For immediate release: October 9, 2012

For more information: Bill Mahoney (518) 817-3738

NYS SENATE RACES: GOP RETAINS FUNDRAISING LEAD WITHMORE THAN FIVE TIMES THE MONEY IN THE BANK THAN DEMOCRATS With a month to go before election day, the most recent campaign finance disclosure forms show that Republican committees involved in Senate races have 5.3 times as much money in their campaign coffers as Democrats ones. This is essentially unchanged since July, when they had 5.4 times the money. If current totals for “housekeeping” committees – which haven’t needed to file since July – were available, there is a good chance that the Republican lead would be greater, due to reports that Mayor Bloomberg recently gave the Republicans $1 million. Of course, significant sums of money spent in October will come from Super PACs, which are not included in these totals. NYSUT has recently pledged to spend a fifth of its $4 million “unauthorized committee” to aid Senate Democrats, and a mysterious “Common Sense Principles” committee has recently been funding mailings designed to benefit Republicans. TOTAL MONEY IN THE BANK AS OF MOST RECENT FILINGS1 Democratic Total: $3,464,902.94 $3,024,873.23 $1,216,124.92 $54,187.73 $16,806.33 $152,068.27 $214,836.76 $465,698.29 -$1,679,692.59 $417,310.38 $1,434,184.94 Republican Total: $18,457,431.34 $12,873,503.28

Democrats Candidates on General Election Ballot Regular Party Committee Housekeeping Committee Leadership PACs Incumbents not running for reelection Former Candidates Retired Senators Candidate and Party Debt Other Democratic Money Ex-Legislators Currently in Prison Statewide Committee for Gianaris Republicans Candidates on General Election Ballot
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For most candidates, these filings have been submitted in the past week. However, many retired legislators and the parties’ housekeeping committees have not filed since July.

Regular Party Committee Housekeeping Committee Leadership PACs Incumbents not running for reelection Former Candidates Retired Senators Candidate Debt Other Republican Money Ex-Legislators Currently in Prison IDC Candidates on General Election Ballot Conference PAC Former Candidates

$3,374,069.56 $1,029,741.42 $97,460.16 $492,283.93 $65,004.29 $716,364.49 -$190,995.79 -$173,188.28 IDC Total $1,876,284.99 $1,521,789.93 $340,479.54 $14,015.52