Comptroller Candidates Spend More Than They Raise

Several of the Democratic city comptroller candidates are raising less money than they’re spending, according to the latest campaign finance

Several of the Democratic city comptroller candidates are raising less money than they’re spending, according to the latest campaign finance filings.

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Melinda Katz, a council member from Queens, raised $80,743 and spent $92,512.

David Weprin, another council member from Queens, raised $24,660 and spent $97,342.

A third Queens council member, John Liu, raised $21,392 and spent $125,851.

A filing from the fourth Democrat in the race, City Councilman David Yassky of Brooklyn, was not posted online as of this morning.

These reports cover the period between January 12 and March 11.

Katz’s contributors include Jane Crotty, who works for George Arzt Communications, and Local 102 of the union of Retail Wholesale Department Store Workers, which gave $350.

Katz also got 11 contributions from Corbel Communications, each for $175. All 11 of them came in on the same day, March 11, the last day of the filing period.

Katz’s $92,512 in spending includes a relatively modest $1,280 on print ads, $11,512 on wages for campaign employees and $21,000 for the consulting firm Global Strategy Group.

Weprin’s $24,660 came from 51 contributors, mostly in the business and real estate sector. They include Carlisle Towery, president of the Greater Jamaican Development Corporation, and seven contributions worth a total of $2,700 from employees at Milberg L.L.P. According to their Web site, the company was one of “the first law firms to prosecute class actions in federal courts on behalf of investors and consumer.”

Weprin’s $97,342 in expenses include $27,419 on fund-raising, $500 to City Council candidate Steve Levin, who is also the chief of staff to Brooklyn Democratic County Leader Vito Lopez, and $300 to the reelection campaign of Kendall Stewart, a City Councilman from Brooklyn who often speaks about empowering immigrant and Caribbean communities.

Liu’s $21,392 in contributions came mostly in small donations from 191 sources. Among those contributions are 19 donations totaling $1,725 from employees at Cathay Bank, which caters mostly to Asian-Americans. Liu’s $125,851 in expenses include $35,367 on campaign workers, $1,500 to the Queens Democratic Party and another $840 for tickets to a breakfast hosted by the Women’s Democratic Executive Committee.

Comptroller Candidates Spend More Than They Raise