Gov. Andrew Cuomo is sitting on a gold mine with less than 10 months to go until the general election.
According to his latest campaign finance report filed with the state Board of Elections, Cuomo raised more than $7 million since mid-July and has $33.3 million cash on hand.
Some of the notable Cuomo donors include billionaire Bruce Kovner, who has contributed to conservative candidates in the past, donated $40,000 to the governor's re-election campaign. NBCUniversal was one of the largest corporate donors, giving $41,000 to Cuomo's campaign.
Renew New York, former Republican U.S. Sen. Alfonse D'Amato's political action committee, donated more than $26,000 to Cuomo's campaign. And Democrats for Education Reform NYS, another political action committee, contributed $14,000 to the governor's re-election effort.
Cuomo's campaign didn't shy away from spending some of its war chest during the six-month fundraising period.
The governor's campaign committee spent $1,507,972.95 in the last six months, including $503,507 on television ads.
While Cuomo didn't make a lot of donations to other campaigns, his campaign committee did contribute $10,000 to the New Yorkers Against Gun Violence Education Fund.
Here's a summary of the governor's latest campaign finance report:
Opening balance: $27,811,546.11
Total receipts (includes contributions, other receipts): $7,019,967.87
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Total expenses: $1,507,972.95
Closing balance: $33,323,541.03
Notable donors to the governor's campaign include:
- Owners of two AFC East rivals, the Buffalo Bills and the Miami Dolphins, may not agree on much. But they both support Cuomo's re-election bid.
Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson and Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross each donated $5,000 to the governor's campaign committee.
- Speaking of pro sports team owners, Bruce Ratner, who is a minority owner of the Brooklyn Nets and a real estate developer, gave $14,500 to Cuomo's campaign.
- Zuffa LLC and subsidiary Ultimate Fighting Productions LLC gave a combined $10,000 to Cuomo's re-election campaign. Zuffa owns UFC, a leading mixed martial arts promotion. The company has been asking the state to legalize and regulate MMA.
- Two LLCs, LBIT 2002 and RFR Holding, each gave $50,000 to Cuomo's campaign.
- One of the largest donors to Cuomo's campaign was New York State Building and Construction Trades. The union gave $60,800 to the governor's re-election efforts.
- Brown for Buffalo, the campaign committee for Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, donated $2,500. If Lt. Gov. Bob Duffy decides not to run with Cuomo this year, Brown has been mentioned as a possible replacement on the ticket.