Will fundraising in the state Senate foreshadow control of the chamber?

Contributions suggest donors are betting on Democrats

By David Lombardo Published 2:47 pm EDT, Wednesday, July 18, 2018

ALBANY – The political winds in the state Senate may be shifting if recent campaign contributions are a barometer.

For the first time since 2010 – when Democrats had a majority in the chamber – the state Democratic Senate Campaign Committee outpaced the state Senate Republican Campaign Committee in fundraising, according to campaign finance records from the past two months.

A majority of Democratic candidates in contested Senate seats also raised significantly more than their Republican opponents did during the same period.

The funds will be integral to the multi-million dollar battle for control of the state Senate, which Republicans run with a one-seat majority. In a Legislature where the agenda is almost exclusively set by majority politics the filings may also be an indicator of who donors are betting on for November.

“Not only does the victor get the spoils, but the presumed victor gets the spoils,” said Bob Bellafiore, a former aide to Gov. George Pataki.

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