They came into office together in 2007 and four and a half years later both Eliot Spitzer and David Paterson have officially $0 in their respective campaign accounts, with Spitzer 2010 and Paterson 2010 never to be realized.
Spitzer, who resigned in 2008 amid a prostitution scandal, spent the remainder of the $182,305 his campaign account mainly on charitable contributions — $25,000 to the Harvard Law School Fund and $25,000 to Horace Mann School, both his alma maters. He gave another $50,000 to the President and Fellows of Harvard College and $32,928 to GenerationOn, a youth group.
Paterson, who was elected as lieutenant governor and succeeded Spitzer, burned through his remaining $218,166 with payments that included $86,000 to Paul, Weiss, a law firm, and $105,600 to Rose Hill Property Assoc., Inc. where he rented campaign space.
And as NYPIRG’s Bill Mahoney points out, the scandal-plagued former governor didn’t pay his $62,125 fine for getting free tickets to the World Series in 2009 with campaign cash. Maybe he used some of his pension.