Primary Allowed NY Gov to Raise $4.5M More, Much Unused for Primary

Capital New York: “Though his Democratic challengers created some political headaches for Governor Andrew Cuomo, they did help him in one significant way: Because he ran in a primary, Cuomo enjoyed higher contribution limits that allowed him to raise an additional $4.5 million, only 58 percent of which he reported spending on his September race.

“Contribution limits for statewide candidates in New York who do not have a primary are usually $41,100 from most types of donors. A Democrat running for statewide office is allowed to raise an additional $19,700 from each contributor. Since this bonus is based on enrollment in a candidate’s party, it is lower for non-Democrats: Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino would have only been allowed an additional $12,922 had he faced a primary challenge.”

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