Hanna Has More Money Than O’Brien In Senate Race

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Republican Sean Hanna is leading the fundraising battle against Democrat Ted O’Brien in the race to succeed Sen. James Alesi, R-Perinton, Monroe County, records today showed, Gannett’s Haley Viccaro reports.

Hanna had a closing balance of $216,153 compared to O’Brien for $118,330, according to the 32-day pre general report for 2012.

Both candidates are expected to receive an infusion of cash from their parties, as well. And Hanna received $268,500 from Senate Republicans.

According to the report, O’Brien spent $67,817 on his campaign while Hanna’s expenses totaled about $360,000. O’Brien raised approximately $87,000 and Hanna raised $369,000 from July until today.

O’Brien gave about $18,000 to the Working Families Party in Schenectady last month. He received $10,300 from Voice of Teachers for Education Vote Cope — NYSUT’s PAC; $10,000 from New York Nurses Association PAC, $7,800 from Friends of Mike Gianaris, the Queens senator running the Senate Democrats’ campaign committee; and $7,300 from the NY/NJ American Dream Fund.

Hanna paid $87,850 and $181,155 to Normal Communications in Rochester for ads.

He received $10,300 from Sean and Ana Fieler as well as $5,000 from Rochester Malls, LLC. Hanna got $10,000 from Rent Stabilization PAC in New York City, and $9,000 from Housing New York PAC.

A Siena College poll Tuesday showed Hanna with a 8-point lead.

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