Sweeney v. Kean: Senate Dem Committee spent more, has less in battle with GOP Senate leadership

To date, the state Senate Democratic Majority Committee spent $151,802 on targeted district races, compared to the Senate Republican Majority, which spent $68,879. 

The Democrats led by state Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) have $309,926.47 cash on hand, compared to state Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean (R-21), whose closing balance in the Senate leadership coffers on Oct. 7 was $902,220.

The Democrats are concentrating more money in Southern districts, including their third highest contribution, to Sweeney and his team. The GOP nearly doubles the Democrats’ total in LD 14, while the reverse is true in LD 2. Democrats are donating four times as much as the GOP in LD 38.

Members of the GOP caucus are contributing significantly to the party cause.  

Deprived of a senate candidate when an appellate court’s decision blocked Democrat Carl Lewis from the senate race, state Sen. Dawn Addiego (R-8) gave $25,000 to the senate GOP, tied with Assemblyman Vince Polistina (R-2) for the biggest contribution. Other senate donors included state Sen. Kevin O’Toole (R-40), $10,000; state Sen. Joe Pennacchio, $18,000; state Sen. Kip Bateman (R-16), $10,000; state Sen. Diane Allen (R-7), $6,656; and state Sen. Steve Oroho (R-24), $15,000.

The rough totals:

Senate Democrats district-by-district donations:

LD 2: Whelan: $32,394;

LD 14: Greenstein: $13,814;

LD 3: Sweeney: $28,194;

LD 7:  Cook (Singleton): $13,373;

LD 38: Gordon: $46,237;

LD 4: Madden: $8,207;

LD 8: Lewis (now without a Senate candidate): $3,500;

LD 1: Van Drew: $6,083

Senate Republicans district-by-district totals:

LD 14: Kanka: $28,236;

LD 2: Polistina: $16,987;

LD 38: Driscoll: $11,432;

LD 7: Allen: $4,224;

LD 27: Eames: $8,000. Sweeney v. Kean: Senate Dem Committee spent more, has less in battle with GOP Senate leadership