Members of Congress usually aren’t too concerned about what goes on in Albany — except when their political lives are on the line during redistricting every 10 years.
And that means congressional members are hiring Albany lobbyists and pumping campaign cash into the coffers of legislative leaders, who will undoubtedly decide the new congressional lines. The Times Union put the total lobbying cost so far at nearly $170,000.
A review of campaign-finance records show that Rep. Nita Lowey, D-Harrison, Westchester County, dropped $10,000 into the Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee housekeeping account last November. The housekeeping account — supposed to used for party-building activities — can accept a limitless amount of cash from donors.
In December, Rep. Eliot Engel, D-Bronx, gave the committee $5,000. This month, Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, gave DACC $1,500.
On the Republican side, Rep. Richard Hanna, R-Utica, gave $5,000 to the Senate Republican Campaign Committee in November. He gave another $5,000 this month.