Schneiderman raises $1.3M more

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Oct 25, 2010


NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - New York attorney general hopeful Eric Schneiderman on Friday reported having raised more than $6 million during his campaign and roughly $1.3 million during the most recent filing period.

Schneiderman's campaign reported raising the nearly $1.3 million in the last three weeks, since the previous Oct. 1 filing.

His campaign also reported having more than $1.2 million on hand, according to his website.

Schneiderman said his final numbers were to be tallied and filed Friday evening.

"We are humbled by the overwhelming show of support Eric's campaign for reform is seeing from supporters in every corner of the state, from Buffalo to Brookhaven," Schneiderman campaign spokesman James Freedland said in a statement.

"As Election Day approaches, Eric's positive message of fighting crime and corruption wherever it occurs -- whether on Wall Street, in Albany, or on Main Street -- is resonating with voters and we are excited to communicate this vision with them as the final stretch approaches."

The Democrat said he will have "significant resources to spend" in the final week leading up to next Tuesday's general election. Schneiderman, a state senator, faces Republican District Attorney Dan Donovan at the polls next week.

According to the results of a Siena Research Institute poll, released last Wednesday, Schneiderman has a 44 percent to 37 percent lead over Donovan.

"The race for Attorney General to succeed Cuomo is shaping up as a barn burner and clearly the closest of the statewide races," Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg said in a statement last week.

With just days left in the highly contested race, Donovan assailed Schneiderman late last week over an Aqueduct Racetrack report by the state inspector general.

According to the New York Times, "The report painted a picture of a state led by Senate Democrats with little apparent interest in serving the public honestly and forthrightly, a Democratic Assembly speaker engaging in political gamesmanship and a Democratic governor disengaged to the point that his own staff withheld crucial information from him and called him a liar in internal e-mails."

Though Schneiderman's name doesn't appear in the report, Donovan says the state senator is "compromised" by his ties to the New York Senate leadership.

Schneiderman said Thursday he would return the $76,000 in campaign contributions from fellow senators John Sampson, Eric Adams and Malcolm Smith.

From Legal Newsline: Reach Jessica Karmasek by e-mail at jessica@legalnewsline.com.

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