Sen. Stephen Saland, R-Poughkeepsie, received a whopping $425,399 in campaign contributions over the past six months as wealthy supporters of same-sex marriage filled his coffers.
Saland’s haul outpaced his conference’s leader, Senate Majority Dean Skelos, who brought it about $322,000 during the six-month period, a review of campaign-finance records show.
Saland’s campaign cash came from many big-name donors who have supported same-sex marriage: businessman Paul Singer, Republican campaign-contributor Daniel Loeb, and one of the Koch brothers, David Koch and his wife, Julia.
They each gave Saland the maximum, $16,800 on Dec. 7 — as did Singer’s son Andrew and his partner, Corey, the records show.
It’s unclear why many of the big contributions came was recorded on Dec. 7. That was the same day the Legislature held a one-day marathon session in Albany to overhaul the state’s tax code.
Saland was viewed as the 32nd critical vote in the Senate that led to same-sex marriage becoming law in New York. The measure passed 33-29 on June 24 after it was overwhelmingly approved by the Democratic-led Assembly.
As of July, Saland had $140,577 in his campaign account. Now he has $503,019.
Here’s the individuals who contributed to his campaign over the past six months: