ALBANY -- Carl Paladino gave his campaign another $1 million from his own personal fortune in the closing days of his successful primary victory over Rick Lazio to help fund such expenses as television ads, travel and consultants, his campaign reported today.
In a required post-primary filing with the state elections board, Paladino reported raising an additional $200,000 in contributions in the period 11 days before last week's primary until this week.
The Buffalo businessman listed $1.2 million in expenses during the brief period, including about $700,000 spent on television ads. He was left with $25,000 in the bank, which he has been replenishing with his own money since he began running last spring.
During the period Lazio reported raising $286,000, with expenses of $486,000. He was left with $302,000 in the bank. Lazio is mulling whether to continue running in the general election against Paladino and Democrat Andrew Cuomo, though he is under mounting pressure from Republicans to drop out so he does not take votes from Paladino.