of his money was going to challengers and candidates for open seats. This is especially noticeable withcandidates for the state Legislature. In 2000 and 2002, he heavily backed candidates such asAssemblyman Hoyt and Senators Volker and Stachowski. By the 2008 election cycle, he was fundingtheir opponents.
Election Cycle $ to Incumbent State Legs. $ to non-Incumbents2000
Mr. Paladino’s contributions have gone to can
didates at every level of office:
Type of Candidate Receiving $ Total $Total $ toDemsTotal $ toReps.Total CommitteesReceiving $
$8,100.00 $19,900.0011US Senate
$8,850.00 $28,975.008State Legislative Candidate
$30,715.00 $30,021.2840National Party
$7,700.002State Assm Campaign Committee
$450.00 $3,050.002Local Party
$23,260.50 $8,750.009Local Candidate
4Presidential candidates that Mr. Paladino has financially supported include former President Bush,former Vice President Gore, for House Minority Leader Gephardt, US Senator Kerry, US Secretary of State Clinton, Senator McCain, and former New York City Mayor Giuliani. Records from before theperiod this review indicate that Mr. Paladino financially supported former Presidential candidate Dole.Of the 40 state legislative candidates that reported receiving contributions from Mr. Paladino, formerstate Senator Martin Connor and Assemblymember William Boyland are the only two from districts eastof Rochester. Mel Martinez (US Senator from Florida) is the only Congressional candidate not from NewYork State that received a Paladino contribution.Mr. Paladino has backed multiple candidates in the same race. One example is the 2007 Erie CountyExecutive race, in which Mr. Paladino gave regular donations to different candidates for that office.