Thursday, June 26, 2008

Pays to Have Friends Like Bruno and Skelos

While discussion swirls about what how new Majority Leader Dean Skelos will function in Albany, one thing is unlikely to change: the flow of money between campaign accounts to fellow senators and nearly unlimited transfers to the state party.
As the New York Post reported today, Skelos has a $1.2 million war chest--funded by special interests--for an uncontested election. Like Bruno, whose re-election account balance stood at $1.6 million as of January, Skelos has been almost as generous in doling out campaign cash.

From 2004 to the present, Bruno gave nearly $200,000 to fellow senators (often the maximum $8,500 for the general election, though it's unclear if all faced challengers) and more than $500,000 to the state Republican party, $400,000 of which moved in 2006. Skelos gave nearly $150,000 to senate colleagues and funneled $475,000 to the state party over the same period.

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