showed a mere $30,000 from two donors, with the vast majority of that coming from likely Republican mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis.
Mr. Pataki also made headlines earlier this year by paying for robocalls against Sean Patrick Maloney while he was still competing in the Democratic primary to challenge GOP Rep. Nan Hayworth. It turns out that this expenditure was the only one that Tipping Point made, and it was for a tiny amount of $750.
Democrats following the race at the time mentioned that the robocalls didn’t even reach the right voters, and reported receiving word that people received the calls far from the boundaries of Ms. Hayworth’s seat.
“They polled the wrong district number,” an operative who had worked for one of Mr. Maloney’s rivals told us. “We were getting reports from up near Albany. … So these were people who had never, ever, in a million years been in Nan Hayworth’s district.”