Despite speculation that Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s sudden jump back into politics would drag Anthony Weiner’s name back into the mud, his campaign appears to be getting off to a good week.
The former congressman, who is now leading the polls in the mayors race, raised an impressive $828,886 dollars over the past two months, according to new disclosures filed with the city’s Campaign Finance Board earlier today.
Mr. Weiner, who appears to be running an improvisational operation largely steered by the his own whims, nonetheless seems to be running an effective money-making operation. His growing campaign war chest will allow him to compete on a more level playing field with some of his rivals who have already maxed-out their fund-raising in this year’s Democratic primary. He now has just over $4.8 million cash-on-hand–about $1 million behind City Council Speaker Quinn as of her previous filing.
He’s also been spending less than many of his competitors, paying out $291,850 over the two-month filing span. Among the notable payments: more than $44,000 for petitioning expenses, thousands on voter outreach and more than $40,000 dollars on new polls.
Of course, Mr. Weiner’s challengers also continued bring in cash, with Ms. Quinn’s campaign reporting raising more than $463,000 over the past two months, and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio adding $186,000 to his campaign coffers, and spending $427,000, according to the filings. City Comptroller John Liu, who has slowed his fund-raising since he maxed out for the primary, raised $60,500, but spent $450,000, the records show.
On the Republican side, former MTA Chair Joe Lhota collected more than $516,000, and spent $732,000, while John Catsimatidis, who is largely financing his own campaign, spent a whopping $2.13 million over the course of two months–most of it on expensive TV ads and mailers.
Updated at 10:43 p.m. with details from the filings.