Hochul has raised $34 million so far. His goal could be double.


Ms Hochul broke previous fundraising records when she announced a haul of $21.6 million earlier this year, by far the highest amount a New York candidate has declared for a only deposit period.

She continued to pull in cash at a dizzying rate, in some cases amassing hundreds of thousands of dollars in a single day. She said she took in $340,000 on Tuesday and another $200,000 on Wednesday, according to campaign finance records. That’s more than Mr Suozzi raised during the previous three-week reporting period, which ended in mid-June.

Ms. Hochul’s campaign team believes she needs a big campaign war chest to help secure victory in an election cycle that is expected to overwhelmingly favor Republicans. While she’s been largely absent from the campaign trail, she’s been a far more frantic presence on the fundraising circuit.

On Wednesday, the chief executive of CLEAR – whose biometric technology is used to screen passengers at New York airports – hosted a fundraiser for Ms Hochul at Zero Bond, a nightclub often frequented by Mayor Eric Adams. Tickets cost between $5,000 and $25,000, according to one guest.

In the most recent deposits, which arrive daily and include contributions since June 14, Ms. Hochul had already surpassed $1 million on Friday, with an average donation of around $10,000 and two new donors giving her the maximum of $69. $700. Since he took office, at least 10% of his money has come from donors giving the maximum.

Real estate interests, still reeling from the loss of a lucrative tax break that expired this year, continue to pump money into Ms Hochul’s campaign. Two members of the Cayre real estate family, which controls Midtown Equities, gave their all this week, bringing the family’s total to more than $400,000 since November.

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