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Nypirg Top Donors 2013

Nypirg Top Donors 2013

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From the NYS Public Interest Research Group
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NEWS RELEASE
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014 Bill Mahoney, (518) 817-3738
ANALYSIS: 170 CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTORS DONATED $50,000 OR MORE IN 2013 BIG DONORS PUMP $28 MILLION INTO CAMPAIGN COFFERS MEGA-DONORS ACCOUNT FOR MORE THAN HALF OF DONATIONS TO NEW YORK STATE POLS GOVERNOR CUOMO LARGEST BENEFICIARY OF LARGESSE
170 campaign contributors donated $50,000 or more to state-level candidates and party committees in 2013.
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 They contributed a total of $28,211,646.61, representing more than half
 –
 51.41% - of all the money donated by
New York’s 19.7 million residents.
 Most of the mega-
donors took advantage of various loopholes in the state’s campaign finance system. For
example, James Simons, number one on this list, was legally allowed to give $1 million to the NYS Democratic
Committee’s Housekeeping account. Number two, Leonard Litwin, made donations from 21 different limited liability companies (“LLCs”).
Ten Biggest Recipients of donations from the State’s Lar
gest Donors
Governor Cuomo was overwhelmingly the largest beneficiary of the current system. Donations to his campaign committee and to the housekeeping account of the NYS Democrats
 –
 which spent millions of dollars running television advertisements featuring the Governor selling New Yorkers on his agenda
 –
 accounted for 40% of the total money raised from this list of mega-donors.
 
Rank Recipient Total Received
1 NEW YORK STATE DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE (HOUSEKEEPING) $6,022,988.58 2 ANDREW CUOMO 2014, INC. $5,237,408.73 3 NYS DEMOCRATIC ASSEMBLY CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE (DACC) $1,606,400.00 4 NYS SENATE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE $1,489,050.00 5 SCHNEIDERMAN 2014 $1,306,492.39 6 NYS DEMOCRATIC SENATE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE (NYS DSCC) $1,070,600.00 7 NYS SENATE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE - HOUSEKEEPING $1,067,651.17 8 NEW YORK REPUBLICAN STATE COMMITTEE - HOUSEKEEPING $791,700.00 9 WORKING FAMILIES PARTY, INC. $754,892.32 10 DINAPOLI 2014 $718,969.00
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 These numbers only reflect donations made to statewide candidates, legislative candidates, statewide political parties, or leadership PACs maintained by state legislators. Several donors on this list donated substantial amounts of money to Super PACs involved in 2013 elections in New York City; these totals are not included. The numbers in this report were based on what was reported by these committees. Donations to committees who filed their January 15
th
 disclosure reports more than two weeks late are excluded. It is possible that some of these numbers could actually be larger, since we have not been able to identify every single vaguely-titled LLC that has donated to candidates in New York.
 
 
170 Donors of $50,000 or more to State-Level Candidates or Parties in 2013 Rank Donor Total Donated Largest Recipient
1 SIMONS, JAMES AND MARILYN
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 $1,156,500.00 $1,000,000: NEW YORK STATE DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE (HOUSEKEEPING) 2 LEONARD LITWIN
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 $1,013,200.00 $375,000: ANDREW CUOMO 2014, INC. 3 SOROS, GEORGE $760,000.00 $750,000: NEW YORK STATE DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE (HOUSEKEEPING) 4 1199 $733,500.00 $190,200: WORKING FAMILIES PARTY, INC. 5 NYSUT $717,343.00 $102,300: NYS DEMOCRATIC ASSEMBLY CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE (DACC); NYS DEMOCRATIC SENATE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE (NYS DSCC) 6 GNYHA $686,388.58 $201,688.58: NEW YORK STATE DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE (HOUSEKEEPING) 7 TRIAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION $578,710.00 $102,300: NYS DEMOCRATIC ASSEMBLY CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE (DACC); NYS SENATE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE 8 TIME WARNER $558,912.52 $175,000: NEW YORK STATE DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE (HOUSEKEEPING) 9 EMPIRE DENTAL $453,250.00 $100,000: NYS DEMOCRATIC ASSEMBLY CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE (DACC); NYS SENATE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE 10 BROOKFIELD FINANCIAL AND THEIR HOLDINGS $427,250.00 $350,000: NEW YORK STATE DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE (HOUSEKEEPING) 11 HEALTHCARE ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK $380,875.00 $110,000: NYS SENATE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE - HOUSEKEEPING 12 HOSPITALS INSURANCE COMPANY, INC. $371,500.00 $200,000: NEW YORK STATE DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE (HOUSEKEEPING) 13 NYS CORRECTION OFFICERS PBA $358,777.22 $60,000: NYS DEMOCRATIC ASSEMBLY CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE (DACC) 14 CABLEVISION $354,097.60 $100,000: NEW YORK STATE DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE (HOUSEKEEPING) 15 UNITED FEDERATION OF TEACHERS $347,800.00 $250,000: NEW YORK STATE DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE (HOUSEKEEPING) 16 NY HOTEL AND MOTEL TRADES COUNCIL $329,200.00 $129,500: WORKING FAMILIES PARTY, INC. 17 TISHMAN SPEYER DEVELOPMENT LLC $318,300.00 $200,000: NEW YORK STATE DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE (HOUSEKEEPING)
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 While family members can obviously donate independently of each other, they usually share common financial interests. Names of immediate family members were merged if there is evidence (such as a history of donations to the same candidates or contributions made from the same checking accounts) that their contributions have frequently been coordinated. In the case of Simons, he would have retained his position at #1 on this list with $1,101,500 even if his wife were not included in his total.
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 In most cases, names that are capitalized appear with the same spelling somewhere in the campaign finance database maintained by the Board of Elections. Names that appear in sentence case were created by the author to help identify donors whose identities are obfuscated by vaguely-named LLCs or PACs.
 
 
 
18 EXTELL DEVELOPMENT + Gary Barnett $315,000.00 $200,000: ANDREW CUOMO 2014, INC. 19 AT&T $309,725.00 $125,000: NEW YORK STATE DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE (HOUSEKEEPING) 20 CORRECTION OFFICERS BENEVOLENT ASSN $305,750.00 $55,500: NYS SENATE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE 21 PUBLIC EMPLOYEES FEDERATION (NYS) $292,112.00 $102,300: NYS DEMOCRATIC SENATE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE (NYS DSCC) 22 IUOE $291,400.00 $78,000: ANDREW CUOMO 2014, INC. 23 CWA $282,370.00 $124,245: WORKING FAMILIES PARTY, INC. 24 LEN BLAVATNIK $280,000.00 $150,000: ANDREW CUOMO 2014, INC. 25 RENT STABILIZATION ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK $277,100.00 $175,000: NYS SENATE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE 26 AFSCME/ CSEA/ DC37 $275,880.00 $61,350: DINAPOLI 2014 27 RUDIN MANAGEMENT COMPANY $275,000.00 $150,000: NEW YORK STATE DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE 28 ROVT, ALEXANDER AND IMMEDIATE FAMILY $273,100.00 $150,000: NEW YORK STATE DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE (HOUSEKEEPING) 29 NYS BEER WHOLESALERS $266,200.00 $100,000: NYS DEMOCRATIC ASSEMBLY CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE (DACC) 30 VERIZON $262,889.40 $106,500: NEW YORK STATE DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE (HOUSEKEEPING) 31 32BJ $251,800.00 $107,500: WORKING FAMILIES PARTY, INC. 32 EAST COAST PLUMBING LLC/ EAST COAST INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS LLC $250,000.00 $250,000: NEW YORK STATE DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE (HOUSEKEEPING) 32 KOCH, DAVID $250,000.00 $250,000: NEW YORK REPUBLICAN STATE COMMITTEE - HOUSEKEEPING 34 REAL ESTATE BOARD $244,400.00 $25,000: ANDREW CUOMO 2014, INC.; NYS DEMOCRATIC ASSEMBLY CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE (DACC) 35 PHRMA $233,250.00 $82,750: NYS SENATE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE - HOUSEKEEPING 36 BONOMO, ANTHONY & immediate family $224,167.39 $155,000: ANDREW CUOMO 2014, INC. 37 NEW YORK GAMING ASSOCIATION $218,488.10 $20,000: NYS DEMOCRATIC ASSEMBLY CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE HOUSEKEEPING (DACC) 38 PHYSICIANS RECIPROCAL INSURERS $216,300.00 $50,000: NEW YORK STATE DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE (HOUSEKEEPING) 39 NORTHEAST REGIONAL COUNCIL OF CARPENTERS and locals $213,500.00 $75,000: NYS DEMOCRATIC SENATE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE (NYS DSCC) 40 MEDICAL SOCIETY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK $213,024.68 $50,000: NYS DEMOCRATIC ASSEMBLY CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE (DACC); NYS SENATE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE 41 NEW YORK STATE $211,485.00 $43,000: NYS SENATE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE

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