Liz Benjamin reported today that the Senate Republicans — who can give unlimited amounts of money to their favored candidates — had transfered only $27,000 to the account of Republican Senate candidate David Storobin. That’s despite Storobin’s assertion that the Senate GOP would give him “tremendous” resources.
But his favored challenger, Democratic Councilman Lew Fidler, is not only not getting help from the Senate Democrats — he seems to be helping them.
The cash-strapped conference, which is $1.7 million in debt, has given nothing to Fidler’s campaign, but Fidler actually has transferred $25,000 from his coffers to the DSCC, according to his just-released 32-day pre-election report. That’s despite Fidler having an election a month away.
It’s also certainly possible there’s some other explanation. During Assemblyman David Weprin’s congressional campaign last summer, he gave a bunch of money to the state Democratic Party, which apparently gets cut-rate postage prices for mailers.
UPDATE: The Observer gets ahold of a Fidler mailer paid for by the DSCC account.
I reached out to Fidler’s campaign and am awaiting response, though it’s nearing Sabbath, which is always an awkward time to get a comment in this race.
Overall, Fidler raised $101,000 during the most recent filing period, and $449,000 on hand. Storobin raised $51,000 and has $121,000 on hand.
Also of note: Gerry O’Brien — who to my understanding is a consultant for the Brooklyn Republicans — shows up on Fidler’s payroll. He was paid $500 for consulting.
O’Brien writes in to say that the $500 charge was for “photography” and that he has done similar work for Storobin.
The Democratic Senate campaign committee has post its filing, which shows that Fidler has actually transfered $35,000 to the Senate Dems, while the party has spent a bit less than $14,000 on Fidler, mostly for mailers.
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