It’s Election Day eve, and political campaigns in New York are now required to disclose any last-minute contributions of $1,000 or more within 24 hours of when they’re received.
Here’s a sampling of the latest:
— Senate Republicans have been sending significant sums of campaign cash in recent days to candidates locked in heated races in battleground districts, sending tens of thousands of dollars last week to Assemblymen Sean Hanna, R-Mendon, Monroe County, and George Amedore, R-Rotterdam, Schenectady County.
The latest beneficiary? New Rochelle developer Bob Cohen.
The Senate Republican Campaign Committee transferred $45,000 to Cohen’s campaign late Friday, adding to the $19,000 it sent to Cohen on Oct. 24, according to the state Board of Elections. That’s on top of the $540,000 the Senate GOP has spent on Cohen’s behalf through mid-October.
Cohen is facing off in a tight race against Assemblyman George Latimer, D-Rye, for the southern Westchester County seat currently held by retiring Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer, D-Mamaroneck.
— A top labor union and the state’s largest business group have poured last-minute donations into the coffers of their endorsed candidates.
The Public Employees Federation, the state’s second-largest public workers union, made four donations of about $10,000 each since Friday. Who was on the receiving end? Sens. Joseph Robach, R-Greece, Monroe County; John Bonacic, R-Mt. Hope, Orange County; and Andrew Lanza, R-Staten Island, as well as the Senate Democrats’ campaign committee.
The Business Council of New York State, meanwhile, made three significant donations since Saturday: $10,300 to Cohen; $9,900 to Buffalo Republican Sen. Mark Grisanti; and $2,500 to Assemblyman Phil Boyle, a Republican running for Senate on Long Island.