Cuomo has $23.6M in the bank

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo reported $23.6 million in campaign cash, after raising $9.2 million since Jan. 16, his campaign reported today.

Cuomo, currently the state’s attorney general, has spent $1.7 million during that same time period.

His full disclosure report was yet to be officially filed with the state Board of Elections.

Lazio, a former Republican congressman from Long Island, was yet to submit his campaign finance report.

The information was due to be filed to the state Board of Elections for all state and local political campaigns by the end of today.

Cuomo’s $23.6 million outpaces the $16.3 million raised by Eliot Spitzer over the same time period during his successful 2006 campaign for governor, according to an analysis by Bill Mahoney of the New York Public Interest Research Group,

Cuomo, according to voter surveys, holds a wide lead over Lazio, the preferred candidate of the state Republican Party.

The filings, which include the amount of money candidates have raised and spent since Jan. 16, are seen as an early sign of a campaign’s strength and organization.

Buffalo developer Carl Paladino, who is mounting a primary challenge to Lazio for the GOP nomination, reported raising $1.7 million. Of that, $1.65 million came from his own bank account.

He disclosure report shows that he has about $52,000 in cash on hand.

Paladino, who also plans to run on an independent line in the general election, plans to spend up to $10 million of his personal fortune.

In an interview, Paladino said he plans to continue campaigning on reducing taxes and the size of government.

“We anticipate Mr. Lazio maybe reconsidering his run right now,” Paladino said. “His message doesn’t ring anywhere, he’s running a fruitless race and he should be out of it.”

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