State Senator Daniel Squadron announced today that he’s raised more than $2 million in his race for public advocate. Mr. Squadron, who’s facing three other candidates in a Democratic primary, hauled in a total of $2,150,000 in donations and expected public matching funds. He raised $183,000 in the last two months and has spent only $190,000 overall.
“New York families need a fighter who is ready and able to stand up for them and deliver results,” Mr. Squadron said in a statement. “I’m incredibly honored by the support we’ve received from all five boroughs, and I’m excited that our grassroots campaign will have the resources we need to build our effort across the city.”
Mr. Squadron is the first public advocate candidate to release information about what’s in his war chest. The Campaign Finance Board will announce all filings on March 15. Spokespersons for Councilwoman Tish James and former Deputy Public Advocate Reshma Saujani, Mr. Squadron’s main rivals, said they did not have updated fundraising information available. As of this writing, dark horse candidate Cathy Guerriero, a Columbia professor, did not return a request for comment.
The public advocate position is open this year because Bill de Blasio, who currently holds the office, is running for mayor.